The Genetics and Genomics Program comprises faculty encompassing an array of multidisciplinary fields in genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics, and is partnered with the newly established Institute for Systems Genomics. Students in the Molecular and Cell Biology graduate program may pursue a Masters or Ph.D.  degree in this area of concentration. Students interested in careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries may also pursue an MS degree in Applied Genomics in the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program (Contact for more information).

Areas of research focus include bioinformatics, chromosome structure and function, comparative genomics and genome evolution, developmental genetics, molecular evolution, sex chromosome function and evolution, control of transcription, modulation of noncoding RNAs, human genomics, animal models for genome biology, centromere biology, epigenetics and the regulation of genome expression.


Barbara Mellone, Program Head
phone: (860)-486-9223


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