The Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB) is an interdepartmental graduate program. PhDs.org ranks GMB among the top U.S. graduate programs in genetics and genomics. The Curriculum was initiated in 1963 and has been supported by an NRSA T32 training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) since 1974.
We train outstanding students to be creative, sophisticated research scientists. Our students have outstanding publication records and are successful in obtaining grants and winning regional and national awards. Our students are diverse: NIGMS highlighted our program for its “notable record of diversity recruitment and retention“.
The research interests of the faculty span a broad range of topics, from model organisms genetics to clinical and translational research; quantitative genetics and complex traits to virology and plant genetics. UNC is is in the top 10 of all institutions for federal R&D grant support.
Please see individual pages for more about the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology at UNC.
Jennifer Kulzer publishes paper in American J. Human Genetics
Jennifer Kulzer(Karen Mohlke lab) published a paper titled “A common functional regulatory variant at a type 2 diabetes locus upregulates ARAP1 expression in the pancreatic beta cell” in American Journal of Human Genetics (v. 94, pp 186-197). (Image: Association of SNPs with fasting proinsulin levels; see article for details.)
Christian Parobek publishes paper in J. Clinical Microbiology
Christian Parobek (Jon Juliano lab) published a paper titled “A multilocus microsatellite genotyping array to investigate the genetic epidemiology of Pneumocystis jirovecii” in Journal of Clinical Microbiology (published ahead of print Feb 12). (Image: Potential mutational paths from haplotypes from Uganda, Spain, and San Francisco.)
Kate Hacker publishes paper in Genome Research
Kate Hacker (Kim Rathmell lab) is co-first author on a paper titled “Variation in chromatin accessibility in human kidney cancer links H3K36 methyltransferase loss with widespread RNA processing defects” in Genome Research (v. 24, pp 241-250). (Image: H3K36me3 staining in clear cell renal carcinoma – normal kidney pairs; see article for details.)
Jeffrey Damrauer publishes paper in PNAS
Jeffrey Damrauer (Billy Kim lab) published a paper titled “Intrinsic subtypes of high-grade bladder cancer reflect the hallmarks of breast cancer biology” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (v. 111, pp 3110-3115). (Image: proposed model of urothelial tumorigenesis; see article for details.)