Diana Chong speaks at the 2016 Genetics Retreat in Asheville, NC.

The Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB) is an interdepartmental PhD program that trains students broadly in the fields of genetics and molecular biology. 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 excellent publication records and are successful in obtaining grants and winning regional and national awards.  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.

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Congratulationgladfelter-hhmi-for-webs to GMB faculty member Dr Amy Gladfelter (Department of Biology), who has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholar. This designation is awarded to early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field. Dr. Gladfelter’s research focuses on how multinucleate cells are organized in time and space and how cells perceive their shape and use geometry to inform signaling and decision-making.  READ MORE >>

Catherine Fahey and Julia DiFiore publishes paper in Journal of Biological Chemistry

Catherine Fahey (Kim Rathmell and Ian Davis labs) and Julia DiFiore (Brian Strahl lab) published an article titled “Structure/function analysis of recurrent mutations in SETD2 reveals a critical and conserved role for a SET domain residue in maintaining protein stability and H3K36 trimethylation” in Journal of Biology Chemistry (online ahead of print). (Image: γH2AX foci after irradiation of HKC cells carrying wild-type or mutant SETD2; see article for details.)

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Taylor Penke publishes paper in Genes and Development

Penke2016Taylor Penke (Bob Duronio lab) published an article titled “Direct interrogation of the role of H3K9 in metazoan heterochromatin function” in Genes and Development 30: 1866-1880. (Image: Cover showing Drosophila polytene chromosome from an H3K9R mutant stained with antibody for H3K9me3; see article for details.)

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Aminah Wali publishes paper in PNAS

Wali2016Aminah Wali (Ian Davis lab) published an article titled “High-throughput small molecule screen identifies inhibitors of aberrant chromatin accessibility” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113: 3018-23. (Image: Heat map of normalized FAIRE enrichment; see article for details.)

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