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UNC Genetics Retreat 2022
UNC Genetics Retreat, Wilmington, NC, Sept 2022.

The Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB) is an interdepartmental PhD program whose mission is (1) to train students from diverse backgrounds to earn a PhD in the fields of genetics, genomics, and molecular biology by guiding them through the acquisition of essential elements of the PhD, including responsible achievement of significant original research; and (2) to provide opportunities for learning about the breadth of careers in research and research-related fields and acquiring the skills and experiences that will facilitate the transition into such careers.

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.


Emma Hinkle publishes paper in Communications Biology

Figure from Hinkle et al. 2022Emma Hinkle (Jimena Giudice lab) published an article titled “Stretching muscle cells induces transcriptional and splicing transitions and changes in SR proteins” in Communications Biology (DOI: 10.1038/s42003-022-03915-7). Image: Cartoon of how mechanosensitive targets might play a role in the MAPK signaling cascade (see article for details; click to enlarge).

Please see our page on Publications by GMB Students for more.

Rachel Dumez Wins People’s Choice Award at Three Minute Thesis Competition

Rachel DumezCongratulations to Genetics and Molecular Biology Graduate Student Rachel DuMez in the lab of Rob Dowen, UNC Departments of Biology and Cell Biology & Physiology for receiving the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2022 Three Minute Thesis Competition!

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Alex Stutzman and Rachel DuMez win Best Talk; Sonia Mikhailovic Best Poster at Genetics Retreat

Retreat Award winner photosWinners of awards at the Genetics Retreat were:

Sarah Brotman and Hannah Wiedner win Terry Magnuson Dissertation Award

Sarah Brotman and Hannah Weidner win Magnuson Award

Sarah Brotman (Karen Mohlke lab) and Hannah Wiedner (Jimena Giudice lab) were selected as winners of the Terry Magnuson Dissertation Award. This award, named in honor of the founding chair of the Department of Genetics at UNC, is given to one or two outstanding students in their final year of graduate study.

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