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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.


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.

Nila Pazhayam awarded NRSA F31 Fellowship

Congratulations to Nila Pazhayam (Jeff Sekelsky lab), who was awarded an NRSA F31 predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health.  Nila’s project is titled “Preventing Age-Associated Oocyte Aneuploidy: Mechanisms Behind the Drosophila melanogaster Centromere Effect.


Please also see our page on Grants to GMB Students.

GMB students participate in Shadow and Scientist program

Participants in Shadow a ScientistGMB students Sarah Brotman (Karen Mohlke lab) and Nisitha Sengottuvel (Chad Pecot lab) participated in the Shadow a Scientist program. Shadow A Scientist is a graduate-student run organization that plans and conducts outreach visits for underserved communities in NC. Sarah and Saygin participated in a Q&A session with students from East Burke High School in Connelly Springs in March 2022 and Nisitha participated in a “Path in Science” panel with students from Duplin County Health Sciences Academy in April 2022. Photos can be found here.

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