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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.
Hannah Wiedner published review in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology
Hannah Wiedner (Jimena Giudice lab) published a review titled “It’s not just a phase: function and characteristics of RNA-binding proteins in phase separation” in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology (DOI: 10.1038/s41594-021-00601-w). Image: Cellular condensates and their proposed functions (see article for details; click to enlarge).
Emma Hinkle writes about to make the genetics field more equitable
Emma Hinkle (Jimena Giudice lab), wrote a guest post for the Genes to Genomes blog of the Genetics Society of America, titled Three ways that the field genetics can be more equitable. She discusses this through the topics of genetics education, genetics research, and representation within the field.
Natalie Rittenhouse publishes paper in Genetics
Natalie Rittenhouse (Jill Dowen lab) published a paper titled “Functional impact of cancer-associated cohesin variants on gene expression and cellular identity” in Genetics (DOI: ). Image: Summary of the impact of Cohesin variants on transcriptional insulation (see article for details; click to enlarge).
Juan Carvajal Garcia publishes article in PLOS Genetics
Juan Carvajal Garcia (Dale Ramsden lab and Jeff Sekelsky lab) published an article titled “DNA polymerase theta suppresses mitotic crossing over” in PLOS Genetics (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1009267). Image: Disrupted abdominal patterning and cell death in mutants lacking Slx4 (Mus312) and PolQ; see article for details.
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