The Department of Human Genetics is the home within the Biological Sciences Division  for the study of basic principles of genetics and genomics as applied to human disease. PhD candidates in Human Genetics are provided through the curriculum with courses and broad training in experimental genetics and genomics, statistical and population genetics, bioinformatics, and clinical genetics.

A common theme throughout the Committee’s research is the application of basic genetic principles and strategies to the study of disease mechanism, disease susceptibility, and the genetic architecture of complex traits. Human Genetics faculty bridge the gap between basic and clinical research to train students for careers in academia, industry, and medicine.

Faculty members conduct research in a wide variety of areas of human genetics including:

  • Complex Human Diseases and Phenotypes
  • Population and Evolutionary Genetics
  • Genomics of Gene Expression
  • Animal Models of Human Diseases
  • Systems Biology
  • Epigenetics and Stem Cell Genetics
  • Neurogenetics/Psychiatric Genetics
  • Pharmacogenetics

Faculty and students conduct a broad range of basic and translational research in both wet and computational dry labs. Many PhD students combine wet and dry lab work in their thesis research. All students are encouraged to take advantage of interactive and collaborative relationships at the departmental, divisional, and university-wide levels.

Before joining a lab and developing their own research proposal, students attend bi-weekly seminars where divisional faculty present their research programs. Students also undertake two or three laboratory rotations to become acquainted with the full spectrum of research and trainers available to them.