Sep 22, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 

Genetics and Genomics (CALS)

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Genetics and Genomics Program Information

Program Co-Directors: Doug Soltis and Maurice Swanson

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The University of Florida Genetics Institute is a multi-college, multi-faceted research center which offers the a degree program leading to the Ph.D. in Genetics and Genomics.  Minimum requirements for this degree are available in the Graduate Degrees  section of this catalog.

What defines the Genetics & Genomics Graduate Program is the philosophy that good geneticists are integrative geneticists, who incorporate many different subfields of genetics into their work. Accordingly, faculty interests and graduate research opportunities include a wide range of areas: advances in gene therapy, understanding the maintenance of genetic variation, understanding plant immune responses, developing improved algorithms for identifying regulatory motifs in DNA sequences, and the challenges of bioethics to strategies for controlling malaria. Due to the fundamental nature of genetics in the life sciences, our training program is distributed across several colleges at UF, including but not limited to the College of Medicine, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the College of Agricultural and the Life Sciences.

Graduate Program Overview

First Year:

  • Advanced Genetics (PCB 5065 )
  • Genomics & Bioinformatics (GMS 6231 )
  • Big Data (GMS 5905  )
  • Advanced Molecular & Cellular Biology (BCH 6415 )
  • Ethics in Genetics (GMS 6221 )
  • Seminar in Genetics (GMS 6290 ) begins in the first semester and continues throughout students’ graduate careers
  • Laboratory Rotations (ANG 7979  )

The first year core training is the research rotation program, in which students “rotate” through three labs in a minimum of two colleges. Rotations are critical to selecting a graduate advisor: they provide a hands-on opportunity to participate in the research being conducted in a lab, and a mutual opportunity to evaluate fit between advisor and prospective student.

Second Year:

  • Individual program of courses and requirements is developed in consultation with major professor and dissertation committee

Admission Standards: Prospective students should have strong backgrounds in biology and other hard sciences. Exceptional students with other backgrounds will also be considered. The research statement required as part of the application has a particularly important part in the admissions decision. Each applicant must describe his/her research interests, so that Graduate Faculty can evaluate knowledge of the discipline, fit to the program, and ability to articulate and motivate an interesting research problem. The required Letters of Recommendation are also extremely important in helping identify applicants with exceptional aptitude for genetics, and with research experience and promise.

Contact the Genetics and Genomics Graduate Program by email, or by phone, 352-273-8100.

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Degrees Offered with a Major in Genetics and Genomics

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy - Clinical and Translational Science


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