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Genetics and Genomics

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Chair and Graduate Coordinator: W. Vermerris.

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The University of Florida Genetics Institute is a multi-college, multi-faceted research center. Good geneticists are integrative geneticists, who incorporate many different subfields of genetics into their work. The core mission is to improve the quality of life of people throughout the world via integrative, genetics-based research. Accordingly, faculty interests and graduate research opportunities include a wide range of areas from advances in gene therapy to understanding the maintenance of genetic variation, from understanding plant immune responses to developing improved algorithms for identifying regulatory motifs in DNA sequences, and from the challenges of bioethics to strategies for controlling malaria.

The highlight of the first year core training is the research rotations program. Student laboratory rotations are a particularly exciting feature of the genetics and genomics doctoral program, and epitomize the philosophy that good geneticists are broadly trained and integrative. Many current Graduate Faculty members still vividly recall the transforming effects of their rotations during graduate school–they didn’t always end up where they expected! Rotations can open students’ eyes to areas of genetics that they had never considered and entice them into considering brand new career opportunities. Each student will sample the breadth and depth of genetics research at UF by carrying out three 8-week modules consisting of design, implementation, and analysis of genetics experiments. Each rotation is conducted in close association with a Graduate Faculty member. To ensure that students fully experience the impressive breadth of genetics research at UF, their rotations are hosted by Graduate Faculty in at least two different colleges. Students will also take PCB 5065 , Advanced Genetics; GMS 6181 , Special Topics in Microbiology (among the topics are genomics and bioinformatics, and ethics for genetics research); STA 6166 , Statistical Methods I; and other electives as desired. In addition, throughout their tenure in the program, students participate in the Genetics Seminar, which is an opportunity to present their rotation plans and results of research to faculty and other students.

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.

For more information, write to the Genetics and Genomics Graduate Program, Attn: Graduate Secretary, Genetics Institute, University of Florida, PO Box 100196, Gainesville, FL 32610-0196.

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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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