About Us


The Department of Molecular Genetics is devoted to exploring questions in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology and developmental biology using viruses, fungi, plants, and animals, with strengths in model organisms and genetic systems.

Our department represents a diverse group of researchers and teachers who are striving to understand fundamental issues in biology. Students in our programs develop the essential skills and knowledge that will enable them to tackle future exciting problems in biology.

Please select from the links to the right to learn more about the exciting educational and research opportunities available for graduate as well as undergraduate students.

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  • Research in the fields of molecular, cellular and developmental genetics
  • Teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels 
  • Service to the university and the national and international scientific communities

All of our faculty participate in educating undergraduate and graduate students both in the classroom and through their research programs. The faculty members have strong records of funding from national agencies. We publish papers in the top journals and are invited to present research at national and international meetings; several faculty members are recipients of national research awards. The outstanding reputation of our research has translated into excellent undergraduate and graduate programs that provide state of the art preparation for careers in modern biology.