Genetics and Molecular Biology

The area of Genetics and Molecular Biology is the study of the fundamental workings of the cell, and how cells function in the context of an organism. Areas of current research in our department cover a wide range of topics such as DNA replication and repair, gene regulation through chromatin structure, cell differentiation and cell signaling during development, and interaction of virulence factors and immune cells.
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Faculty Mentors

*Faculty mentors currently not accepting graduate students.

Faculty Advisor for this Concentration

Suggested Program of Study and Appropriate Courses

  • Suggested Courses (*required course)

    Year 1
    • Bio 253, 254: Research rotation projects* (fall and spring)
    • Bio 260: Teaching Biology, Pedagogy and Practice* (fall course required for first year TAs)
    • Bio 190: DNA: Structure to Function (spring course)
    • Bio 241: Advanced Genetics: DNA Repair and Genome Editing (fall course)
    • Other upper level lecture or seminar course as recommended (for example, Molecular Biology [Bio 105], Seminar in Molecular Biology and Genetics [Bio 188], Applied Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis [Bio 263], or other specially offered courses)
    Year 2
    • Bio 243: Graduate Seminar in Molecular and Cellular Biology* (required course recommended for fall of second year)
    • Bio 257 (fall), Bio 258 (spring): Special Topics* (Laboratory research, Experimental design)
    • Bio 291: Graduate research seminar in Molecular and Developmental Biology (graded S/U, 1 SHU, research seminar presentations)
    • Upper level seminar course as recommended
    • Bio 259: Capstone: Research Proposal and Review
  • Biology Department Courses Courses in Other Departments
    Developmental Biology (Bio 103) Principles of Medical Imaging (Bio 131)
    Immunology (Bio 104) Molecular Biotechnology (Bio 162)
    Molecular Biology (Bio 105) Recombinant DNA Techniques (Bio 163)
    Microbiology (Bio 106) Biotechnology Processing Projects Lab (Bio 168)
    Biostatistics (Bio 132) Seminar in Biotechnology (Bio 169)
    Ecological Statistics and Data w/ Lab (Bio 133) Biochemistry I and II (Bio 171 & 172)
    Neurobiology (Bio 134) Biomaterials And Tissue Engineering (Bio 174)
    Biochemistry and Cellular Metabolism (Bio 152)  
    Food For All: Ecology, Biotechnology & Sustainability (Bio 185)  
    Seminar in Molecular Biology and Genetics (Bio 188)  
    *DNA: Structure to Function (Bio 190)  
    R for Biologists (Bio 196)  
    Seminar in Molecular Evolution (Bio 196)  
    Advanced Genetics and Genome Editing (Bio 196-02)  
    Techniques in Biotechnology (Bio 196-24)  
    R and Programming for Biologists (Bio 196-25)  
    *Graduate Seminar in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Bio 243)  
    Science Communication (Bio 262)  
    Applied Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis (Bio 263)  

Associated Labs

European corn borer

The Dopman Lab

Principal Investigator: Erik Dopman
Location: 200 Boston Ave., Suite 4739

petri dish with flatworms

Fuhrman Lab

Our lab is studying the basic biology of parasitic roundworms in the hope of devising novel strategies for controlling infection and preventing disease, focusing on filarial parasites, which are responsible for causing elephantiasis and onchocerciasis, or river blindness, in humans.

artist rendering of scientists at work

The Levin Lab

Principal Investigator: Michael Levin
Location: 200 Boston Ave., Suite 4600

DNA strand break

The McVey Lab

Principal Investigator: Mitch McVey
Location: 200 Boston Ave., Suite 4700

DNS strands and repetition

The Mirkin Lab

Principal Investigator: Sergei M. Mirkin
Location: 200 Boston Ave., Suite 4700

vegetables in jars

The Wolfe Lab

Principal Investigator: Benjamin Wolfe
Location: 200 Boston Avenue