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Human Genetics Track

The Human Genetics track provides broad training in human genetics at both the PhD and MS level for students wanting to understand human genetic variation and its relation to health and disease. Through our core curriculum, studentsfirst receive a broad overview of the key areas of human genetics (molecular, biochemical, clinical, cytogenetics, and genetic epidemiology), and then specialize in their own particular areas of interest. The track utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach to research training that involves a diverse set of faculty from throughout the campus. Recent students have carried out their research in a wide range of areas, including:

  • mechanisms of DNA repair
  • cancer genetics/cytogenetics
  • biochemical/clinical genetics and screening
  • gene mapping in simple and complex diseases
  • gene discovery and characterization of gene function
  • mechanisms and roles of recombination and mutation in bacteria causing human disease
  • population genetics and genetic epidemiology
  • clinical utility of telomerase measurements in monitoring cancer patients
  • characterization of chromosomal diversity in an Amish population

Please feel free to contact the director of this track with any questions: 

Toni Pollin, PhD
Leader, Human Genetics Track
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
(410) 706-1630