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NC State Genetics embraces collaborative research that addresses long-standing questions in genetics in order to produce outstanding undergraduate and graduate training programs

1st Genetics Program in the Nation

Over the past 66 years, Genetics at NC State has continued to develop a program of excellence. It consists of over 90 faculty members in 14 departments and 5 colleges, with research interests encompassing everything from behavioral genetics and bioinformatics to cellular and developmental genetics. It offers exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs, attracting students domestically and globally from a wide range of communities. Students have access to state of the art facilities, receive personalized mentorship, and have multiple opportunities to take place in hands-on research.

Khushi Goda, PhD Candidate

“From being a complete desk-bound researcher, I now get to use cranes to work with gigantic Loblolly pine trees in vast open fields! The peace and quiet is rejuvenating! I get to work with real pine breeders and incorporate solutions to their problems into my research.”

Dr. Rubén Rellán-Álvarez, Faculty

“[I’m looking for] students with an interest in understanding how natural genetic variation shapes local adaptation and are willing to investigate this process using a variety of tools…that can help understand the functional mechanism of candidate genes involved in local adaptation.”

Dr. Steven Vensko II, PhD alum (2015)

“[NC State Genetics] worked to educate students on the differences between academia and industry and supported students regardless of which path they felt was best for them…the opportunities to network with those in industry and even work as an intern at a local biotechnology company allowed me to earn the position I have today.”



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The Fall 2020 application for the Graduate Program in Genetics is now closed. The deadline for the Fall 2021 admission cycle will be December 31, 2020.

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We offer undergraduate majors classroom training in fundamentals of genetics and other sciences and opportunities for a meaningful research experience.

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Recent Publications

Global historic pandemics caused by the FAM-1 genotype of Phytophthora infestans on six continents.
Saville, AC, Ristaino, JB
Sci Rep. 2021;11 (1):12335. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-90937-6. PubMed PMID:34117299 .

Plasticity in Oviposition Site Selection Behavior in Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in Relation to Adult Density and Host Distribution and Quality.
Elsensohn, JE, Schal, C, Burrack, HJ
J Econ Entomol. 2021; :. doi: 10.1093/jee/toab108. PubMed PMID:34114635 .

Promiscuous molecules for smarter file operations in DNA-based data storage.
Tomek, KJ, Volkel, K, Indermaur, EW, Tuck, JM, Keung, AJ
Nat Commun. 2021;12 (1):3518. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-23669-w. PubMed PMID:34112775 .

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