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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 open! The deadline is December 31, 2019.

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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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Stem-cell-ubiquitous genes spatiotemporally coordinate division through regulation of stem-cell-specific gene networks.
Clark, NM, Buckner, E, Fisher, AP, Nelson, EC, Nguyen, TT, Simmons, AR, de Luis Balaguer, MA, Butler-Smith, T, Sheldon, PJ, Bergmann, DC, Williams, CM, Sozzani, R
Nat Commun. 2019;10 (1):5574. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-13132-2. PubMed PMID:31811116 .

Automated Imaging, Tracking, and Analytics Pipeline for Differentiating Environmental Effects on Root Meristematic Cell Division.
Buckner, E, Madison, I, Chou, H, Matthiadis, A, Melvin, CE, Sozzani, R, Williams, C, Long, TA
Front Plant Sci. 2019;10 :1487. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01487. PubMed PMID:31803217 PubMed Central PMC6877711.

Risk factors associated with progressive myelomalacia in dogs with complete sensorimotor loss following intervertebral disc extrusion: a retrospective case-control study.
Castel, A, Olby, NJ, Ru, H, Mariani, CL, Muñana, KR, Early, PJ
BMC Vet. Res. 2019;15 (1):433. doi: 10.1186/s12917-019-2186-0. PubMed PMID:31796017 .

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December 13, 2019
  • Friday | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Annual Genetics Holiday Party
    3503 Thomas Hall

    Holiday Party Information:  

    1. Decorating the Genetics Tree on THURSDAY, 12/12

       - Let's decorate the tree together! All who would like to participate are encouraged to come to the Thomas Hall 3rd floor lobby at 1pm on Thursday, December 12th. 

    2. Potluck

       - Bring a dish to share! To help with planning, please list what you are bringing on this spreadsheet. The Genetics Program will provide some additional meats and sides. 

    3. Ornament-Making Contest (Group-Entry):

       - Make an ornament with your lab group or cohort! Please only one ornament per lab/group. 
       - Ornaments need to incorporate at least 50% laboratory theme elements/items.
       - Submissions must be entered in the contest by 4:30 pm on Thursday, December 12th. Please bring your ornament to Jenni Wilson located at 3510 Thomas Hall.
       - Ornaments will be displayed at the party with a ballot box so guests can vote for their favorite submission. Voting will end at 1:45pm, and winners will be announced at 2pm.

    4. Ugly Christmas "Sweater" Contest (Individual-Entry):

       - Come dressed in your favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater! Register your sweater when you arrive to enter the contest.
       - "Sweater" can be a traditional sweater, T-shirt, cardigan, etc. Both store-bought and homemade entries are welcome.
       - Contestants must register their sweater with Jenni Wilson at the party by 1:30pm. Contestants will be asked to stand and showcase their sweater before voting begins.
       - A ballot box will be provided so guests can vote for their favorite sweater. Voting will end at 1:45pm, and winners will be announced at 2pm.

    There will also be some board games available, a photo wall, and other festive activities for everyone to enjoy throughout the party. We hope to see you all there!