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Genetics Education

Duke Genetics Programs

Graduate Study

Genetic Counseling Internships

CHG Faculty-Taught

CHG Resources
Online Genetics Courses
Bioinformatics Workshop

Genetics Education at Duke

Graduate Study

The Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics is an umbrella graduate training program that spans several basic science and clinical departments and bridges the medical center and the college of arts and sciences. There are currently 72 faculty and 59 students in the program, which was founded in 1967 and has been continuously supported by a training grant from the NIH for the past 25 years. Over the past several decades, the program has served as an important forum for training and education in genetics, including model systems, population genetics, and human genetics.

The Duke UPGG program is unique in that it is degree granting. Thus students can either receive their degree via the University Program in Genetics and Genomics, or via their host department that students affiliate with upon joining a laboratory for graduate training. The requirements for the two are different, since students who choose to earn their degree from the host department satisfy both UPGG and departmental requirements. In many cases, the requirements for the UPGG program satisfy the departmental requirements.

Graduate Study leading to PhD Degree

The PhD degree is available in a variety of disciplines in human genetics through Duke CHG: genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, molecular genetics, gene therapy, and mouse models for human disease.

Apply through the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics

For more information, contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Hauser
Phone: (919) 684-0603
E-Mail: elizabeth.hauser@duke.edu

Program of Study in Human Genetics for Third-Year Medical Students

This program allows Duke University medical students to gain a working understanding of human genetics research.

Research opportunities are available in laboratories focusing on genetic epidemiology, positional cloning, gene therapy, and mouse models for human disease.

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Genetic Counseling Internships

Genetic counseling students can obtain a specialized internship experience in neurogenetic genetic counseling and research genetic counseling.

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CHG Faculty-Taught Courses

CRP 243 Introduction to Medical Genetics


This course provides fundamental knowledge in human genetics and genetic systems of the mouse and other model organisms. Topics include: introduction to concepts of inheritance (DNA, chromatin, genes, chromosomes); the human genome (normal genetic variation, SNPs, comparative genomes, molecular mechanisms behind inheritance patterns, and mitochondrial genetics); mouse genetics (classical mouse genetics, genotype- and phenotype-driven approaches, QTL mapping); microarrays (expression, genomic, ChIP (chromatin IP on chip), bioinformatics and use of genome databases); genetic association studies (haplotype blocks, study design in complex disease and approaches to complex disease gene identification, pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics).

Bioinformatics Workshop
Organizer: Dr. Simon Gregory

Email for more information
The Duke Bioinformatics Workshop, an intensive four-day course run by researchers who are experts in the field, is held in an environment that fosters close interaction between the instructors and students. The workshop is sponsored by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the University Program in Genetics and Genomics, and the Duke Center for Human Genetics. View video clip of Dr. Gregory describing the workshop.

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