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Genetics and Epigenetics

Program Overview

Welcome to the Genetics and Epigenetics (G&E) Program!

G&E offers courses, research opportunities, courses, seminars and other training activities in the areas of model organism genetics, human genetics, epigenetics, transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation, genomics and bioinformatics. G&E also benefits from the support of an NIH-funded Predoctoral Training Grant. Over 80 faculty are affiliated with G&E, including members of the Genetics Department, Epigenetics Program, and of many other basic science and clinical departments at UPenn, Children’s Hospital, the Wistar Institute and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. G&E also shares many faculty with the Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) graduate group, which places greater emphasis on computation and modeling, and students can select coursework and dual mentors from both programs.

G&E students typically complete their degree in 5 - 6 years. Students complete coursework and a thesis proposal-based Preliminary Exam in year two. Years 3+ are spent primarily on thesis research, supplemented by a variety of seminars and other activities that promote scientific interactions and continued development of communication and other career-relevant skills.

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Program Chair:

Dr. Thomas Jongens
Genetics Room 10-134
Translational Research Center, 10th Fl
3400 Civic Center Blvd., Bldg 421
Philadelphia, PA 19104-5158
Office: 215-573-9332
Fax: 215-573-9411


Meagan Schofer
Phone: 215-898-9536

G&E Committees:

Thomas Jongens
Douglas Epstein
Meera Sundaram

First Year Advising
Thomas Jongens
Douglas Epstein
Kristen Lynch
Meera Sundaram

Second Year Advising
Thomas Jongens
Ted Abel
Amita Sehgal


Christopher Brown
John Murray
Zhaolan Zhou

Benjamin Voight
Rachel Monyak

Meera Sundaram
Arjun Raj

Some of our students

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