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Overview

GGR students typically complete their degree in 5 - 6 years.  Students complete coursework and a thesis proposal-based Preliminary Exam in years 1 and 2. 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.

Typical Academic Program for GGR students

Fall Year 1:                                        

BIOM600/Cell Biology & Biochemistry
CAMB605/CAMB First Year Seminar
CAMB699/Lab Rotation #1|
CAMB Faculty minitalks         

Spring Year 1:

BIOM555/Regulation of the Genome
BIOM611/Biological Data Analysis
CAMB550/Genetic Principles
CAMB699/Lab Rotations #2 and #3

Summer Year 1: CAMB899/Pre-dissertation research; or 4th rotation if needed

Fall Year 2:    

Elective
Elective
CAMB899/Pre-dissertation research                                                                

Spring Year 2:

GCB535/Introduction to Bioinformatics
Elective
CAMB695/Scientific Writing (minicourse)
CAMB899/Pre-dissertation research

May Year 2: Thesis-proposal based Preliminary Exam

Years 3+:  Dissertation Research.
Trainees become eligible for GEN-TG support.

Required courses

CAMB 605/Cell and Molecular Biology First Year Seminar (Fall)
BIOM 600/Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Fall)
BIOM 555/Regulation of the Genome (Spring)
BIOM611/Biological Data Analysis
CAMB 550/Genetic Principles (Spring)
GCB 535/Introduction to Bioinformatics (Spring).

Elective courses:

The courses listed below are particularly relevant for GGR students, but students can also select from other CAMB or BGS courses to fulfill their three electives.

All CAMB Courses

CAMB 483/Epigenetics (Fall)
CAMB 485/The RNA World (Spring)
CAMB 486/Chromosomes and the Cell Cycle (Spring)
CAMB 512/Cancer Biology and Genetics (Spring)
CAMB 534/Modeling Human Disease in Animals (Spring)
CAMB 578/Topics in Behavioral Genetics (Spring)
CAMB 608/Seminar in Regulation of Eukaryotic Gene Expression (Fall)
CAMB 630/Topics in Human Genetics and Disease (Fall, even years)
CAMB 695/Scientific Writing (Spring mini-course)
CAMB 752/Genomics seminar (Spring)
CIT 590/Programming Languages and Techniques
GCB 536/Computational Biology (Fall)

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Teaching and Outreach

Teaching opportunities in Genetics

GGR students are not required to teach, but interested dissertation-stage students can gain teaching experience via Teaching Assistantships (TAs). Courses that need TAs include the graduate courses BIOM600/Cell Biology, BIOM555/Eukaryotic Gene Expression and CAMB483/Epigenetics and the undergraduate course BIOL221/Molecular Biology and Genetics.  Students also have opportunities to work with undergraduates in the lab through UPenn’s formal summer internship program (SUIP) or through individual lab initiatives. Senior students can also work as private tutors. Contact course directors or the CAMB office for more information.

Outreach oportunities in Genetics

GGR students can participate in a variety of community outreach activities, including running a booth at the annual Philadelphia Science Festival (http://www.philasciencefestival.org/) or mentoring high school students in local science fairs (http://www.ipraxis.org/programs).

The Tom Kadesch Prize in Genetics

 
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In 2011, the Department of Genetics established the "Tom Kadesch Prize in Genetics" to honor the legacy of our friend and colleague Dr. Tom Kadesch. Dr. Kadesch was a member of the Genetics department from 1984 until his death in 2011, and served as Interim Chairman for his final 4 years. He was not only an excellent scientist, but also a tremendously dedicated mentor, teacher and University citizen whose contributions inspired those around him. In his memory, with the help of many generous donors, we were able to set up an endowed fund that will support in perpetuity an annual award to "a graduate student demonstrating excellence in research achievement and citizenship".

Nominations for the Tom Kadesch Prize in Genetics are solicited each September.This prize includes a $1000 monetary award and a public seminar to be presented at the Penn Genetics Symposium. Eligible students can be members of any BGS graduate group. Students should be conducting research in the broad area of Genetics and should have received or anticipate receiving their PhD degree within a year of the application deadline.

Year

Kadesch Prize Awardee

Graduate group

Thesis Advisor

2011

Andrew Edmondson

CAMB/GTV

Dan Rader

2012

Ishmail Abdus-Saboor

CAMB/GGR

Meera Sundaram

2013

Maria Elena De Obaldia

IGG

Avinash Bhandoola

2014

Judy I-Ting Wang

NGG

Zhaolan Zhou

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GGR students at the Philadelphia Science Festival. Photo courtesy of Meera Sundaram.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsible conduct of research (RCR)

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