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Distinguished Seminar Series

The Department of Genetics hosts a different speaker every Monday of the academic year, with invitees ranging from postdoctoral researchers to prominent scientists presenting a broad array of current, genetics-related research. Our series is cosponsored with the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, the Epigenetics program, and the Institute for Regenerative Medicine. We encourage all interested faculty, students and staff to attend. For more information, please contact Sadie Robinson. Also, make sure to visit the School of Medicine Research Events Calendar for a more extensive list of seminars across the School of Medicine.

Frontiers in Genetics lectures are part of the Genetics Seminar Series and are organized by graduate students in the Genetics and Gene Regulation programs. These seminars provide students with the opportunity to invite scientists working on relevant research that interests them such as: development, gene regulation, cell cycle and genomics. A lecturer's visit consists of a formal seminar and meetings with faculty and senior graduate students to discuss their research projects.

Genetics Journal Club

Faculty, postdocs, and grad students present and discuss current papers.

Genetics Postdoctoral & Graduate Student Research Talks

In the Fall of 1999, the Department of Genetics established the Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Student Research Talks in hopes of encouraging the exchange of scientific information between laboratories within the department. The series features weekly research presentations from two individual lab members, typically working in different labs. Each talk runs about 30 minutes and includes: general background, research data and conclusions, followed by a brief question and open discussion period. While the talks were originally designed for lab interaction within Genetics, we encourage anyone interested from Penn's scientific community to attend.

The Bernard Cohen Memorial Lecture in Genetics

This lectureship was established in 1985 and brings a distinguished geneticist to the School of Medicine each Spring. Dr. Stanley N. Cohen, a 1960 School of Medicine graduate and current Professor of Genetics at Stanford University, endowed the Lectureship. Dr. Cohen established the annual event as a memorial to his father, Bernard Cohen (1905-1974), to honor his lifelong interest in science. The Lectureship is designed to further the interaction of students and faculty and to promote interest in genetics at Penn.

Penn Genetics Symposium

The goals of the symposium are to expose the Penn scientific community to the outstanding work going on in Penn laboratories and to facilitate a sense of community among investigators who share an interest in the field of genetics.

  • 2014 Genetics Symposium

    Franklin Institute Award Symposium

    Along with the Franklin Institute and the Mahoney Institute for Neuroscience, the Department of Genetics will co-host the 2015 Franklin Institute Award Symposium, "genes, brains, behavior" in honor of Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., recipient of the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science.

    Kadesch Prize in Genetic Research

    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".