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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:

Photo of G&E Chair, Dr. Thomas Jongens Dr. Thomas Jongens
10-134 Smilow Center
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-573-9332
Fax: 215-573-9411


Vice Program Chair:

Photo of G&E Vice Chair, Dr. Zhaolan (Joe) ZhouDr. Zhaolan (Joe) Zhou
452A Clinincal Research Bldg (CRB)
415 Curie Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-746-5025
Fax: 215-573-7760


CAMB Office Administrator:

Meagan Schofer
Phone: 215-898-9536


G&E Committees:

Thomas Jongens
Douglas Epstein
Meera Sundaram

First and Second Year
Student Advising

Marisa Bartolomei
Roberto Bonasio
Douglas Epstein
Thomas Jongens
John Murray
David Raizen
Meera Sundaram
Golnaz Vahedi
Zhaolan Zhou


John Murray
Russ Carstens
David Raizen

Faculty: Benjamin Voight
Student: Caleb Radens
(Barash/Lynch Labs)

Arjun Raj
Meera Sundaram
Some of our students

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