The Genetics and Genomics Program comprises faculty encompassing an array of multidisciplinary fields in genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics, and is partnered with the newly established Institute for Systems Genomics. Students in the Molecular and Cell Biology graduate program may pursue a Masters or PhD degree in this area of concentration. Students interested in careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries may also pursue an MS degree in Applied Genomics in the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program (Contact for more information).

Areas of research focus include chromosome structure and function, comparative genomics and genome evolution, developmental genetics, molecular evolution, control of transcription, modulation of noncoding RNAs, human genomics, animal models for genome biology, centromere biology, and epigenetics.


Michael O’Neill, Program Head
phone: (860)486-6856

G & G News

  • Jelena Erceg – Unfolding the Mysteries of Genome Folding
    Jelena Erceg is studying the role of parental genome folding during development which could support the development of personalized genome medicine for chromosome-based diseases. See full story in UConn Today
    Posted on September 15, 2022
  • Dr. Jelena Erceg receives R35 MIRA Award to Fund Research on Genome Folding and Regulation
    Assistant Professor Jelena Erceg (Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, CLAS & Institute for Systems Genomics, joint appointment also with the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences, UConn Health) has received a prestigious R35 Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Institute of General […]
    Posted on August 16, 2022

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