Welcome to the UW-Madison Genetics Training Program. As director of the Training Program, I invite you to explore our web site to learn about the outstanding research, training opportunities, and professional development we provide our students. We in the program take very seriously our role in training the next generation of geneticists for a range careers in science. We are proud to be recognized as one of the leading genetics training programs in the country, having maintained among the longest-standing NIH training grants in genetics for over 45 years. We care about our students and aim to provide the best possible training to position them as outstanding independent scientists.
The Genetics Training Program is a campus-wide program administered by the UW-Madison Department of Genetics. The Training Program includes over 75 faculty mentors whose labs collectively reside in 20 departments within 4 different colleges, providing students many options in faculty mentors and research topics while maintaining a scientific focus on genetics and genomics, broadly defined. Students in the program are supported by up to two years of funding on our NIH T32 training grant and then on individual fellowships or faculty mentor research grants.
Researchers in the UW-Madison Genetics Training Program conduct a wide range of world-class research on a variety of topics, combining genetics perspective with cutting-edge technologies to answer novel questions and tackle new problems in genetics and biology. This research is translating into significant benefits to society, impacting human health, agricultural practices, climate and bioenergy research and more.
Our goal is to train the next generation of geneticists for diverse careers that leverage world-class expertise in genetic and genomic research. Students have a wide range of options in terms of laboratories to join and coursework to conduct; at the same time, students from our program are recognized as leaders in genetics and genomics because of the core intellectual focus of our program. An unparalleled feature of UW-Madison is the extensive level of interdisciplinary and cross-departmental collaboration, providing our students unique training experiences in doing modern biological research. We also provide diverse opportunities for professional development. UW-Madison has outstanding resources that many of our students participate in, including opportunities in entrepreneurship, teaching innovations, patent law, policy, and more. Graduates of the Genetics Training Program go on to fulfilling careers that include directing their own research labs, leading clinical genomic sequencing centers, teaching and inspiring students at small and large colleges and universities, and contributing to the rapidly expanding areas of biotechnology, agriculture, and clinical and personalized medicine.
I welcome you to find out more about our program, our students, and our community on the pages that follow.
Nicole Perna, PhD
Director, UW-Madison Genetics Training Program
Position title: Professor; Graduate Program Director