The Genetics Training Program provides exceptional opportunities to students. Our mission is to train students in cutting-edge genetic and genomic research while providing professional development opportunities for successful career trajectories. The breadth of research opportunities in the program combined with our focus on students and student development makes our program and community one of the top in the nation.
The Genetics Training Program is situated within the Laboratory (Department) of Genetics at UW-Madison, but it includes a wide variety of associated faculty whose labs students can join. The training program includes over 80 faculty trainers, whose primary appointments span over 20 departments and multiple colleges. Trainers in our program share the incorporation of genetic and genomic perspectives while collectively capturing the diversity of research questions, tools, and approaches of modern scientific research. Our trainers and program can therefore provide students with a solid foundation in modern and classical genetic / genomic knowledge while exposing them to cutting-edge research experiences. The genetics research pursued on campus, along with the active engagement of our trainers in the program, provides an exceptional community. An NIH Genetics Training Grant, administered by the Laboratory of Genetics, thereby provides to its graduate students the greatest possible diversity and opportunities in modern genetics research.
The Laboratory of Genetics is the oldest and one of the finest centers of genetics in the nation. It is highly regarded for its research contributions in the areas of disease genetics, cell biology,neurogenetics, developmental genetics, gene expression, genomics, evolutionary & population genetics, and computational biology. The Laboratory consists of two departments: Genetics, in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; and Medical Genetics, in the School of Medicine. Although administratively distinct, these two departments function as one at both the faculty and student levels.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison ranks among the nation’s top universities. It regularly ranks among the top U.S. public universities in the amount of research and development funds received from all sources. Its faculty and former faculty include 11 Nobel Laureates, 45 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 7 National Medals of Science, 13 Pulitzer Prizes, 34 Presidential Young Investigator Awards, and multiple Howard Hughes Investigators.
The UW-Madison has one of the largest university biological research communities in the world, with over 700 faculty, 1,500 academic staff, 700 postdoctoral fellows, 2,500 graduate students, and thousands of undergraduates. At the same time, close-knit communities ensure a supportive but diverse environment in both research and education. Many departments at UW-Madison rank among the top in their disciplines, including the Departments of Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Genetics, Plant Pathology, Oncology, Statistics, and others. In addition, UW-Madison fosters significant interdisciplinary collaboration and communication. Many of our students and trainers attend a broad range of seminars and community meetings that span traditional disciplines.
UW-Madison also houses a number of internationally recognized research centers and facilities, including theBiotechnology Center and the The Center for Genomic Science Innovation, the UW Carbone Cancer Center, the J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution, the Center for High Throughput Computing, the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the National Magnetic Resonance Facility, Biotron, Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, and others. Many of our trainers also participate in the Quantitative Biology Initiative that brings together quantitative biologists from campus and oversees the QBio doctoral minor that Genetics students can participate in.
The combination of outstanding research opportunities and options, investment in student scientific and professional development, and exceptional collaboration and collegiality make the UW-Madison Genetics Training Program a superb intellectual environment in which to develop and pursue careers in the biological sciences. We also value diversity in our community and foster a communal atmosphere among students and trainers. Our students have been highly successful in attaining diverse post-doctoral career opportunities in a wide variety of jobs related to biological research and investigation.
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The University of Wisconsin Madison is a leader in biological science research with over 700 faculty distributed over several dozen departments.
Genetics maintains an active and vigorous presence in most areas of modern genetic and genomic research, broadly defined.
The University of Wisconsin Madison offers state-of-the art facilities and technologies.
Genetics offers a competitive stipend, tuition remission, low cost of living, and comprehensive benefits.
Our faculty are outstanding researchers, but also dedicated teachers and mentors who are committed to training the next generation of geneticists.
We have a vibrant graduate student community. Students serve on department standing committees, participate in new student recruitment, plan our annual retreat, and organize social and educational events. We also value diversity in our community and welcome applicants of all backgrounds.
UW-Madison offers exceptional opportunities in professional development, including through the DiscoverPD portal that matches student interests to events and opportunities on campus.
Madison consistently ranks among the most desirable American cities in which to live offering outdoor recreation, cultural programming, sporting events, and festivals.