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Brenton R. Graveley, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences. Created in 1998, the department offers many exciting opportunities for research and graduate education. The department is located in the state-of-the-art Cell and Genome Sciences Building. The department is also the academic home of the Division of Medical Genetics which provides clinical and laboratory genetics services to Connecticut. Our research strengths include RNA biology, developmental biology, signal transduction, and the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation. We are continually increasing external funding for our current research programs, enhancing the national and international reputation of our faculty and their research, and recruiting outstanding faculty members with new and complementary areas of research expertise. We also have a close working relationship with the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), and most JAX-GM faculty have academic appointments in our department. 
 
Dr. Brenton R. Graveley, Professor and Chair of Genetics and Genome Sciences, Director, UConn Stem Cell Institute and Associate Director, Institute for System Genomics.

MIRA Awards Reflect Innovation of UConn Scientists

Five UConn researchers, all with faculty appointments in Genetics and Genome Sciences, received Maximizing Investigator's Research Awards from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (read more).

Dr. Se-Jin Lee awarded NIH grant to study the regulation of tissue aging

Acclaimed UConn Health-JAX geneticist Dr. Se-Jin Lee and UConn Health-CCMC pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Emily Germain-Lee recently received a $1.9M grant from the National Institutes of Health for their project entitled: "TGF-beta family members and their binding proteins in aging skeletal muscle” (read more).

Gordon Carmichael inducted into CASE

Gordon G. Carmichael, Ph.D.Professor Gordon Carmichael has been inducted into the 2018 Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) for his pioneering contributions to the field of RNA biology in mammalian cells and their viruses.  His work has provided key insights into the mechanisms of splicing, polyadenylation and RNA export from the nucleus to the cytoplasm, as well as the mechanism of action of naturally-occurring antisense RNA regulations and RNA editing.