About the Program

The Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG) is an umbrella graduate training program that spans several basic science and clinical departments and bridges the Medical Center and the College of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1967 and supported by a continuous NIH training grant (Genetics & Genomics Training Grant 5T32GM007754) for more than 35 years and running, the UPGG currently consists of nearly 95 faculty and adjunct faculty and more than 55 students.

For several decades, UPGG has served as an important forum for genetic training and education in model systems (bacteria, yeast, fungi, drosophila, zebrafish, mouse), population genetics, and human genetics

UPGG Mission Statement:

The mission of the UPGG PhD training program is to produce highly trained independent-thinking professionals who have mastered the foundational skills required for a variety of career paths related to research in the biomedical sciences. Our approach to achieving this mission is to combine curricular offerings (e.g. lecture, active learning, team-based learning) with programmatic offerings (e.g. seminars, student seminars, workshops, thesis research), and then to assess the efficacy of all aspects of our training.