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Postgraduate Admissions

About the Department of Genetics

The Department of Genetics hosts between 50 and 65 postgraduate students across some 25 research groups,researching a wide range of biological problems, from population genetics and ecology to the detailed analysis of genome sequence.

2 courses offered in the* Department of Genetics

Modern genetics research seeks to provide a systems-level understanding of biology by relating genome sequence to function and phenotype. The research in the Department of Genetics covers a wide spectrum of biological problems, united by the application of genetics tools and approaches. Research themes range from understanding basic mechanisms in cell biology relating to the mechanics of division, migration and communication, through the large-scale analysis of genome regulation and epigenetic control, to aspects of population biology focused on issues of ecological and evolutionary significance.

Prospective students must identify a potential supervisor in the Department before applying. Supervisors and their research areas are listed on the Department of Genetics web site. Applicants are strongly advised to contact prospective supervisors to discuss potential projects before a formal application. 

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Modern genetics research seeks to provide a systems-level understanding of biology by relating genome sequence to function and phenotype. The research in the Department of Genetics covers a wide spectrum of biological problems, united by the application of genetics tools and approaches. Research themes range from understanding basic mechanisms in cell biology relating to the mechanics of division, migration and communication, through the large-scale analysis of genome regulation and epigenetic control, to aspects of population biology focused on issues of ecological and evolutionary significance.

Prospective students must identify a potential supervisor in the Department before applying. Supervisors and their research areas are listed on the Department of Genetics web site. Applicants are strongly advised to contact prospective supervisors to discuss potential projects before a formal application.

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2 courses also advertised in the Department of Genetics

From the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Developmental biology is a remarkably cross-disciplinary area of biomedical research that spans traditional departmental boundaries and many different technologies, such as molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, imaging and bioinformatics. This field is increasingly significant in the era of readily available genome sequences, because functional studies of development are essential to decipher the roles of many genes, and will be invaluable if we are to reap the benefits of this wealth of new information. A major challenge now is to find more powerful, systematic and quantitative ways of investigating how this genetic information is translated into morphogenetic instructions, and to analyse how these instructions generate and are modulated by the forces that shape tissues and organs. Our MPhil programme embraces this challenge and offers a powerful opportunity to explore the mechanisms underlying key developmental processes.

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From the Faculty of Clinical Medicine

The Cambridge MRC Doctoral Training Programme is a partnership between the University of Cambridge and the Babraham Institute. Included as associate partners are the MRC institutes and units in Cambridge and other University Partner Institutes.

The Programme is offering at least ten fully-funded PhD studentships for projects commencing in October 2021.

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Department Members


Professor Steven Russell
Head of Department

Dr. Cahir O’Kane
Head of Postgraduate Education

  • 22 Academic Staff
  • 52 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 65 Graduate Students
  • 31 Undergraduates

http://www.gen.cam.ac.uk/

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