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The Graduate Field of Genetics, Genomics and Development (GG&D) at Cornell University provides top-ranked multidisciplinary training in the biological and biomedical sciences. The GG&D Field builds on the strong tradition of interdisciplinary training at Cornell and is composed of more than 55 faculty members from 15 departments in 5 colleges. The field has particular strengths in the following research areas: Genetics; Developmental Biology; Population Structure and Molecular Evolution; Molecular Genetics; Genomics; Computational Biology; and Plant Genetics. Graduate students in the Field of GG&D obtain outstanding training in genomics, genetics and development and acquire analytical tools that enable them to understand the mechanisms of inheritance, development, mutation, gene regulation, and population structure and evolution. The Cornell campus offers state-of-the-art facilities and provides many opportunities for collaboration. This fertile environment, led by an enthusiastic and dedicated faculty, provides a rigorous training environment. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in research universities and institutes, undergraduate colleges, and industry.

Cornell University is unique among the top dozen "research universities" (as identified by US News) in being situated in a small city, which affects the quality of life, creating a friendly and supportive atmosphere for graduate students.

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GG&D is one of several Graduate Fields in the life sciences at Cornell. For an overview of graduate education in the life sciences see:

Student Highlights

Jaclyn BubnellJaclyn Bubnell (Class of 2013) has been appointed to the Diversity Committee of GSA Early Career Scientist Leadership Program. More

Endia BluntEndia Blunt (Class of 2013) was honored in the inaugural pinning ceremony for Graduate School Deans Scholars. More

Felicia NewFelicia New (Class of 2016) was honored in the inaugural pinning ceremony for Graduate School Deans Scholars. More

Fabiana DuarteFabiana Duarte (Class of 2010; Graduate May 2017) received the Wellnitz Award for her paper Transcription factors GAF and HSF act at distinct regulatory steps to modulate stress-induced gene activation. More

Nithya KarthaNithya Kartha (Class of 2012) received the LPS Paper Award for her paper The Chromatin Remodeling Component Arid1a Is a Suppressor of Spontaneous Mammary Tumors in Mice.  More

Zijing ZhangZijing Zhang (Class of 2012) received the Calvo TA Award in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics. More

Melisa DeGrootMelisa DeGroot (Class of 2015) was awarded an NSF predoctoral fellowship.  This award will cover the 3rd-5th years of her program. More

Caroline SartainCaroline Sartain (2007) was awarded the 2016 LPS paper award for her paper "Calcium waves occur as Drosophila oocytes activate" (PNAS 112:791) More

Pei Xin LimPei Xin Lim (2009) won the 2016 Wellnitz paper award for his paper "Genome Protection by the 9-1-1 Complex Subunit HUS1 Requires Clamp Formation, DNA Contacts, and STR Signaling-independent Effector Functions" (Journal of Bio. Chem. 209:14826) More

Melisa DeGrootMelisa DeGroot (2015) was awarded an NSF predoctoral fellowship.

Michelle HulkeMichelle Hulke (2015) was awarded an NSF predoctoral fellowship.


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