Welcome to the vibrant and close-knit community within the Genetics Department! We take pride in fostering a sense of belonging and collaboration among our students, faculty, and staff. Our department is not just a place to learn about genetics; it’s a place to build lasting relationships, engage in exciting research, and contribute to the scientific community. Here’s a glimpse into the community life that makes our department special:

Research Collaborations

One of the hallmarks of our department is the collaborative nature of our research. Our faculty members work closely with students, postdocs, and fellow researchers to tackle some of the most pressing questions in genetics. From cutting-edge laboratory work to computational analyses, you’ll find opportunities to engage in diverse projects and make meaningful contributions to the field.

Genetics faculty on 10.3.2023

List of our PIs and their Labs.

Outreach and Education

Do you know that helping others enhances graduate student wellness and mental health? Read this paper from Nature.com on how our outreach efforts help the community and the wellness of our PhD and undergrad students!

We are committed to sharing our knowledge and passion for genetics with the broader community. Our department regularly hosts public lectures, workshops, and outreach events aimed at educating and inspiring people of all ages about the wonders of genetics.

Get involved in these initiatives to make a positive impact on society.

Find out more on Outreach here.

Volunteers from our program at a science education booth in St. Louis community event.

Seminars and Conferences

Stay updated with the latest breakthroughs in genetics by attending departmental seminars and conferences. These events provide a platform for experts from around the world to share their research and insights. It’s also a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas with fellow geneticists.

Social Events

Life in the Genetics Department isn’t all work and no play. We organize regular social events such as picnics, game nights, and holiday parties to help you unwind, relax, and build meaningful friendships with your colleagues.

2023 Retreat

MGG/HSG/CSB/BIDS Annual Retreat – A yearly event that students and faculty from the Genetics department gather together to enjoy food, music and games.

The Department hosts an annual holiday party for faculty, postdoc, students, and staff

Located on the 5th floor of Couch Biomedical Research Building near room 5308 is the Little Free Library hosted by Meers Lab. Come take a book or leave one for others.

Mentorship Programs

Our department believes in the power of mentorship. Whether you’re an undergraduate student just starting your genetic journey or a graduate student navigating the complexities of research, our faculty and senior students are here to provide guidance and support.



Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Our department values diversity and strives to ensure that every member feels respected and represented.

View our diversity statement

Career Development

Our goal is not only to educate but also to prepare you for a successful career in genetics. We offer career development workshops, resume-building sessions, and fellowship opportunities to help you achieve your professional goals.

Latest opportunities

Alumni Network

Stay connected even after you graduate! Our extensive alumni network provides a valuable resource for job opportunities, advice, and continued learning.

In the Genetics Department, we believe that fostering a strong sense of community enhances both the educational experience and the quality of research. We invite you to become an active member of our community, where you’ll not only gain knowledge but also make lifelong connections and contribute to the ever-evolving field of genetics.