Ph.D. Program in Human Genetics (HGEN)

The Ph.D. program in Human Genetics (HGEN) offered by the Institute provides students with a solid foundation for a career in human genetics research and teaching.  The Training Program in Human Genetics admits students through one of the three interdepartmental programs:

The goal of the Ph.D. Program in Human Genetics is to train students to explore scientific questions in genetics, with an emphasis on human disease. The program is designed to ensure technical proficiency in statistical and molecular techniques, provide current knowledge of genetics research and methods, and develop scientific communication skills. The program provides a cohesive experience that leverages the many facets of human genetics research at Vanderbilt, for the benefit of trainees and research mentors. Human Genetics is an equal opportunity graduate program and accepts qualified students regardless of cultural, social, demographic, or biological characteristics.

For more information on how to apply see the following websites:

Predoctoral students in the Human Genetics Training Program are supported in part by multiple training grants funded by the National Institutes of Health particularly the Vanderbilt Training Program on Genetic Variation and Human Phenotypes (T32 GM080178).

Our graduate students are well-rounded biologists conducting research in an amazing variety of topics interfacing with human genetics, largely focused on generating and/or analyzing state-of-the-art genetic and genomic (and other -omic) data, including data from the utterly unique BioVU resource. The curriculum will teach students within the program as well as students in other disciplines how to use the tools of genetics to answer a variety of important biological questions.

Please see the Vanderbilt Human Genetics Program website for more information.