Program in Genetics and Developmental Biology Graduate School UConn Health

Program in Genetics and Developmental Biology Graduate School UConn Health

Farmington, CT
location
Public
type
Suburban
setting
48%
52%
student ratio
21
total students
Tuition Cost Not Reported
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
22%
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered

Overview

Genetics and Developmental Biology

The Genetics and Developmental Biology (GDB) Area of Concentration (AoC) is one of the areas of concentration in UConn Health's PhD in Biomedical Science program. It provides students with fundamental interdisciplinary training in modern molecular genetics and developmental biology, emphasizing cellular and molecular aspects as well as tissue interactions. Areas of research include the mapping and cloning of human genes responsible for disease, RNA processing (including RNA editing, alternative splicing, antisense regulation, and RNA interference), the molecular mechanisms of aging, signal transduction pathways, microbial pathogenesis, developmental neurobiology, cell differentiation, musculoskeletal development, morphogenesis and pattern formation, reproductive biology and endocrinology.

Faculty at UConn Health

Program faculty members are from several basic science and clinical departments and study a wide range of organisms including yeast, parasites, worms, fruit flies, birds, mice, and humans. Students are encouraged to obtain in-depth training in molecular genetics and developmental biology. The GDB AoC prepares students to compete for job opportunities in traditional medical and dental school departments as well as a productive research career in either academia or industry.

UConn Health Offers Cutting-Edge Research and Facilities

UConn Health offers an excellent education in a stimulating, cutting edge research environment. The Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology is the academic home of the genetics and developmental biology graduate program. The department houses equipment and facilities for mouse transgenics, ES cell manipulation, DNA microarrays, nucleic acid sequencing, fluorescence microscopy, and digital imaging. Students also have ready access to first-rate flow cytometry and confocal microscopy facilities. Other institutional resources include a computer center and a library containing approximately 200,000 volumes and subscribing to more than 1,400 current periodicals. Students of the program therefore have a world-class opportunity for research and training in cutting-edge areas of genetics and developmental biology.

Financial Aid at UConn Health

Support for doctoral students engaged in full-time degree programs at UConn Health is provided on a competitive basis. Graduate research assistantships for 2016-17 provide a stipend of $29,000 per year, a waiver of tuition/university fees for the fall and spring semesters and a student health insurance plan.

More information on the admissions process is available.

UConn Health Housing Options

There is a wide range of affordable housing options in the greater Hartford area within easy commuting distance of the campus. These options include an extensive complex that is adjacent to UConn Health. University housing is not available at UConn Health.

Research Facilities and Graduate Student Life

The 200-acre UConn Health campus at Farmington houses a division of the University of Connecticut Graduate School, as well as the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. The campus also includes the John Dempsey Hospital, associated clinics, and extensive medical research facilities, all in a centralized facility with more than one million square feet of floor space. The Academic Research Building, built in 1999, is an impressive eleven-story structure providing 170,000 square feet of laboratory space and renovations are underway in the main Laboratory building, converting existing lab space into state-of-the-art open lab areas. In addition, the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine opened its 189,000-square-foot facility on the UConn Health campus in fall 2014. There are more than 260 full-time members at UConn Health.

The institution has a strong commitment to graduate study within an environment that promotes social and intellectual interaction among the various educational programs. Graduate students are represented on various administrative committees concerned with curricular affairs, and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) represents graduate students' needs and concerns to the faculty and administration, in addition to fostering social contact among graduate students at UConn Health.

A Campus and Surrounding Areas in the Beautiful New England Countryside

Set in the beautiful New England countryside on a hill overlooking the Farmington Valley, the school is close to ski areas, hiking trails, and facilities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Connecticut's capital city of Hartford, 7 miles east of Farmington, is the center of an urban region of approximately 800,000 people. The beaches of the Long Island Sound are about 50 minutes away to the south, and the beautiful Berkshires are a short drive to the northwest. New York City and Boston can be reached within 2 1/2 hours by car. The area is also home to several branches of the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford, which includes the Hartt School of Music. Bradley International Airport (about 30 minutes from campus) serves the Hartford/Springfield area with frequent airline connections to major cities in the U.S. and abroad. Frequent bus and rail service is also available from Hartford.


Location & Contact

Program in Genetics and Developmental Biology

Graduate School
UConn Health

263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
United States

Ms. Stephanie Rauch

Coordinator

Phone: 860-679-4509

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Genetics Doctor of Dental Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (DMD/PhD)
      Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 216
    • Accepted 48
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assistantships, Health Care Benefits

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students21
    • Female Percentage48%
    • Male Percentage52%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students21
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian57%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown or International Student33%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchDevelopmental biology, genomic imprinting, RNA biology, RNA alternative splicing, human embryonic stem cells
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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