Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Human Genetics and Genomics

The Interdepartmental PhD Program in Human Genetics and Genomics (HGG) is a multidisciplinary program aimed at training scientists broadly in areas of human genetics and genomics relevant to human health and disease. All students receive training in three core competencies: molecular, computational and clinical genetics. Students are exposed to all aspects of human genetics research, from the patient to the underlying mechanism. Students are prepared to be the next generation of genomic scientists with a variety of skills, e.g. induced pluripotent stem cells, animal modeling, family studies, and large-scale population-based datasets. They are also trained to translate their research results into improved medical care and public health interventions.

Faculty participating in the HGG program are drawn from eleven departments across the University of Miami. The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics ranks seventh nationally in NIH funding among departments of genetics. Graduates are highly sought after by leading institutions. Individuals earning PhD degrees in Human Genetics and Genomics will have various career options, including laboratory or computational research in academia, clinical laboratory and industry.

We are committed to excellence in all aspects of genetics research. We actively promote interdisciplinary and multilateral projects that contribute to a better understanding of the role of genetic mechanisms in shaping human health.

World-renowned faculty, committed staff and outstanding support facilities allow us to undertake pioneering research that has applications in some of today’s most important genetic conditions, including neurodegenerative disorders, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Key Areas of Research

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Aging & Physical Function
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
  • Genomic Origins & Admixture
  • Hearing Loss
  • Infectious Disease Susceptibility
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Human Genetics & Genomics offers a comprehensive program that prepares PhD trainees for the challenges of modern science. I loved the clinical genetics rotation and the teaching module. I learned bioinformatics and worked in a molecular biology lab having state-of-the-art technology and supportive advice at hand. All in one program, all in the sunny and vibrant city of Miami.

Tania Arguello, MSc, PhD
Human Genetics & Genomics