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Why choose our program?

  • Interdisciplinary research

    UFGI faculty represent seven colleges and 49 departments. They conduct an extensive range of genetics research, in fields such as gene therapy, plant genomics, neurogenetics, pharmacogenomics, evolution & development, bioinformatics, and the list goes on.
  • Mentors in various colleges

    The UFGI has over 240 faculty members for you to choose from when selecting a mentor. And, should you meet another researcher on campus who is not a member with whom you would like to work, they can easily become a faculty member.
  • Emphasis on professional development

    As part of the program, students attend a seminar course each Friday. This course focuses on helping students to enhance their professional skills beyond labwork. Students will give presentations on their research, and have opportunities to ask others about the work they do. Visiting faculty will also give talks.
  • Frequent talks & workshops

    During the fall and spring semesters, there is a regular Tuesday afternoon seminar featuring internal and external speakers. Researchers give talks on a variety of research topics, and host a Q&A afterward. Students are required to attend these seminars. They also attend a luncheon with the speaker before the seminar.

    The UFGI hosts two conferences a year. The Phenotypic Prediction Workshop (brainchild of G&G alum Marcio Resende), and the Florida Genetics Symposium, which draws hundreds of researchers from around the world.

Meet the faculty

Maury Swanson, PhD

Maurice Swanson, PhD Co-Coordinator | Professor, Dept. of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology | mswanson@ufl.edu Maurice Swanson is the co-coordinator of the Genetics & genomics doctoral program, and a professor in the department of molecular genetics & microbiology in...
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Doug Soltis, PhD

Doug Soltis, PhD Co-Coordinator | Distinguished Professor, Florida Museum of Natural History | dsoltis@ufl.edu Doug Soltis is the co-coordinator of the Genetics & Genomics doctoral program and a distinguished professor Florida Museum of Natural History, and department of...
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