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Why choose our program?

  • Interdisciplinary research

    UFGI faculty represent nine colleges and 51 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 220 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 on Fridays. This course focuses on helping students to enhance their professional skills beyond lab work. 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 Wednesday 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

Samantha Brooks, Ph.D.

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Samantha Brooks, Ph.D. Coordinator | Associate Professor, Equine Physiology | Samantha Brooks is the coordinator of the Genetics & Genomics Graduate Program, and a professor in the department of animal sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life...
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