Genetics is arguably the most important field in biological sciences, impacting all aspects of life. The quantum leap in genetic and genomic technologies over the last decade is leading to equally impressive gains in our understanding of genetics and promises to usher in a Golden Age of Genetics. The Department of Genetics and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University are poised to become a leader in contemporary genetics. A major expansion will occur to coalesce and build upon existing strengths in quantitative, evolutionary, computational and model organism genetics, with the goal of becoming an international leader in basic and applied genetics in an environment where collaborative research is the norm. Outstanding genetics training programs, from undergraduate to post-doctoral fellows, are equally important to achieving this goal.
The Department of Genetics is a vigorous and highly interactive group of scientists and has an international reputation in molecular, developmental and quantitative genetics, an excellent; graduate training program, outstanding graduate students, and a Ph.D. training grant. In the National Research Council’s ranking of research doctorate programs, NCSU’s program in Molecular and General Genetics was ranked in the top three of the nation’s land grant universities.