Genetics, Development and Disease Ph.D. Program
Students interested in joining the Genetics, Development and Disease Ph.D. Program should apply to the interdisciplinary umbrella program within the Division of Basic Science.
The nationally ranked Genetics, Development and Disease Graduate Program combines biology with the latest technology to enable researchers to delve into the genetic, molecular, and developmental mechanisms underlying basic biology and disease.
The Program attracts scientists who are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of DNA research and making discoveries that will impact the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of genetic disorders.
Faculty members use a wide array of experimental systems, including yeast, C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish, mice, and humans, in their quest to understand biological processes.
Research areas in the Genetics, Development, and Disease Graduate Program include:
- Stem cell development
- MicroRNAs and gene silencing
- Cell growth and cell death
- Genetics of disease
- Students benefit from the strong tradition of interdisciplinary training at UT Southwestern. They are encouraged to collaborate across disciplines to gain a better understanding of the complexity of genetics and development.
“The positive and inclusive scientific environment fostered by the faculty members in the program, as well as UT Southwestern in general, provides encouragement and opportunity for us to broaden our scope of research and to connect and network with the scientists leading their respective field of expertise.”
“As a student, I am both challenged by our constant innovation and celebrated for every milestone, preparing me with the right skills and network to succeed professionally”
“GDD listens to the voices of the students and provides a lot of opportunities to present your research, get feedback, and build your network. Each opportunity is packed with brilliant scientists in their field eager to help you become a greater research scientist. ”
“The GDD program is open to so many different fields of study including development, cancer research, studies of basic molecular biology and genetics. It broadens your scope when considering how to approach a problem and is part of a community that is collaborative in their efforts to move projects forward.”
“The faculty members that are part of our program are some of the most productive and influential scientists you will find on this campus or any campus in the country. ”
Tony Yichi Zhang
UT Southwestern’s Graduate School of Biomedical Science’s Genetics, Development and Disease Program has received a number of national recognitions, including:
- Named one of the top molecular biology programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
- Ranked No. 1 for public institutions nationally and No. 7 worldwide by Science Watch for the citation impact of the Molecular Biology and Genetics faculty
Meet the Program Director
Contact the Graduate School
Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.