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Chair: Jay C. Dunlap

Professors C. N. Cole (Biochemistry and Genetics), M. D. Cole (Pharmacology and Genetics), B. Conradt (Genetics), J. C. Dunlap (Genetics and Biochemistry), M. L. Guerinot (Biological Sciences), M. A. Israel (Pediatrics and Genetics), J. J. Loros (Biochemistry and Genetics), C. R. McClung (Biological Sciences), T. K. Mohandas (Pathology and Genetics), J. H. Moore (Genetics), R. K. Taylor (Microbiology and Immunology), W. T. Wickner (Biochemistry); Associate Professors Y. Ahmed (Genetics), B. A. Arrick (Medicine), S. E. Bickel (Biological Sciences), P. J. Dolph (Biological Sciences), S. N. Fiering (Microbiology and Immunology and Genetics), R. H. Gross (Biological Sciences), T. P. Jack (Biological Sciences), E. J. Lambie (Biological Sciences), C. W. Pikielny (Genetics), S. G. Tevosian (Genetics), M. L. Whitfield (Genetics); Assistant Professors P. Ernst (Genetics), S. Gerber (Genetics), M. Lupien (Genetics), R. M. Saito (Genetics).

Undergraduate students interested in a major program involving genetics should refer to the major in Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

The Ph.D. in Genetics is administered by the Genetics Department of Dartmouth Medical School. The courses listed below are primarily designed for graduate students. The student should decide, in consultation with his/her committee and course instructors, whether his/her background is appropriate for the content of the course.


To qualify for award of the Ph.D. degree, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Satisfactory completion of an intensive three-term course in general genetics and biochemistry [Biochemistry 101 (fall term) Genetics 102 (winter term), and Biochemistry 103 (spring term)], a one-term teaching assignment, and a three-term course in laboratory genetics. The latter will consist of three small research projects, conducted in rotation with different faculty members for periods of about three months each.

2. Satisfactory completion of three other graduate-level courses in genetics or related disciplines.

3. Attendance at the seminar series of the Program.

4. Participation in a departmental colloquia and the weekly Research in Progress Series.

5. Satisfactory completion of an oral qualifying examination.

6. Satisfactory completion of a significant research project, and preparation of a thesis describing this research.

7. Successful defense of the thesis in an oral examination, and presentation of the work in a lecture.

For further information, see the Graduate Study Bulletin.