Graduate Programs

The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Human and Molecular Genetics offers a comprehensive program of graduate study leading to three degrees in Human Genetics, the Master of Science, the Doctor of Philosophy and the M.S. in Genetic Counseling. A combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program is also available through this department and the VCU School of Medicine. There is also a dual degree program combining the Ph.D. in Human Genetics degree and M.S. in Genetic Counseling.

The major focus of the graduate program is to train scientists for research and teaching in the rapidly expanding field of human genetics. Major areas of study include the following broad categories: molecular carcinogenesis and experimental therapeutics; neurogenetics, neurodegeneration and deafness; development and differentiation; psychiatric genetics; genetic epidemiology; clinical genetics and genetic counseling. Postdoctoral opportunities are available for those applicants holding M.D. or Ph.D. degrees. Programs provide training for American Board of Medical Genetics certification.

 For more information contact:

Rita Shiang, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in Human Genetics
Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 980033
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0033
Phone: (804) 628-4083
Fax: (804) 827-1124

Rachel Baughman Gannaway, M.S.
Director of Genetic Counseling Program
Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 980033
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0033
Phone: (804) 628-3507
Fax: (804) 828-3760

John M. Quillin, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.G.C.
Assistant Professor/Genetic Counselor
Director, Dual Degree MSGC/Ph.D. Program
Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
Massey Cancer Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 980033
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0033
Phone: (804) 628-1925
Fax: (804) 827-4100

Or go to the VCU Graduate School or Graduate Bulletin websites.

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