The Department of Genetics currently has 30 faculty members spanning all career stages including tenured, tenure-track, and research-track faculty. Our faculty are actively engaged in scholarship (conducting research, writing grants and peer-reviewed publications, and presenting research at national and international scientific meetings), teaching (teaching courses at Rutgers, lecturing in outside courses, hands-on teaching of post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students within our laboratories, and participating in numerous activities aimed at educating the general public about the importance of our research), and service(serving on a wide variety of national and local committees, boards, participating in publication and grant peer-review groups).
The research interests of the 30 faculty members span such important areas as: DNA repair mechanisms, instability of cancer cells, molecular evolutionary processes (e.g. gene duplication, enhancer evolution) and evolutionary genetics, gene expression, cellular mechanisms of learning and memory, fertilization (gamete recognition, adhesion, signaling and fusion), and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) for tumor suppressor genes. Several laboratories are actively engaged in human genetics research including searching for genes linked with disease such as Schizophrenia, Autism, Tourette Syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease. Other laboratories are applying molecular genetics techniques to model organisms, such as Caenorhabditis elegans (nematode worm), Drosophila melanogaster (fly), mouse, and Escherichia coli (bacterium), to study basic biological processes. We also have faculty working in computational and statistical genetics. For a complete faculty listing and their detailed research descriptions, see our list of faculty or faculty research page.
Members of the faculty have received competitive research grants from several institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the State of New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology and the Commission on Cancer Research, and private foundations including the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the Simons Foundation, Autism Speaks, and the March of Dimes.
Our faculty are solely responsible for teaching several undergraduate and graduate courses at Rutgers and play a major role in other team-taught courses. These courses include Introduction to Cancer, Genetics, Genetics Lab, Genetic Analysis I and II, Seminar in Genetics, Genomes, Topics in Molecular Genetics, Topics in Human Genetics, Evolutionary Genetics, Cancer, Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics, Introduction to Research in Genetics, General Microbiology, Pathogenic Microbiology, Genetics of Compulsive Behavior, Behavioral and Neural Genetics, and Bacterial Physiology.