Molecular and Medical Genetics

Program Information

Program/Department Chair: Susan Hayflick, MD

Program length: 4-7 years

Authorized Award(s): PhD

Minimum number graded credit hours: 135 units

Minimum acceptable GPA: 3.0 GPA


Program Purpose Statement

The predoctoral program in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the Oregon Health & Science University is designed to offer training in the area of genetics. The program offers a range of training opportunities in molecular, cellular, developmental and human genetics. The areas of faculty research include molecular genetics, molecular biology of gene regulation, somatic cell genetics, developmental genetics, medical genetics, cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, population genetics, biochemical genetics, cell biology and biochemistry. Some laboratories are focusing on processes such as DNA repair mechanisms at both the basic understanding level and in relation to human disease. Others are involved in positional cloning and characterization of human disease genes. Still other labs are working on basic genetic problems such as cell differentiation in, for example, normal and abnormal muscle cells. One theme in the program is a utilization of a variety of genetic, molecular and cellular approaches for analyzing normal and disease processes. Students have the opportunity to receive genetics clinical experience while participating in the Genetics Clinic on an optional basis.  The opportunities for graduate research on a variety of genetic problems is, however, the central feature of the training program.


Student Learning Outcomes

All of our graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate a defined body of knowledge relevant to their field
  2. Identify significant and original problems that will impact human health
  3. Design and conduct independent, innovative research in accordance with the scientific research method 
  4. Collect and store data in accordance with good lab practices
  5. Demonstrate analytical skills 
  6. Accurately and professionally communicate results with others verbally and in writing
  7. Produce written documents appropriate for publication
  8. Understand and comply with current policies on rights of research subjects, copyright, ethics, malpractice, data ownership and use of animals, hazardous materials and rDNA
  9. Maintain a safe workspace, adhere to all safety regulations and display responsible conduct in research
  10. Develop and maintain good working relationships with all faculty, students and staff
  11. Establish new connections within their field of research by attending seminars, meetings, symposiums or conferences
  12. Effectively support the learning of others when involved in teaching, mentoring, or demonstrating activities