Graduate Programs

Amy Hawkins lab1The Department of Human and Molecular Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University is home to internationally recognized faculty members with diverse research interests. Graduate students can choose from a wide range of rigorous laboratory and classroom training opportunities. Additionally, our department offers clinical training experiences that provide a unique advantage to students as they  progress through their careers at VCU and beyond. Even for students that do not anticipate a career in clinical genetics per se, exposure to the clinical aspects of human genetics is an invaluable experience, particularly when combined with strong traditional classroom and laboratory training.

The Department of Human and Molecular Genetics offers three programs of graduate study leading to three different degrees: a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Genetics, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Genetics, and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Genetic Counseling.  Additionally, our department offers a dual Ph.D. in Human Genetics/M.S. in Genetic Counseling and participates in training leading to a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree.

The mission of the graduate program is to train scientists and genetic counselors for research, teaching and clinical service 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; quantitative genetics; clinical genetics and genetic counseling.

For more information on our graduate programs, follow the links to the right or contact the appropriate program director(s):

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

Rachel Baughman Gannaway, M.S., C.G.C.
Director of Genetic Counseling Program
Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
Virginia Commonwealth University
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.
Director, Dual Degree MSGC/Ph.D. Program
Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
Massey Cancer Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Box 980033
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0033
Phone: (804) 628-1925
Fax: (804) 827-4100

For additional information, please see the VCU Graduate School or Graduate Bulletin websites.