The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Molecular and evolutionary genetics program

Information about the molecular and evolutionary genetics emphasis area in MCIBS


Image shows part of map describing synteny relationships between chromosome 2 of various Drosophila speciesThe Molecular and Evolutionary Genetics emphasis area focuses on understanding the molecular basis of how genes function in organisms at the cellular and organismal level as well as understanding the processes that modulate molecular and phenotypic variation in the diverse organisms of the earth. To achieve this goal, in addition to specialized coursework, students conduct original research in collaboration with a faculty mentor from across the research spectrum from the molecular to the population level in a wide range of model systems.


Courses:students attending a meeting

In addition to the core courses,

All MEG students take 3 credits of either

  • BIOL 428 Population Genetics or BIOL 405 Molecular evolution

All MEG students complete 3 credits of Quantitative Analysis. Examples of quantitative courses:

  • STAT 500 Applied Statistics
  • STAT 501 Regression methods
  • STAT 502 Analysis of variance and design of experiments
  • STAT 555 Statistical Analysis of Genomics Data
  • BMMB/MCIBS 551 Genomics
  • BMMB 852 Applied Bioinformatics

The remaining 6 credits will come from elective courses determined by the student and their research supervisor. Examples of Elective courses:

  • BMMB 541 Molecular Biology of Animal Development
  • BMMB 542 Eukaryotic Cell Biology
  • BMMB 543 Current Topics in gene regulation
  • BMMB 554 Foundations in Data Driven Life Sciences