Genetics Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Genetics, Genomics and Development

Program Description

Viewed broadly, research by students in GGD seeks to uncover the fundamental genetic, biochemical, developmental, and cell biological principles that govern life. Such research utilizes state-of-the-art tools in genetics, genomics, biochemistry, proteomics, cell biology, computational biology, imaging, nanobiotechnology and a variety of in vivo methods to characterize the mechanisms regulating a wide range of biological phenomena.

Matriculating students can look forward to joining a creative and supportive community of graduate students and faculty and a challenging program which will prepare them to be independent thinkers and researchers.

Our faculty members are first rate scientists passionate about research and training of future scientists.  Our graduate students are enthusiastic researchers who are instrumental in the research being done in the Field. They form a tight-knit community that supports and mentors their colleagues.

The GGD program includes lecture and laboratory courses, teaching experience, and front-line research with access to the latest technology and equipment. Grant writing and presenting scientific research to a variety of audiences, as well as classroom teaching, are also emphasized.  Scientific knowledge acquired and the range of skills developed during their graduate program allow our graduates to choose from a wide variety of careers.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-2313

107 Biotechnology Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • developmental biology
  • genetics
  • genomics


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 1; no Spring admission

Requirements Summary:

Learning Outcomes

  • Master a foundational knowledge of genetics and development
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Successfully plan and execute original research
  • Develop written communication skills
  • Develop oral communication skills
  • Understand and practice responsible conduct of research