Molecular and Human Genetics
The Institute for Molecular Genetics was created in 1985 and renamed the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics in 1994. The department is chaired by Arthur L. Beaudet, M.D., and offers a variety of research, clinical, and training programs in genetics to graduate, medical, and postdoctoral students.
Among genetics departments at U.S. medical schools, the department continues to rank high in both grants and funding from the National Institutes of Health. The facilities in the department are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for research in molecular, cellular, and biochemical genetics. In addition, there are several facilities for specialized techniques to support the research efforts.
The research interests of the more than 50 primary faculty members span such important areas as: functional genomics, genomic stability, genome sequencing, mammalian development, the metabolic bases for inherited human disease, gene therapy, gene structure, gene expression, mechanisms of replication and repair, DNA recombination, cytogenetics, bioinformatics, cytogenetics, somatic cell genetics, mouse molecular genetics, bacterial genetics, yeast genetics, and Drosophila genetics.
Along with the department's seminar series and other seminars it has to offer, the Evenings with Genetics seminar series offers current information regarding care, education, and research for genetic conditions. The community is invited to attend these seminars at The Children's Museum of Houston.
The Medical Genetics Laboratories (MGL) at Baylor College of Medicine have been dedicated to providing the medical genetics community with high quality comprehensive diagnostic services for over 30 years. Our Cancer Genetics laboratory provides cancer diagnostic testing services for both pediatric and adult cancer. Our Whole Genome laboratory provides clinical diagnostic testing services utilizing state-of-the-art next generation sequencing. Whole Exome Sequencing is the first test "of its kind" to be offered and is focused on the evaluation of underlying genetic causes of disease.