The Institute for Molecular Genetics was created in 1985 and renamed the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics in 1994.

The Institute and Department was first chaired by Dr. Tom Caskey, then for 19 years by Dr. Arthur L. Beaudet, and is currently chaired by Dr. Brendan Lee. 

Since its inception, the department has incorporated a variety of research, clinical, and training programs in genetics. The number of department faculty has also grown in size to more than 60 members. The training of graduate, medical students, medical residents, and postdoctoral fellows incorporated basic, translational, clinical, and diagnostic settings that have made the department preeminent in medical genetics.

The department continues to grow in breadth, depth, and accomplishments. This is best highlighted by the great scientific discoveries that have spanned the decades since the initiation of genetics activities in the 1970's. It is also exemplified by our alumni who have become national and international leaders in the field of molecular and human genetics.

25th Anniversary Celebration

The Department of Molecular and Human Genetics recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. The festivities began with a gala held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and was followed by the 2012 Annual Retreat and Alumni Scientific Symposium that was held in Galveston, Texas.

The events were chaired by Dr. Arthur Beaudet and Dr. Brendan Lee. The department's retreat included an Alumni Scientific Symposium that featured presentations by distinguished alumni from around the world.

View a copy of the commemorative abstract book from the weekend.

View the video celebrating the history and accomplishments of the department below.