A Message from Our Chair

A Message from Our Chair

A Message from Our Chair

In the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, we are proud to be at the forefront of new discoveries that deepen our understanding of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that are fundamental to all of nature. From functional genomics to experimental therapeutics to genetic counseling, our innovative research and robust educational programs are changing how genetics fits into the modern scientific and clinical landscape.

The expansion of technology has revolutionized the field of genetics, allowing us to ask increasingly provocative questions. Faculty, students and trainees in our department are curious, open-minded and dedicated to seeking answers to those questions for the betterment of human health.

Michael Grotewiel, Ph.D.

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Graduate Programs


Johnson Lab

VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine

The VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine, or VIMM, aims to develop new diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic approaches for cancer, infectious diseases and neurodegeneration. Housed within the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, VIMM fosters collaborative, multidisciplinary investigations among researchers across the School of Medicine and VCU community.

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In the News

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As healers, scientists, faculty and learners in the VCU School of Medicine, we have a responsibility to condemn racism and all forms of discrimination. We will continue to own our history with transparency and humility, learning from the mistakes of the past and building on strengths of the present to create a more just and equitable future.

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