VCU’s Human Genetics Ph.D. program provides rigorous, interdisciplinary training across all aspects of human genetics and genomics.

Human Genetics Ph.D. Alumni  Outcomes since 2012: 79% Academics, 16% Industry, and 5% Clinical Professions

Our faculty are committed to supporting the next generation of scientists and academics in the field, and graduates of the program have gone on to pursue successful careers in academia, government, clinical and private industry laboratories. Over the course of three to six years, doctoral students develop the ability to design, implement and interpret experimental approaches to address questions across a broad spectrum of research areas, including:

  • Cancer genetics
  • Clinical genetics
  • Cytogenetics
  • Data science
  • Developmental genetics
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Psychiatric and behavioral genetics
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Translational research

We also offer a quantitative human genetics concentration for Ph.D. students.

More information on the VCU Graduate Bulletin

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Program Structure

Life in Richmond

We encourage our students and trainees to maintain a healthy, balanced life, and Richmond is a wonderful place to engage in that well-rounded lifestyle. As a mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond provides stimulating activities while maintaining its intimate feel and unique vibe. 

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Photograph of Richmond city and the James River.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal, or BSDP, which is an entry point for students interested in doctoral training in the biomedical sciences. After creating an account with the Graduate School at VCU, select “Application for all other graduate programs,” then select “Biomedical sciences – Undifferentiated – Doctoral Portal,” before completing the application.

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Contact Us

For more information about the Human Genetics Ph.D. program, please contact:

Daniel Bullard, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director