The Committee on Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology (GGSB) is an interdisciplinary PhD granting program that brings together over 70 biologists from many academic departments. The GGSB program is aimed at training PhD scholars for careers as independent scientists in basic and applied biomedical research and education, leading to Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics. Our PhD training program combines a foundation in modern genetic analysis with training in current methods for formulating and addressing biological questions in the context of complex systems.
GGSB has over 70 training faculty representing numerous departments at the University of Chicago. The presence of both basic and clinical sciences in the Division of Biological Sciences enhances the Committee's broad interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research. GGSB provides an exciting environment to pursue rigorous, high quality training with flexibility in designing programs to meet individual needs. GGSB's goal is to provide an intellectually stimulating, collegial, and supportive environment for students to progress smoothly from research training to careers as independent scientists.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
GGSB is dedicated to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). In brief, we reject the historical and ongoing systemic biases that cause unacceptable inequities in academia. We strive to ensure GGSB is a supportive and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of race/ethnicity, religion, sex/gender, age, sexual orientation, and/or disability. Visit the GGSB DEI page for additional information.
SECOND YEAR OF STUDY
The second year of study is spent developing a research project, choosing a Thesis Advisory Committee and writing and presenting a research proposal to this Committee (Qualifying Examination).
ADVANCED YEARS OF STUDY
Throughout the duration of graduate studies, students conduct full-time thesis research while continuing to attend seminars, journal clubs, and other educational meetings.
Who Should Apply?
We admit highly-qualified, academically-curious scientists to our program. Many applicants enter the PhD program directly from undergraduate study, while others come to the program after working in research laboratories or industry. Successful PhD program applicants present excellent academic credentials in biology and statistics and strong letters of recommendation. We seek applicants with superior writing skills and substantial research experience. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented minorities in the biological sciences.