Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Laboratory of Genetics.  The Laboratory of Genetics is comprised of two sister departments that function as one.  The Department of Genetics in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences was founded in 1910 and is the oldest genetics department in the country.  The Department of Medical Genetics, which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, is housed within the School of Medicine and Public Health.  Our mission is to address fundamental problems in genetics as they relate to medicine, agriculture, and basic knowledge of biology. 

The Laboratory of Genetics is also home to the Genetics Training Program, with over 80 faculty trainers from diverse departments on campus that together provide graduate students diverse opportunities in modern genetics research.  Please visit our pages to find out more about us.

Michael Culbertson
Chair, Laboratory of Genetics




 

  • Shiguo Zhou (left) and David C. Schwartz look at the path that blue laser light follows

    Shiguo Zhou (left) and David C. Schwartz look at the path that blue laser light follows, photo by Jeff Miller

  • Agarose gels, taped to a research notebook.  Photo by: Jeff Miller

    Agarose gels, taped to a research notebook, photo by Jeff Miller

  • Undergraduate Alice Krist helps youngsters use a microscope to look at zebra fish embryos.

    Undergraduate Alice Krist helps youngsters use a microscope to look at zebra fish embryos, photo by Jeff Miller

  • Biotech Sculpture

    Etched glass at the entrance to Genetics Biotechnology Center, photo by Michael Forster Rothbart

  • Genetics Entrance Artwork

    Genetics Entrance Artwork, photo by Bryce Richter

  • Gen/Biotech Center

    Genetics Biotechnology Center, photo by Jeff Miller

  • Fruit Fly Research

    UW-Madison researchers say fine control of genome editing in fruit flies promises to provide new insights into embryonic development, nervous system function, and the understanding of human disease. Photo by Jeff Miller.

  • Mice

    Three-week-old house mice in an animal cage in the research lab of Bret Payseur, photo by Jeff Miller

  • Gasch Meeting

    Gasch Meeting, photo Jeff Miller

    RECENT NEWS & AWARDS

    *  Chris Day, advisor for Genetics, wins 2014 WALSAA Outstanding Advisor Award

    *  Jean Petersen, student services coordinator for Genetics, wins Martha Casey Award for Dedication to Excellence

    *  Genetics graduate students Sarah Robinson and Mary Rood receive  NSF predoctoral fellowships

    *  Genetics Undergrad Anna-Lisa Rasmusson Doebley awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship

    *  UW-Madison ranked 3rd in research