News & Awards

*  Rick Vierstra receives WARF Innovation Award for phytocrome mutations.

*  Xin Sun receives grant to study the genomic variations that contribute to the development of asthma.

*  Chris Hittinger receives $2 million to study yeast biodiversity.

*  Kate O'Connor-Giles receives McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience award.

Celebrate Professor William H. Stone’s 90th Birthday with a Donation to his Graduate Student Scholarship Fund

Dr. William H. Stone, geneticist and former Chair of the Laboratory of Genetics, visited Madison and the Laboratory of Genetics last month.  Bill is a distinguished academic scientist and teacher. His research accomplishments in animal genetics include work with cattle, monkeys, marsupials, and humans.  In cattle, he was the first to describe the major histocompatibility locus. In rhesus monkeys, he defined genetic markers in blood cells, serum, and tissues.  In marsupials, he and his post-doctoral researcher Dr. John Vandenberg established Monodelphis domestica as a model organism for the study of the immune system. This work was featured on the cover of Nature in 2007. More recently, in humans he studied idiopathic thrombosis and was the first to use pedigree data to define the genes involved in thrombosis. 

Besides his life-long research effort, Bill considers his major contribution to science to have been the training of graduate students. He is fully committed to graduate education.

In 2011 Bill started the Graduate Student Scholarship Fund in the Laboratory of Genetics with a contribution to the University of Wisconsin Foundation.   

Click here to read the full article and learn more about Bill and the Graduate Student Scholarship Fund. 


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




 

  • A school of young Zebra Fish from Pelegri Lab

    A school of young Zebra Fish from Pelegri Lab, photo by Isaac Knoflicek

  • A robotic camera tracks the growth of plants for Masson Lab

    A robotic camera tracks the growth of plants for Masson Lab, photo by Isaac Knoflicek

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Genetics Entrance Artwork

    Genetics Entrance Artwork, photo by Bryce Richter

  • 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

  • Biotech Sculpture

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

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