Genetics and Genome Sciences

A DNA helix
Doctor of Philosophy

About the Program

Conduct research alongside renowned faculty and motivated classmates in Case Western Reserve University’s Genetics and Genome Sciences PhD program. Over the course of six years or fewer, you’ll work in a collaborative environment, studying topics such as animal models of human disease, epigenetics and the regulation of gene expression, and therapeutic targets of human genetic disease—all in small cohorts to maximize individual attention. Here, you’ll gain the skills and training needed to become a scientist, clinical genetics director, professor and more.

What to Expect

Our PhD is a part of the Biomedical Sciences Training Program, which has 11 different PhD options under the biomedical sciences umbrella. Our interdisciplinary approach allows you to specialize in genetics and genome sciences while also taking electives in related topics. We also have a close connection with clinical genetics, as we share resources with the Genetic Counseling Training Program.

Your program will begin with three lab rotations before you dive into your coursework in year two with classes such as advanced developmental genetics, yeast genetics, and principles of genetic epidemiology. You’ll also take a grant writing workshop, which prepares you to apply for National Institutes of Health grants and beyond. After your second year, you’ll enter into full-time research in your area of interest, making discoveries and learning alongside our impressive research staff and renowned faculty members.

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Beyond the Classroom

Our research-focused program will allow you to partner not only with your peers, but also with internationally recognized faculty who are committed to your success. You’ll be studying at one of the top research universities in the U.S., and you’ll have opportunities for pre-doctoral fellowships plus access to 34 core facilities through our School of Medicine.

You’ll have additional research and training opportunities through our partnerships with top medical institutions, including the Genomic Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic or the Center for Human Genetics at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

By the Numbers


tuition coverage, including healthcare


medical research school in the country, U.S. News & World Report


medical university in Ohio, U.S. News & World Report


private institution in federal expenditures for research and development, National Science Foundation

Admissions Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • List of research experiences (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE

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Hua Lou
Hua Lou, PhD
Graduate Program Director, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
School of Medicine

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