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Medical and Molecular Genetics

Strong tradition in clinical genetics and research

One of the first human genetics departments in the country, the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at IU School of Medicine has a rich history of training geneticists and genetic counselors and providing genetic consultation and counseling services. The department contributes to the understanding of numerous genetic conditions through the integration of basic research in genetic and genomic mechanisms, translational research in disease models, and clinical trials in rare and common genetic diseases.


The department offers a PhD in Medical and Molecular Genetics, a combined MD/PhD degree, MS degree in Medical and Molecular Genetics with an optional emphasis in genetic counseling, and fellowship training in clinical and laboratory medicine.
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Research interests of the Medical and Molecular Genetics faulty and genetic counselors encompass a variety of medical and educational topics in genetics. Areas of study include computational biology, neuroscience, musculoskeletal and cancer research.
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Clinical Care

In statewide clinics, IU School of Medicine faculty—board certified geneticists and genetic counselors—offer genetic consultation for a variety of hereditary conditions and birth defects.
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300 Students Trained
16 Countries of Program Graduates
25 Years of Training Genetic Counselors
37992-Lu, Xiongbin

Xiongbin Lu, PhD

Vera Bradley Foundation Professor of Breast Cancer Innovation

The Lu Lab studies cancer biology, identifying novel drug targets and therapies, and developing new cancer drugs using innovative nanoscale biomaterials.

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41977-Kim, Jungsu

Jungsu Kim, PhD

P. Michael Conneally Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics

Research in the Kim Lab focuses on therapeutic strategies for Alzheimer’s disease. This research team is studying brain lipid-regulating proteins and ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1).

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Advanced Genetic Testing Laboratories

Housed in the IU School of Medicine Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, the Indiana University Genetic Testing Laboratories is a worldwide leader in innovative laboratory research and development. An extensive menu of highly complex and unique medical tests are available through these facilities in the specialties of cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, pharmacogenomics and molecular genetics. All laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and certified by CLIA.

Graduate Education Programs

The department offers graduate degrees and post-graduate/residency training in a wide range of subspecialty areas, including genetic counseling, clinical genetics, and biomedical research in medical and molecular genetics.

Graduate Degrees in Genetics