A Note from the Director

Tamim H. Shaikh, PhD

The Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Graduate Program (HMGGP) at CU Anschutz is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental program designed to coordinate outstanding graduate training and research opportunities in all aspects of Human and Medical Genetics. I and the HMGGP faculty are committed to a dynamic and outstanding program that provides training and mentorship to the next generation of leaders in the fields of human and medical genetics and genomics.

The Human Genome Project and a diverse group of technological advances have brought about a revolution in almost all fields of medicine and biomedical research. The availability of genomic DNA sequences of humans and other species has enabled discovery of genes critical to development and disease and genetic variations that predispose to common debilitating diseases. Furthermore, tests to rapidly identify genetically susceptible individuals are being developed, and new technologies to treat or even prevent these diseases are being brought on line. Genetics and genomics provides the foundation for “Precision” or "Personalized" medicine which will bring about improved health, longevity, and quality of life.

It is the mission of the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Graduate Program to be at the forefront of this revolution. The Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Graduate Program builds on close engagement with our students, who are integral to our ongoing mission to build towards the future. The Program is continually adding new Training Faculty, providing students with an outstanding group of scientists from whom to select as Thesis Advisors and mentors. Our goal is to provide students a world-class graduate training experience in an interactive and collaborative environment that allows for an individualized learning experience. 



Student Learning Objectives

The PhD program in Human Medical Genetics trains graduate students to become proficient and successful investigators who are able to:
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of central concepts in the biomedical sciences.
  • Understand current concepts in human genetics and genomics.
  • Read and critically evaluate the scientific literature.
  • Formulate hypotheses based on current concepts in the field and design, conduct, and interpret their own research projects.
  • Present research results in peer-reviewed publications and in a dissertation.
  • Communicate research results effectively through oral presentations at scientific seminars, conferences, and other venues.
  • Write a competitive application for research funding.
  • Develop ancillary skills, where necessary, to obtain positions outside of scientific research.
Student Support

Students accepted in the PhD program are provided full tuition, health and dental insurance, and a stipend of $31,000 per year for living expenses (for the academic year 2019-2020). Continued support is contingent upon satisfactory academic and research performance by the student. When a student enters a thesis lab, the thesis mentor assumes complete responsibility for the student’s stipend, tuition, fees, and associated research costs.

Program Curriculum

The HMGGP graduate curriculum includes didactic courses, laboratory rotations, a seminar series, and a seminar-based discussion group. The heart of the first-year curriculum are basic core courses taken by all students in a number of different graduate Programs at CU, including Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Human Medical Genetics and Genomics during the fall semester. These courses serve as a basic science bridge to the more specific content of Human Medical Genetics and Genomics.


Research rotations are designed to introduce students to different areas of research and methodologies, to teach a variety of approaches to scientific problem solving, and to provide the opportunity to explore various laboratories as potential homes for thesis research. Students will complete three 10-week rotations with members of the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program Training Faculty.

Program Handbook

For detailed information about the program, please review our Program Handbook.

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