The Department of Genetics offers undergraduate courses as a service to the university at large, plays a formal role in graduate instruction in medical genetics for students in the MD program, and provides graduate education in genetics leading to the MS and PhD degrees. The MS and PhD degree title is Biomedical Sciences (Genetics and Molecular Biology). Many of the undergraduate course offerings are designed to meet the needs of students pursuing study in the biological sciences programs and the paramedical professions, such as microbiology, zoology, botany, medical technology, dental hygiene, and nursing. There is no undergraduate degree offered in this subject area.
The concentration of the department is in the areas of human genetics, Drosophila genetics, molecular and cell genetics, and population and evolutionary genetics. Areas of active faculty and graduate student research include cell and developmental genetics; medical and epidemiological genetics; molecular biology; and population and evolutionary genetics, particularly with Drosophila as a model. Molecular biology is an area of growing emphasis.
Because of the diverse interests of the faculty, many play a prominent role in a number of academic programs outside the department, including the Cellular, Molecular and Neurosciences Program, and the Hawaiian Evolutionary Biology Program. There is also collaboration between faculty members in a variety of other departments or research units, including anatomy and reproductive biology and the Pacific Biomedical Research Center.
The field of genetics interrelates with many of the other biomedical sciences. The areas of Drosophila research and evolutionary biology require communication and cooperation with the entomology and zoology selector.
Occasionally, materials of use in these fields are located in the Bishop Museum Library.
The collections at several of the hospital libraries act as a supplementary resource for faculty and students in the more medically oriented aspects of the field of genetics.
Date compiled: 7/01 Compiler: Paul Wermager