Doctoral and Master’s level research opportunities

The Genetics Program is a research division at Boston University and provides opportunities for students enrolled in many of the graduate programs at Boston University to conduct doctoral or masters level dissertation projects. To learn more about graduate degree programs in the biomedical sciences at Boston University, please contact the admissions office for the graduate school(s) closest to your area(s) of interest.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS)
Graduate Program in Bioinformatics
Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS)
Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH)

If you are already an admitted graduate student at Boston University and are interested in working on a research or thesis project in the Genetics Program, please contact any of our faculty members to discuss your research interests and potential opportunities.


The Genetics Program at Boston University is seeking researchers to participate in ongoing and new multi center projects aimed at understanding the genetic basis of complex diseases through linkage mapping, candidate gene association and genetic modeling approaches. Opportunities for training and research are available in many studies including:

Alzheimer disease (6 distinct projects)
Substance Dependence
Macular Degeneration

The research environment is enhanced by a Genetic Epidemiology Center featuring state-of-the-art computing facilities (including two linux clusters comprised of 300+ processors dedicated to genetic epidemiology projects), an interactive group including 10 faculty-level genetic epidemiologists, strong epidemiology and biostatistics programs in the School of Public Health, a molecular genetics core facility within the Genetics Program enabling genetics research in large patient populations, and collaborative ties with the Framingham Study. Strong background in a quantitative science is required; experience in genetics or related field recommended. Preference will be given to applicants meeting residency requirements for sponsorship from an NIH training grant.

Send curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Lindsay Farrer, Chief, Biomedical Genetics, Boston University School of Medicine, 715 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118; Phone: (617) 638-5393; Fax: (617) 638-4275; E-mail:

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March 26, 2013
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of BU School of Medicine