About us

Genetics is the scientific study of genes and heredity of how certain qualities or traits are passed from parents to offspring as a result of changes in DNA sequence. A gene is a segment of DNA that contains instructions for building one or more molecules that aid the body work. DNA is shaped like a corkscrew-twisted ladder, called a double helix. The two ladder rails are called backbones, and the rungs are pairs of four building blocks (adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine) called bases. The sequences of these bases provide the instructions for building molecules.

Genetics Research is a fully open access journal providing a key forum for original research on all aspects of human and animal genetics, reporting key findings on genomes, genes, mutations and molecular interactions, extending out to developmental, evolutionary, and population genetics as well as ethical, legal and social aspects. Our aim is to lead to a better understanding of genetic processes in health and disease. We focus on the use of new technologies, such as next generation sequencing together with bioinformatics analysis, to produce growingly detailed views.

INSTAR Lab publishes original work, review articles, computational studies, and novel methods and techniques in research covering humans and well-habitual genetic organisms. Key subject areas include medical genetics, genomics, human evolutionary and population genetics, bioinformatics, genetics of complex traits, molecular and developmental genetics, quantitative and statistical genetics, behavioral genetics and environmental genetics. The breadth and quality of research make us an invaluable resource for researchers involved in genetic basis of evolutionary studies.

The goal of the INSTAR Lab Division of Genetics Research is to advance the frontiers of genetics and genomics. We aim to be world leaders in the translation of genomic knowledge into tools and approaches for improving the treatment, prognosis, and prevention of rare and common diseases. The study of genomic variation and its effects on phenotype at the species, population, and individual levels is central to our scientific pursuits. Our researchers view the genome as a window to understanding the human condition, including factors influencing human history and health.

We pursue ambitious interdisciplinary projects because of our strengths in basic, clinical, social, and behavioral research. Achieving our goals requires innovative and, at times, high-risk strategies that make use of a wide range of genomic, genetic, computational, and high-throughput methodologies. Our ability to vastly pursue cutting-edge research initiatives allows us to tackle the most compelling biomedical problems of our time. Our research is grounded by a number of fundamental tenets, since we believe that the experiments of nature are as important as our own.