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The Smurfit Institute of Genetics is an academic unit of Trinity College Dublin. The Smurfit Institute and the Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine together comprise the School of Genetics and Microbiology, which is part of the Faculty of Science.

The Smurfit Institute has a very collegial atmosphere with a diverse group of faculty, researchers, and students from over thirty countries. The research and teaching in Genetics encompass and integrate molecular, cellular, developmental, behavioural, medical, population and quantitative genetics and evolution.

Genetics staff in Atrium

We are a research-led institute. Our objective is to conduct the highest quality research and to publish it in high impact journals. The research atmosphere sets the tone and the standards for all of our other activities. The high quality of our teaching derives directly from our research activity and output. The fact that more than 75% of our graduates proceed to higher degrees, primarily by research, attests to the powerful impact of the research ethos generated in the Smurfit Institute.

genetics at 50
Irish Times article (PDF, 6.2 MB)

Our building was opened in 1998 and has state-of-the-art research facilities. We have an international reputation for world class research, reflected in an outstanding record of publication and funding. As such, the Smurfit Institute provides a superb environment in which to do research, and an undergraduate education and research training of recognised quality.

Graduates of our B.A. (mod.) degrees in Genetics and Human Genetics have gone on to careers in diverse fields, many in science or areas related to it. These include academic research and teaching, the ever-growing field of biotechnology, agriculture, forensics, journalism, patent law, governmental organisations and many more. For those who choose a nonscientific career, the skills of critical thinking and problem-solving provided by the Moderatorships in Genetics and Human Genetics are in high demand in all fields.


Last updated 2 September 2014 gensec@tcd.ie (Email).