Sekelsky named Director of the Curriculum in Genetics & Molecular Biology

The School of Medicine has appointed Jeff Sekelsky, PhD, as the new Director for the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Sekelsky named Director of the Curriculum in Genetics & Molecular Biology click to enlarge Jeff Sekelsky, PhD

Dr. Sekelsky was recruited to UNC in 1999 by the Department of Biology and the Program in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.  He received his PhD in Biology from Harvard University working with Dr. Bill Gelbart, and then was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Scott Hawley at University of California at Davis, where he developed an interest in the mechanisms of DNA recombination in Drosophila.

He has developed an outstanding research program using sophisticated genetic and molecular tools to study the mechanisms of DNA repair and recombination in both mitotic and meiotic cell division.  Jeff was awarded an Ellison Foundation New Scholar Award in 2000, and a Glen Award for aging research in 2008.  He was elected to the American Academy for Advancement of Science in 2011.  He is a member of the North American Drosophila Board. In addition to his excellence in research, Jeff is an outstanding teacher both at the undergraduate and graduate level.  We look forward to the continued success of the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology under Jeff’s leadership.

We wish to thank Dr. Robert Duronio for his many years of service as Director of the Curriculum.  During his leadership the Curriculum broadened the genetic community across campus and was ranked number one in the country.