The division has long emphasized outstanding basic genetic research as its principal academic enterprise. The research interests represented within the division span a wide range of areas within contemporary genetics, and include genome science, bioinformatics, human genetics (including complex disease genetics and genetic variation), developmental and cancer genetics and gene therapy, and proteomics and metalloproteomics, trace metal metabolism, and redox biology. The division has changed dramatically during the past ten years. The recruitment of new research faculty has greatly extended the division’s research capabilities and grant portfolio. For example, the number of personnel in the division increased from 35 in 2001 to over 250 today, and will continue to grow.
The BWH Division of Genetics is an academic unit within the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The division has acquired a new focus on techniques and technologies relevant to human genetic disease and to organogenesis, and has begun serving as a potential focal point for genetics, stem cell and systems biology infrastructure at BWH. An important goal of the Division is to build synergy and collaboration through the interaction of researchers in other genetics programs throughout Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School who can bring together different perspectives.