Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate

Stanford Center for Professional Development

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Who should attend

  • Emerging technology leaders, strategists and venture capitalists who trade within the science-medical space
  • R&D managers and new product teams
  • Medical practitioners looking to expand their knowledge in the scientific world
  • Medical sales representatives
  • Directors, Managers or Administrators who work in non-scientific roles in scientific environments

About the course

Take online courses in genetics and genomics and gain a greater understanding of biology, human health and personalized medicine. Tap into the world-class research of Stanford faculty and industry experts to acquire the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the rapidly evolving genetics industry.

The certificate program topics include advancements in the field of personalized medicine, DNA sequencing technologies and commercial applications of genetics research.

You Will Gain

  • A solid foundation of knowledge in the field of genetics
  • A broad understanding of the fundamentals of genomics
  • An introduction to cutting edge technologies used in the field
  • Familiarity with industry and medically-relevant applications
  • Real-world skills that will make you more marketable

Course Structure

All courses are online, on-demand and self-paced. Each consists of short online lecture videos, readings, exercises and a 20-35 question multiple choice final exam. You will also have email access to a Stanford teaching assistant to answer your questions

Earning the Certificate

You can earn the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate of Achievement by successfully completing the two required and any four elective courses. You can enroll in courses individually or complete them through the All-Access Plan. We strongly recommend that you first complete Fundamentals of Genetics: The Genetics You Need to Know (XGEN101) and Genomics and the Other Omics: The Comprehensive Essentials (XGEN(102).

Time to Complete Certificate

You should expect to spend 10-18 hours to complete each course, depending on your familiarity with the topic.

For individual courses, we recommend that you designate 2-3 hours per week to watch video lectures and complete assignments in order to finish within 60 days.

Since the All-Access Plan allows you to access all courses for one year, you can determine how quickly to progress, but you must complete courses with 365 days in order to receive credit.


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Kasia Bryc

Katarzyna ("Kasia") Bryc is a Senior Scientist of Population Geneticist at 23andMe. Dr. Bryc has developed statistical models that leverage genetic data to learn about ancient human history and migrations, recent population admixture and other forces shaping the human genome. Her prior research i...

Will Greenleaf

William Greenleaf is an Associate Professor in the Genetics Department at Stanford University School of Medicine, with a courtesy appointment in the Applied Physics Department. He is a member of Bio-X, the Biophysics Program, the Biomedical Informatics Program, and the Cancer Center. He received ...

Barry Starr

Barry received his B.S. from CSU, Chico in Biochemistry. He then went on to graduate school at the University of Oregon where he earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry with Dr. Diane Hawley. During his six years, Barry worked on many aspects of basal RNA polymerase II transcription but Barry’s main con...

Ruth Tennen

Ruth Tennen picked up her first pipette as a summer high-school student in a lab at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in cancer biology from Stanford University. Her graduate work examined t...

Monte Winslow

Monte Winslow is an Associate Professor of Genetics and Pathology at Stanford University. Academic Appointments Associate Professor, Genetics Associate Professor, Pathology Member, Bio-X Member, Stanford Cancer Institute Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Honors & Awards Stanford Univ...

Anne Brunet

Anne Brunet is a Professor of Genetics at Stanford University. Dr. Brunet is interested in the molecular mechanisms of aging and longevity, with a particular emphasis on the nervous system. Her lab is interested in identifying pathways involved in delaying aging in response to external stimuli su...

Julie Granka

Julie Granka is a biologist and a statistician with expertise in genetics and evolution who currently serves as the Director of Personalized Genomics at Dr. Granka has experience developing and applying advanced computational tools to genetic data to understand population history an...

Jonathan Pritchard

Jonathan Pritchard grew up in England before moving to Pennsylvania during high school. He received his BSc in Biology and Mathematics from Penn State University in 1994, and his PhD in Biology at Stanford in 1998. After that he moved to a postdoc in the Department of Statistics at Oxford Univers...

Gavin Sherlock

Academic Appointments Associate Professor, Genetics Member, Bio-X Member, Stanford Cancer Institute Administrative Appointments Faculty Co-Director, Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy (2016 - Present) Honors & Awards John Buckley Entrance Scholarship for Science, Manchester Universi...

Michael Snyder

Michael Snyder is the Stanford Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and the Director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D. training at the California Institute of Technology and carried out postdoctoral training at Stanford University. He is a le...

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