Genetics Department Life

Socially distanced fun

While our lives have changed dramatically due to COVID-19, the community has found new ways to stay connected. Between virtual seminars, Zoom’ed lab lunches, online board game nights, synchronized Netflix parties, Zoom happy hours and tea times, fun in the virtual sun at each other’s Animal Crossing islands, socially distanced picnics, and waving on the way to essential lab work, people manage to stay connected to their labmates and friends.

Zoom Coffee Break

Local Attractions 

Students and postdocs take advantage of all the Genetics Department, Stanford, and the broader Bay Area have to offer! Stanford campus offers a plethora of attractions such as the Cantor Art Museum, Cactus Garden, Memorial Church, Hoover Tower, and Discovery Walk.

The “Discovery Walk” — a promenade that stretches across the entire length of the Medical School campus — commemorates major advances in medical science made by scientists at Stanford and beyond over the last 150 years.

Bay Area Attractions

There are also many Bay Area (and beyond) sight-seeing opportunities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Muir Woods, Half Moon Bay, San José, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, Napa, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe. Activities of interest include: whale watching, wine tasting, visiting museums, live music, theater, attending sporting events, hiking, cycling, surfing, skiing, and camping.

Genetics and Biosciences students reached the Mission Peak Summit in the East Bay.

Genetics 2015 Cohort enjoying an excursion to play miniature golf.

Annual retreat

Every fall, the department packs up and heads to Monterey for a three-day retreat. While the time is packed with research talks, poster sessions, and lots of time discussing science, there’s plenty of room for fun events too! Highlights include an extremely competitive sand volleyball tournament, unparalleled  entertainment organized and performed every year by the 3rd year PhD students, dancing, and board games. The first day of the retreat overlaps with the Developmental Biology’s annual retreat (including a joint poster session and barbecue lunch), fostering cross-department bonds.

2019 Retreat Department Group Photo

Weekly happy hours

The department hosts a Friday happy hour following the Current Issues in Genetics seminar series. It starts around 5pm in the Alway courtyard (weather permitting).

Genetics labs take turns hosting happy hour and sometimes invoke their inner creativity to bring themed events to life, such as when the Montgomery Lab hosted a birthday party for Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Annual holiday party

Every December, the Department hosts a holiday party for all members of the department along with their families. While the location varies, it is held somewhere nearby or on campus.

Genetics and Genetic Counseling students, postdocs, faculty, staff and their families celebrate together at the annual Genetics Holiday Party in 2019.

Lethal Yellows softball team

Not only does the Genetics Department encourage some healthy competition through the intra-departmental sand volleyball tournament at the annual retreat, members also partake in Stanford-wide intramural sports through IMLeagues. The Lethal Yellows is a summer softball team (and conference champions in 2017) composed of Genetics and Genetic Counseling students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and friends that is always open to new members! Contact Laura Donohue to sign up.

The 2019 Lethal Yellows softball team, along with a few canine mascots.