The Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts University School of Medicine. Stuart B. Levy, M.D., Director

Our mission
Welcome to the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance. Established in 1992, the overall goal of the Center is to investigate common biologic themes in the adaptation responses of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells to environmental signals and hazards.

A key area of adaptation is resistance to drugs used to treat infections and cancers. Thus, the drug resistance area is a paradigm for adaptation genetics. The work being done in the Center uses basic research in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and pharmacology to define the molecular basis of the clinical problem.

Training exposes research scientists to techniques and concepts in prokaryotic and eukaryotic biology. Scientists at the Center attempt to use basic science to create new therapies or new approaches to treatments of infectious diseases and cancer in patients.

About the Center

The Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance
Our Center is located in historic Boston, Massachusetts, on the Medical campus of Tufts University. Its South End location provides many opportunities for transit and is a short walk to City Hall, the Waterfront, and Chinatown.

We are located within a resource-rich campus that is home to several Tufts health research and teaching institutions, including the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Next door is TUSM's main clinical affiliate, Tufts Medical Center, a world-class academic medical center that offers outstanding patient care, conducts groundbreaking research, and trains students in the latest medical practices.

Boston is known as the "Athens of America." Given the great number of academic institutions, research facilities, and biotech companies in the area, it is certainly true today. Many of our scientists go on to find further employment in the Boston Metro area, and choose to build a successful life here.

For more information about our institution, please see the Tufts School of Medicine website. Information about the City of Boston can be found at, and local transportation information can be found at

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