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Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics

The mission of the Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics is to carry out high impact research in genetics and related fields and to provide training in precision medicine and systems genetics. Our faculty, staff, and students study interactions of DNA differences, the environment, and life history on disease risk. We are interested in understanding the many different processes that influence the severity of diseases ranging from Alzheimer's, autism, addiction through to cancers, diabetes, and heart disease. Our goal is for research to have a positive impact on health, disease prevention, and best options for treatment, in the context of unique genetics and family histories.

We collaborate closely with doctors and researchers in many other departments and colleges at UTHSC, and with teams of investigators at many of our excellent regional hospitals and research institutions. Members of our department are actively involved in large-scale national and international collaborations and training programs in genetics, bioinformatics, and precision medicine.

Department of Genetics, Genomics and InformaticsFaculty Research Interests

Contact

Dr. Byron Jones
GGI Track Co-Director
Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
410J Translational Research Building
71 South Manassas
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.2814
bjone129@uthsc.edu

Dr. Athena Davenport
GGI Track Co-Director
Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
419 Translational Research Building
71 South Manassas
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.3085
astarlar@uthsc.edu

Program Resources

Curriculum

Required Curriculum

  • Integrative Genetics (3 credit hours)–GGI 901
  • Medical Genetics (3 credit hours)–GGI 903
  • Biostatistics for Integrated Biomedical Sciences (2 credit hours)–BIOE 845
  • Integrity in the Conduct of Scientific Research (1 credit hour)–IP 801
  • Bioinformatics I (2 credit hours)–MSCI 814
  • Bioinformatics II (1 credit hour)–MSCI 815
  • GGI Seminar (1 credit hour)–GGI 820
  • Bioinformatics Summit (1 credit hour)–GGI 905, every spring term
  • IP 900 (24 credit hours)

Additional Requirements

  • GGI Seminar (1 credit hour)–GGI 820
  • Bioinformatics Summit (1 credit hour)–GGI 905, every spring term
  • IP 900 (24 credit hours)

Electives

  • IP 805 (3 credit hours) Essentials of Molecular Biology OR IP 841 (3 credit hours) Essentials of Cell Biology (one of these must be chosen and constitutes 1 of the 4 elective courses required).
  • Genetic Epidemiology (3 credit hours)–BIOE 824
  • Pharmacogenomics (2 credit hours)–GGI 902
  • Special Topics in Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics (3 credit hours)–GGI 840

Last Published: Jan 9, 2020