The Molecular and Cellular Biology Track is an integrated, multidisciplinary graduate training program emphasizing gene function, animal development, and disease. Learn more >
The Neuroscience Track is an integrated, interdisciplinary graduate training program examining the functions of the nervous system. Learn more >
Students in the Biomedical Engineering track receive training in the biological, physical and computational sciences through a combination of core and advanced courses, and interdisciplinary research. Learn more >
The Toxicology Track is an innovative, multidisciplinary graduate program investigating the consequences of exposure to chemical agents on living organisms and the environment. Learn more >
The Functional Genomics Track is a highly interactive, interdisciplinary program that brings together biologists, computer and information scientists, mathematicians, engineers, biophysicists, and chemists to examine fundamental biological processes related to gene and protein function and interactions. Learn more >
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The major challenge in biomedical and biological research for now and the foreseeable future is to understand how the information encoded by the genome determines an organism's functions. To move from the level of the DNA sequence to an understanding of the morphogenetic and physiological pathways crucial for normal development requires new approaches to acquiring and analyzing data on a genome-wide scale. The field of Functional Genomics is a highly interactive, interdisciplinary research environment that brings together biologists, computer and information scientists, mathematicians, engineers, biophysicists, and chemists to examines fundamental biological processes and improves our understanding of related to gene and protein function and interactions. Dynamic aspects of gene transcription, translation, and protein-protein interactions are analyzed. Under the guidance of two mentors, one in the biological sciences and one in the computational/ or physical sciences, students in the Functional Genomics Track program merge these fields to develop a multidisciplinary, multidimensional program of study. The degree program provides a bridge that links a set of interdependent research cores in genetics/genomics, cell/molecular biology, biophysics/bioengineering, and computational biology/bioinformatics. Examples of ongoing research projects include super-resolution imaging of viral entry into cells, mathematical modeling of muscle development, and spectroscopic analysis of non-canonical protein translocation.