Genomics & Genetics

Overview

Genomics and genetics is a broad area of research and training in the department that covers a range of topics from the virus to the eukaryote. The research on genome sequencing and mapping extends from the avian genome, to the nematode genome, and to many bacterial genomes. Faculty are investigating the hereditary diseases of animals and humans with an eye toward tracking down genes that cause disease or that are missing in genetic diseases and conditions. Additionally, the evolution of bacterial pathogenesis is under study, as well as the study of evolutionary mechanisms using bacterial model systems and virtual organisms. Other faculty are studying the use of virus vectors containing human genes to correct genetic diseases.