Genes & Genomes

Faculty in this concentration study the function, regulation, and evolution of genes, from single nucleotides to whole genomes. Researchers utilize prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms and viruses to analyze the flow and execution of information within genetic systems. Insights gained advance our understanding of development, infectious diseases, and environmental agents. This holistic approach to the study of gene and genome function is facilitated by the integration of next-generation sequencing technologies with classic biochemistry and genetic approaches to identify mutations and characterize their effects on gene expression.