Genetics

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Discipline of Genetics

John V. Planz, PhD, Graduate Advisor
Center for BioHealth 360 | Phone: 817-735-2397 | E-mail: John.Planz@unthsc.edu

Genetics is a broad interdisciplinary field that unites biochemistry, microbial and cellular biology, molecular processes, biotechnology, computational biology, biogeography and human disease to gain an integrated understanding of environmental and clinical observations. The Genetics discipline offers training in analytical techniques and computational methods necessary for studies in the different fields of applied genetics. Genetics faculty have broad research interests as most analytical approaches to genetics studies are applicable to myriad biological processes. Faculty research programs are funded by multiple sources including the federal government, state government, private foundations and industry, and collaboration between the various UNTHSC programs and schools is strongly supported.

Degrees and fields of study

Students may undertake research to obtain a Masters or Ph.D. degree in areas such as cancer genetics, computational genetics, pharmacogenetics, population/evolutionary genetics, medical genetics, microbial genetics, and many other interrelated disciplines. Prospective students are highly encouraged to make contact with our faculty to discuss mutual areas of research interest. Students may enter the program with a variety of academic backgrounds, and foundational knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and statistics, or their equivalent are expected. Experience in laboratory methods, computer programming and bioinformatics is strongly recommended.

Through completion of the coursework and research in the Genetics discipline, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of cutting edge research approaches in genetics/genomics;
  • Describe, critically evaluate, and apply current theoretical perspectives in genetics;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in analytical and statistical procedures appropriate for genetic analyses; and
  • Describe role of genetic and genomic assessment in clinical practice, including applications in disease screening, diagnosis, and pharmacogenetics.

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