Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics
The mission of the Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics (GGI) 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.
The aims of the UTHSC Department of Genetic, Genomics and Informatics are:
- Provide a strong collaborative, collegial, and productive research environment that encourages genuine innovation, risk taking, and discoveries that have real impact. Productivity can be measured in many ways: funding, papers and books, etc. but what really counts is strategic productivity—is research having a meaningful and long-lasting impact on our understanding of genetics and will it improve health care?
- Provide our faculty, staff, and students with the latest genomic and informatics technologies and resources. UTHSC has been at the forefront of generating new types of mouse models to study human diseases. We are committed to maintaining our leadership position with the support of the Center for Integrative and Translational Genomics, the Department of Comparative Medicine, and the UT Molecular Resource Center.
- Develop, maintain, and improve the clinical and community relevance of all of genetics and genomics research. We continue to reach out and collaborate with clinicians and with community and healthcare experts. Many different types of experts—from family physicians to economists and politicians—must understand and even use cutting-edge genetics and genomics data to improve health and productivity.
- Develop and maintain the a strong teaching and scholarly research environment that promotes discovery and dissemination of knowledge, but does this in an ethically and socially integrated way. Genetics and genomics research must be done with understanding and appreciation of the real risk of disruptive and potentially harmful technologies.