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The Genetics and Genomics Initiative (GGI)

Building a greater understanding of genetics and genomics to enhance the flourishing of societies and ecosystems.

Genetics and genomics are central to all life sciences, and can no longer be seen as isolated specialties or programs. The GGI recognizes this, and its goal is to leverage NC State’s rich legacy in genetics to connect and invigorate our other unique strengths in the life sciences, and ultimately drive excellence in transdisciplinary research and training. The reach of the GGI is from the basic to the applied, from molecules to ecosystems, from the traditional to the cutting-edge, integrating all of these areas to maximize impact on fundamental knowledge and positive societal outcomes.

Our Mission

The GGI leverages collaborations across all life sciences research and training at NC State University to enhance our understanding of the genetic and genomic underpinnings of life on earth, sustain biodiversity, and enhance social equity.

The GGI Community

The GGI brings together faculty and trainees from across the University engaged in outstanding research and teaching, and provides a strong platform and novel connections for interdisciplinary interactions. The GGI is home to the Genetics and Genomics Scholars (GG Scholars) program, NC State’s first umbrella PhD training program.The GGI hosts Research Interest Groups (RIGs), GGI-member-driven communities centered on fundamental and emerging research areas. The GGI serves as a hub for the sharing of scientific discovery, through an annual GGI retreat, a world-class seminar series, and extensive public education and outreach efforts at a variety of scales. Together, this network of GGI activities will allow NC State to produce excellence in transdisciplinary research, recruit the best young scientists, and enhance our reputation and competitiveness as a strong research university.

GGI Executive Committee

Fred Gould, Executive Committee Chair

William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Phone: 919.515.1647
Email: fgould@ncsu.edu

Reade Roberts

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences
Phone: 919.515.4248
Email: rbrober2@ncsu.edu

Anna Stepanova

Assistant Professor of Plant Biology and Genetics
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Phone: 919.515.5729
Email: atstepan@ncsu.edu

Jeffrey Thorne

Departments of Biological Sciences and Statistics
College of Sciences
Phone: 919.515.1946
Email: thorne@statgen.ncsu.edu

Jeffrey Yoder

Professor of Innate Immunology
Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Phone: 919.515.7406
Email: jayoder@ncsu.edu

GG Scholars Program

Martha Burford Reiskind

Martha Burford Reiskind

Assistant Professor of Population Genomics
Director, GG Scholars program
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences
Office: Thomas Hall 1510B
Email: mbreiski@ncsu.edu

Jenni Wilson

Jenni Wilson

Graduate Services Coordinator
GG Scholars, Genetics, Functional Genomics, Bioinformatics
College of Sciences
Phone: 919-515-2291
Email: jenni_wilson@ncsu.edu