One-Year Training Curriculum
Genetics & Genomics Survey Course (6 credit hours)
Overview: The goal of this course is to provide students with the broad understanding of pivotal topics in the field of genetics and genomics. A background in concepts and methods will be provided and followed by critical analyses of the reading and primary literature utilizing interactive discussions. This course will provide the graduate students in the Genetics & Genomics Initiative program direct and engaged contact with all the major areas of research at the forefront of this field while providing an appreciation for where the field has been and what the big ideas are for the future.
- Summarize & critically review pivotal papers and research in the field of genetics and genomics
- Demonstrate understanding of the material through participation and leading of active discussions
- Synthesize the breadth of topics covered and propose the next big research questions in the field
Logistics: This course will meet 4-days per week (M, T, W, TH) for 75 minutes. This course will be Team Taught by the GGI faculty and coordinated closely by Dr. Martha Burford Reiskind. The course will be broken up into 2 to 3 week sections outlined below.
Details on Topics Covered:
Introduction to the course and History of the field of Genetics & Genomics
Module 1: Seminal Works in Genetics & Genomics – Evolving Methods and Paradigm Shifts
This module will build the student’s understanding of the knowledge base underpinning the field of genetics and genomics by exploring seminal papers, important technological advances and the variety of approaches to hypothesis testing
Module 2: From Molecules to Organisms – Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Genetics & Genomics
This module will provide critical background on molecular, cellular, and developmental genetics and genomics, providing a primer for advanced course in these topics. This module will use the primary literature and readings and will include interactive discussions and synthesis
Module 3: From Variation to Evolution
This module will explore the topics of genotype to phenotype research, genetic mapping, population and quantitative genetics and evolution. This module will use the primary literature and readings and include interactive discussions and synthesis
Module 4: From Methods to Application – The State of the Field and New Big Ideas in Genetics & Genomics
This module will explore and integrate the concepts and methodologies learned in earlier modules, and apply them to topical research. Students will review several case studies through interactive discussions. This module will also challenge students to propose the next big ideas, technologies, and experiments in the field.
Module 5: Synthesis and Group Projects
During the last two weeks of the course, students will conduct group projects, based on ideas and questions that emerged from earlier discussion during the course. The focus will be on synthesizing material from the breadth of topics covered during the course to address these questions and ideas.
Genetics & Genomics Professional Development and Ethics (3 credit hours)
Overview: The main objective for this course is to help graduate students develop the tools and skills that they need to excel in graduate school and throughout their careers. The topics range from the practical to the philosophical. In addition, we will explore the ethical concerns facing professionals in the genetics and genomic fields in the 21st century, allowing the past to help inform the present and future. We will focus on scientific writing in a variety of forms culminating in writing a grant proposal and will work on effective science communication. This course will value peer collaboration and feedback, developing professional relationships that will be important in graduate school and in their future careers.
- Identify a philosophical & ethical perspective on science generally and the broad field of genetics and genomics specifically
- Identify & evaluate critical features of excellent science writing and communication
- Develop a competitive grant proposal
- Design an effective personal web page
- Identify & design their own path through their individual graduate program
Logistics: This course will meet two days a week for 75 minutes. This course will be taught by the program coordinator Dr. Martha Burford Reiskind (http://burfordreiskind.com/)
Genetics & Genomics Data Project Course (3 credit hours)
Overview: The main objective for this course is to help graduate students develop the tools and skills that they need conduct their own research in the data heavy field of genetics & genomics. There will be several cutting-edge methods explored per semester and the students will work together on collaborative projects. The goal for this course is for the students to get hands-on experience in a project- or research-based learning environment.
- Identify, evaluate & apply specific data analysis tools, software, and approaches to a variety of research question in the field of genetics & genomics
- Create a data management approach for a specific research project
- Articulate the results of this project through scientific writing and oral presentation
- Critically evaluate through peer review and discussion the projects in the course
Logistics: This course will meet two days a week for 75 minutes. This course will be team taught by identified faculty in the GGI.