Functional Genomics

Functional genomics encompasses gene discovery, gene expression, protein and nucleic acid structure and function, gene and gene product interactions, and genomic approaches to breeding and comparative studies relevant to ecology and evolutionary biology. Students in the Functional Genomics program will focus on one or more of these areas.

Academic preparation begins with a general background in genomic sciences, including classes in bioinformatics, genetics, biochemistry and statistics. A wide variety of advanced courses are offered for students to choose from depending on their specific focus.

Unique and exceptional resources at NC State include the Bioinformatics Research Center and the Genomic Sciences Laboratory.

Degrees

Course Requirements (total of 30 credits)

Genomic Sciences Core (12 credits)

  • ST 590A: Intro. Bioinformatics (3 cr)
  • GN 735: Functional Genomics (3 cr)
  • GN 701: Molecular Genetics or BCH 703 Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation (3 cr)
  • PP 810/PP 610: Genomics Journal Club (1 credit, to be taken twice)
  • GN 850: Professionalism and Ethics

Functional Genomics Core (18 credits)

  • ST 511: Experimental Statistics I (3 cr)
  • GN 702: Cellular and Developmental Genetics or BCH 705: Molecular Biology of the Cell (3 cr)
  • GN 703: Population & Quantitative Genetics or BCH 701: Macromolecular Structure (3 cr)
  • FG Category I Electives* (9 cr)

* Because of university requirements, FG Category I Electives can not be chosen from ST 590C, CSC 530, ST 512, ST 501, or ST 502. These courses can be taken as additional electives beyond the minimum 30 cr requirement, however.

Course Requirements (total of 36 credits)

Genomic Sciences Core (12 credits)

  • ST 590A: Intro. Bioinformatics (3 cr)
  • GN 735: Functional Genomics (3 cr)
  • GN 701: Molecular Genetics or BCH 703 Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation (3 cr)
  • PP 810/PP 610: Genomics Journal Club (1 credit, to be taken twice)
  • GN 850: Professionalism and Ethics

Functional Genomics Core (18 credits)

  • ST 511: Experimental Statistics I (3 cr)
  • GN 702: Cellular and Developmental Genetics or BCH 705: Molecular Biology of the Cell (3 cr)
  • GN 703: Population & Quantitative Genetics or BCH 701: Macromolecular Structure (3 cr)
  • FG Category I Electives* (9 cr)
  • Thesis Research/Electives (6cr)

* Because of university requirements, FG Category I Electives can not be chosen from ST 590C, CSC 530, ST 512, ST 501, or ST 502. These courses can be taken as additional electives beyond the minimum 36 cr requirement, however.

Course Requirements (total of 72 credits)

Genomic Sciences Core (12 credits)

  • ST 590A: Intro. Bioinformatics (3 cr)
  • GN 735: Functional Genomics (3 cr)
  • GN 701: Molecular Genetics or BCH 703 Macromolecular Synthesis and Regulation (3 cr)
  • PP 810: Genomics Journal Club (1 credit, to be taken twice)
  • GN 850: Professionalism and Ethics

Functional Genomics Core (60 credits)

  • ST 511: Experimental Statistics I (3 cr)
  • GN 702: Cellular and Developmental Genetics or BCH 705: Molecular Biology of the Cell (3 cr)
  • GN 703: Population & Quantitative Genetics or BCH 701: Macromolecular Structure (3 cr)
  • FG Category I Electives* (6 cr)
  • Electives (3 cr)
  • PP 810: Genomics Journal Club (1 credit, taken two additional times)
  • Research and Electives (40 cr)

* Because of university requirements, FG Category I Electives can not be chosen from ST 590C, CSC 530, ST 512, ST 501, or ST 502. These courses can be used to fill the other elective credit requirements, however.

Admission Requirements

Students should have an undergraduate major in the biological or physical sciences, mathematics or computer science and have taken at least one semester of college-level calculus.

Alternatively, accepted students must take these courses as prerequisites outside the credit requirements for the degree.

Student Financial Support

A significant number of fellowships are available through the genomics program, and students may also be supported by research grant funds awarded to genomics faculty members.

Participating Faculty

David Aylor

Assistant Professor

919-515-7079

Michael Cowley

Asst Professor

919-513-0818

JG

Jim Gilliam

Professor

919-515-2589

John Godwin

Professor

919-513-2936

Jim Mahaffey

Professor

919-515-5791

Dahlia Nielsen

Associate Professor

Antonio Planchart

Assistant Professor

919-513-2530

David Reif

Associate Professor

919-513-3812

Michael Sikes

Associate Professor

919-513-0528

Rob Smart

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor

919-515-7245

Jeffrey Thorne

Professor of Genetics and Statistics

Fred Wright

Professor

919-515-9060