In the departmental listings, the following notations signify particular faculty appointments:
* Secondary appointment
^ Faculty member with secondary appointment outside the School of Medicine
# Faculty member with primary appointment outside the School of Medicine
Madhuri Hegde, Judith L. Fridovich-Keil, Peng Jin, Hyder Jinnah*, Shi-Hua Li, Xiao-Jiang Li, Distinguished Professor, Glen Satten#, Stephanie L. Sherman, Stephen T. Warren, David Weinshenker
R. Dwain Blackston, Tamara Caspary, Anthony W. S. Chan, Joseph F. Cubells, Andrew P. Escayg, Michael P. Epstein, Michael Gambello, Subra Kugathasan#, Cynthia Moore#, Sampath Prahalad*, Timothy D. Read*, Rani H. Singh, Jeannie Visootsak, Michael E Zwick
Emily Graves Allen, John Alexander, Lora J. H. Bean, Cecelia Bellcross, Bradford Coffee, Christin Collins, Karen N. Conneely, David J. Cutler, Kathryn Beauregard Garber, Karen Grinzaid, Patricia Hall, Miao He, Lillie Huddleston, Neil E. Lamb#, Hong Li, Xuekun Li, Richard S. Olney#, Mary K. Rudd, Jason Schroeder, Suma P. Shankar, J Daniel Sharer
Nadia Ali, Mika Kinoshita, Dawn Laney, Kenneth M. Loud, Tricia Page, Christine Stanislaw, Yilang Tang
Karlene B. Coleman+
Sallie B. Freeman, Phillip P. Dembure
The department's primary objective is to advance our understanding of the human genome and its role in health and disease. With the completion of the nucleotide sequence of the human genome, the interaction of normal and mutant genes with each other and the environment becomes the next level of investigation. Molecular genetic analysis and bioinformatics play important roles in understanding the mechanism and susceptibility of individuals to disease. With this understanding will come improved methods for patient management, counseling, and therapy. This will be particularly true for common disorders, most of which have a significant genetic component. Effectively transmitting this information to the medical student, resident, and practicing physician so they can take full advantage of the power of genetics in their profession is the teaching mission of the department. The predictive nature of human genetics is a powerful tool for those individuals working in the healing art of medicine.
There are special courses in areas such as molecular approaches to questions of structure, genomics, eukaryotic organelle genetics, genetic epidemiology, metabolic bases for inherited disease and population genetics.