The program is designed to provide students seeking a MSIG the necessary skills and intellectual background to work cooperatively with others in a research area that takes a systems-wide approach and incorporates an organism’s history and natural environment to understand the organization and expression of its many genes and gene products.
The students should be able to:
- Identify the organisms and areas in ecology and evolution that link best to genomics and specifically functional genomics
- Be familiar with, and in some cases have a working knowledge of, the
- Statistical, and
- Database tools for genomic analyses.
Specifically, the program will emphasize the areas of:
- Genome comparisons,
- Structure and function in communities,
- Life history patterns,
- Stress responses, and
- Recent advances in the field of genomics.
Major competencies include:
- Using equipment associated with
- Gene discovery,
- Sequencing genomes, and
- Transcript profiling,
- Being able to analyze data and think critically about one’s own research and that of others,
- Communicating results effectively both orally and in writing, and
- Working as part of a research team.
Students in the internship track will also take a marketing course and learn about the basics of marketing and management. Instead of conducting their own research, they will do an internship with a biotechnology company to learn about the business and gain technical and analytical skills.