Ph.D. Program in Human Genetics
The curriculum will teach students within the program as well as students in other disciplines how to use the tools of genetics to answer a variety of important biological questions.
HGEN 320 Research/Techniques in Human Genetics: For students prior to admission into candidacy for Ph.D. degree. Fall, Spring, Summer. Hours and credit by arrangement. Samuels and Staff.
HGEN 330. Special Topics in Human Genetics. This course will provide students with an introduction to special topics in human genetics research, with emphasis on unanswered questions in the field. An introductory module will give students a basic understanding of human genetic principles. This will be followed by discussion of current special topics. Potential topics include: What do we know about the human genome and what do we have to learn? Is there a gene for everything? Is personalized medicine feasible? SPRING.  Bush.
HGEN 335. Genetics Interest Group. The class meets weekly and is a seminar course that involvesfour revolving formats: journal club presentations, clinical and ethics talks, directed discussion on current topics of interest in human genetics, and student research in progress presentations. For Human Genetics graduate students only. Fall and Spring 
MPB 332 Regulation of Gene Transcription: This course covers DNA/protein interactions including recent findings on how interactions are established within the chromosomal environment and how they affect gene activity; hormonal and developmental aspects of gene control in the context of protein/DNA interactions.
HGEN 340 Human Genetics I: Designed to cover background and latest advances in human genetics. Topics will include an overview of mutational mechanisms, cytogenetics (detection and description of chromosomal abnormalities), biochemical genetics (gene defects in biochemical pathways, inborn errors of metabolism), molecular genetics (gene structure, function, and expression). Topics are discussed with reference to specific human genetic diseases. FALL.  Russell and Mortlock.
HGEN 341 Human Genetics II: This course will cover the statistical, population, and analytical aspects of modern human genetics research. Topics to be covered include human population genetics, disease gene discovery (study design, statistical and molecular techniques), quantitative genetics, linkage and association analyses, computational genetics, and evolutionary genetics. Clinical examples, subject ascertainment, and study design will also be emphasized. Students must have a strong understanding of Mendelian genetics and basic biostatistics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. SPRING  Crawford and Staff.
HGEN 349 Genetics of Model Organisms: Basic genetic principles across a broad range of organisms (yeast, c. elegans, Drosophila, Arabidopsis, mouse, zebrafish) that are used to investigate molecular and developmental pathways relevant to human disease. This course will provide students with in-depth terminology and understanding of the advantages, applications and approaches specific to each organism. Genomic and bioinformatics tools that facilitate genetic analysis in each species will be emphasized. Specific examples of how each model organism has successfully contributed to defining a human disorder will be presented. Course combines faculty lectures with discussion of original articles and hands-on computer time for demonstration of statistical packages. Prerequisites: One statistics course at the upper undergraduate level or higher, Fundamental Genetic Analysis (MPB 385) or permission of the Instructor is REQUIRED. SPRING  Southard-Smith and Staff.
HGEN 350 Directed Study in Human Genetics: Introduction to current research through readings of the genetics literature. Given on an individual basis by arrangement. May be taken more than once, but not for more than 4 hours credit with a single advisor, nor for more than 5 hours total. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and DGS. Approval through Graduate school. FALL, SPRING, SUMMER. Variable credit. Staff.
HGEN 370 Tutorials in Human Genetics: A weekly seminar critically evaluating current and past scientific literature from many areas of human genetic research. The focus will be on study methods and analysis. Each student is expected to read and critically analyze the original literature, and present at least one paper during the semester. FALL. Kearney and Morgan.
HGEN 371 Tutorials in Statistical and Population Genetics: This course is a weekly seminar where students critically evaluate research publications specifically in the areas of statistical methods in human genetic analysis and human population genetics. As with HGEN 370, each student is expected to read and critically analyze the original literature, and present at least one paper during the semester. SPRING. Li and Samuels.
HGEN 385. Fundamentals of Genetic Analysis: This course is designed to accomplish three goals: 1) Introduce students to critical topics of genetic research, 2) introduce students to important areas of genetic research not covered in first year coursework, and 3) promote an understanding of classical genetic analysis by learning genetics using the original literature. Emphases will be placed on research problems that utilize the full power of genetic analysis. SPRING.  Mortlock.
HGEN 385 Reading Schedule
HGEN 390 Human Genetic Epidemiology: This course will cover in detail the study design and methods of modern genetic epidemiology. This will include concepts of familial aggregation, linkage analyses, population genetics as it is applied to studies of human traits, and association studies - both candidate genes and genome wide association. The concept of linkage disequilibrium and its use in disease-gene studies will be extensively discussed. The underlying principles of each approach will be developed and current methods and software programs used to perform these will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the advantages and disadvantages of each approach and how to best design a genetic epidemiology study. SPRING  Crawford & Haines.
HGEN 399 Dissertation Research in Human Genetics: For students after admission into candidacy for Ph.D. degree. FALL, SPRING, SUMMER. Hours and credit by arrangement. Samuels and Staff.