The purpose of the W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research is to provide research
and graduate education in the area of genetic research, particularly functional genomics,
providing a focal point for this activity within the University of Memphis and the
Memphis Scientific community.
Support of Research Infrastructure
The Center has developed and maintains a Molecular Biology Instrumentation Core (MBIC).
Within this core, Dr. Barbara J. Taller (Associate Professor, MMCS) provides DNA sequence
analysis and oligonucleotide sequence analysis. During the past year, the core has
more than doubled the DNA sequence output and has increased the number of synthesized
bases by 10-fold.
New to the MBIC is the capacity to provide case-by-case consultative services for
DNA microarry, cloning and protein expression, realtime PCR, tissue culture and cell
transfection. This capability has been made possible by the expertise brought to the
Center by Drs. Thomas and Carrie Sutter, as well as the capitalization of equipment
that occurred in the first year of the Center’s development.
The Center has provided stipends for graduate students conducting research and supported
Interdisciplinary and Inter-institutional Research and Education
One of the primary goals of the Center for Genomic Research is to develop an Interdisciplinary
Research Program. The driving force behind such a program is to leverage the Center’s
resources to increase the research and training environment of the University of Memphis.
By emphasizing interdisciplinary research, it is hoped that the Center can aid in
the development and strengthening of University of Memphis educational programs that
in turn support graduate research.