The purpose of the Center is to foster research and education in the area of genomic research, particularly functional genomics, providing a focal point for these activities within the University of Memphis and the Memphis scientific community. Now that the complete genome sequences of humans, mice and several additional model organisms have been determined, a shift in emphasis is occurring from the physical and chemical structure of the genome to the biological function of the information encoded by the genome. Functional genomics involves the study global genome-wide or "system-wide" function.
Currently, a major focus of this research is to define the influence of both genetic
and environmental factors on gene expression, towards the goal of understanding the
anatomy of the genome and the functions associated with sets of genetic information.Support
of Research Infrastructure