Introduction to Data Mining (GS-GE- 402)
Data mining provides practical approaches and tools that allow biomedical researchers to analyze and understand their data and to craft new hypotheses. The course will focus on data mining essentials and will cover standard approaches to clustering, classification, regression and model selection, along with several domain-oriented techniques such as gene enrichment analysis. We will focus on applications of these methods through a visual programming platform that requires no training in programming. We will provide a basic introduction to the inner workings and mathematics, helping students to intuitively understand the data analysis algorithms without having to understand deep mathematical concepts.
Credits: 2
Term: 1
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y
Director:  Dr. Gad Shaulsky


Gene and Cell Therapy (GS-GE- 403)

This course covers various approaches to somatic and germ cell gene therapy, with emphasis on vector systems and other methods for gene delivery and targeting; model systems for specific applications of gene therapy; and the status of current therapeutic strategies for various inherited and acquired disorders.
Credits: 2 
Term: 4 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Philip Ng


Human Genetics (GS-GE- 411)
The goal of this course is help graduate students learn the fundamental principles of human genetics they will need to be effective contributors to the field of human genetics.  By the end of the course, students will have an increased ability to comprehend the human genetics literature, conduct human genetics research, accurately interpret genetic data obtained from human subjects and communicate these findings to other researchers and the general public.
Credits: 3 
Term: 4 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Daryl Scott


Clinical Genetics (GS-GE- 419)
The course is aimed at training graduate students in the applied aspects of clinical genetics. Students will learn how Human Geneticists address medical genetic problems in the clinic, interact with genetic fellows and learn how to design tests and experiments to address clinical problems.
Credits: 1 
Term: 1 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Daryl Scott 


Mammalian Genetics (GS-GE- 421)
This course describes the contribution of mammalian cell culture and somatic cell genetics to the understanding of molecular mechanisms of gene expression. Topics covered include mammalian cell culture systems, properties of permanent and primary cell lines, isolation and selection of mutant cell lines, gene mapping, complementation analysis, cell hybrids, DNA mediated gene transfer, DNA and RNA viral vectors for gene transfer, gene transfer to the germline and somatic cells of animals.
Credits: 2 
Term: 3 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Hamed Jafar-Nejad and Dr. Jason Heaney


Introduction to Medical Genetics (GS-GE- 425)
This course will: provide students insight into the specialty of medical genetics and its place within the practice of medicine in the United States; offer students an opportunity to understand what it is like to be a medical geneticist and work in a diagnostic laboratory; and, inform students about educational and training requirements that lead to eligibility for board certification by the ABMG. The focus of the course will be on laboratory specialties, however, the specialties of Clinical Genetics and Genetic Counseling will also be discussed. 
Credits: 3 
Term: 4 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Marco Sardiello


Special Projects (GS-GE- 435)
Faculty mentored research for students that have not been admitted to candidacy.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Gad Shaulsky


Bioinformatics and Genomic Analysis (GS-GE- 459)
This course is intended to provide a background in the theory and application of standard computational methods for molecular biology research. The topics to be discussed include databases, sequence comparison, phylogeny, pattern inference and matching, RNA secondary structure, and protein structure. The course will also address computational issues for the Human Genome Program in the areas of large-scale DNA sequencing, chromosome mapping, and gene recognition. During the term, a seminar speaker, with expertise in an area relevant to the subject area of the course, is invited as a guest lecturer. Students are required to attend this seminar.
Credits: 3 
Term: 4 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Kim Worley


Special Topics (GS-GE- 463)
Scholarly study directed by a faculty member. Special topics allows a faculty member to develop individualized courses for students. Special topics cannot be used to satisfy the 30 hr course requirement.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Gad Shaulsky


Seminar in Molecular & Human Genetics (GS-GE- 466)
This course is required of all first and second year students enrolled in the Molecular and Human Genetics Graduate Program. The course is conducted as a journal club to study current literature, to practice critical analysis of the literature and to refine presentation techniques.  First year students present papers from the current literature, all students join in discussion of the paper presented.
Credits: 1 
Term: 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Hamed Jafar-Nejad and Dr. Noah Shroyer


Student Research Seminar (GS-GE- 468)
A seminar series in which senior students (second year and up) will present their own research to an audience of students and faculty to develop their oral communication skills.  The students will present their own work approximately once each year in a revolving schedule.  Following each student's seminar, constructive advice from faculty and students will be provided about improving presentation skills and about producing effective presentation materials. The course is aimed to supply the students with the experience necessary to perform highly successful presentations outside of the college in national scientific meetings.
Credits: 1 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Christophe Herman and Dr. Herman Dierick


Readings (GS-GE- 548)
Faculty directed literature projects that survey a specialized topic of interest.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Gad Shaulsky


Research Rotation (GS-GE- 549)
Faculty mentored research for students who have not yet selected a faculty advisor.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Gad Shaulsky


Dissertation (GS-GE- 550)
Thesis research directed by a faculty mentor and advisory committee. Open only to candidates for the Ph.D. or M.S. degree
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Gad Shaulsky