Ronald C. McGlennen, M.D.
Associate Professor, Medical Director
Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
University of Minnesota
Genomics depicts the committment to sequence and map the genomes of several species of organism important to human health. The endeavor to decipher the human genome has also led to the evolution of several new disciplines dedicated to understanding patterns of gene expression, appreciating the importance of human genetic variation on disease predisposition and response to treatments, and the derivation of how proteins and systems of protein function in cells. The lecture will provide an overview of these disciplines with an emphasis on the historical cataloging of how discoveries in genetics, aided by advances in technology, is leading to an era of integrated genomics, where gene structure is understood as cell function. The lynchpin to this integration is informatics.