Thank you for taking the time to visit the Genomic Medicine Ph.D. program in the Medical College at the Augusta University. The recent genomic revolution has created unparalleled opportunities for biomedical research including the studies of mechanism of diseases, monitoring of disease progression, evaluation of effective therapies and new drug development. The availability of genomic information will fundamentally change how medicine will be practiced in the future with major changes (paradigm shifts) occurring in all areas of medicine. Future medical care will emphasize disease prediction, prevention and the delivery of personalized medicine. To understand the complex nature of a biological problem, future researchers must be able to approach biomedical and clinical problems using integrated methodologies as well as develop critical thinking skills.
To address this issue, our graduate program trains students at the interface of several disciplines to prepare them for the challenges of modern biology and medicine. The goal of the core curriculum is to provide a fundamental foundation in genetics, genomics, proteomics, statistics and computational biology. The students use these technologies to address leading edge questions that take advantage of genomic information now available for humans and model organisms. The program emphasizes an extensive research experience within an interdisciplinary and state-of-the-art research environment. The curriculum integrates knowledge and experience from diverse disciplines to develop the breadth necessary for students to approach problems in biomedical science. This integrated background ensures that our graduates will have the breadth of knowledge necessary to create new knowledge and be competitive for positions in biomedical research in universities, medical schools, government agencies, and industry.