Human and Molecular Genetics Center
Howard Jacob, PhD, Warren P. Knowles, Professor in Human and Molecular Genetics, Professor of Physiology and Pediatrics, and Vice Chair of Research for Pediatrics, is Director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center.
The Human and Molecular Genetics Center (HMGC) develops the critical research expertise, infrastructure and knowledge required for The Medical College of Wisconsin to be a leader in genomics.
The HMGC enables researchers and clinicians at the Medical College to use the genomic sequence to understand disease, improve diagnosis and ultimately improve treatment of patients in affiliated hospitals.
The HMGC comprises 30 faculty across eight departments (Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy; Dermatology; Medicine; Pediatrics; Physiology; Ob/Gyn; Population Health and Surgery). The HMGC would rank in the top 12 genetics departments in the United States in terms of annual National Institutes of Health competitive funding if the HMGC were a department.
There are 11 programmatic areas within the Human and Molecular Genetics Center:
- Translational and Clinical Genetics
- Cancer Genetics
- Developmental Genetics
- Individualized Medicine Institute
- Microarray/Expression Profiling
- Pediatric Genetics
- Statistical Genetics
Faculty in the HMGC are key collaborators in the Wisconsin Center of Excellence in Genomics Science (CEGS), a joint effort among The Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University, which is coordinated by The Medical College of Wisconsin and based in the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The federal program assembles interdisciplinary research teams around the nation to develop novel technologies that significantly advance genomic research.