Cornell Institute for Nutritional Genomics
The Graduate Field of Nutrition recently launched a training program in Nutritional Genomics. This genomics training program is distinguished by the recent formation of the university wide Graduate Field of Genomics in 2005. The genomics minor graduate field is intended to provide both broad and specific training in the rapidly evolving area of genomics. Two required core courses provide overviews of genomic approaches and underlying technologies. A series of one-credit modules is offered that targets specific areas relevant to genomics, such as large-scale gene expression analysis, genome modulation, bioinformatics, proteomics, gene/trait mapping, transgenesis, and model organisms. Certain existing courses will qualify towards the minor requirement of three modules. In some cases, one of the two required core courses will be waived in consideration of the applicants experience and major field coursework. This minor has generated tremendous interest in all biological and physical science programs and will be required of all students taking the concentration in Nutritional Genomics. Additionally, two courses that apply genomics to the Nutritional Sciences have been developed. Professor Stover developed NS/BioAP 475 Mechanisms Underlying Mammalian Birth Defects with Professor Drew Noden, an embryologist in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
This course explores the interaction of environmental factors and maternal/fetal genetics during normal and abnormal embryonic development with a strong emphasis on maternal nutrition and placental function. Professor Paul Soloway teaches a course, NS/BioGD 608 Epigenetics that examines the relationships among diet, metabolism, DNA and protein methylation and gene expression during development. We anticipate that new faculty hires will teach additional courses at the genomics/nutrition interface.