The Genomic Sciences Training Program (GSTP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to train the New Biologists, enabling them to gain strengths bridging multiple disciplines needed for gaining an integrated approach to solving complex problems in genomics research. GSTP faculty trainers are in 14 different departments spanning physical, chemical, biological, and computational approaches. GSTP is supported by an institutional training grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (T32HG002760).
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has built on its core of genomic scientists, laying the foundation for GSTP, which educates and supports both predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. GSTP was further advanced by a cluster hiring initiative in the genomic sciences, which brought together outstanding faculty spanning across many disciplines. This effort was also synergized by the construction of a building dedicated to genomic science and genetics, designed to foster collaborations and to project a tangible presence on campus. Accordingly, our program is training the next generation of genomicists in multiple disciplines. These disciplines include chemistry, engineering, computer science, biostatistics, genetics, biochemistry, molecular medicine and systems biology.
Many of the GSTP faculty trainers are innovators in creating new technologies for advancing genomic analysis as well as pioneers in probing complex biological problems on a genomic level. The University has strengths across many of its departments and is one of the top universities in the country. It ranks sixth in the U.S. in research expenditure. UW-Madison has one of the largest university biological research communities, with over 700 faculty, 1,500 academic staff, 700 postdoctoral fellows, 2,500 graduate students, and tens of thousands of undergraduates. It is known for interactive and communicative exchanges among many departments, laying the foundation for a nurturing yet challenging intellectual environment in which to develop and pursue a research career.
The genomic sciences are defining the “New Biology” for this century. A key feature of this New Biology (Schwartz, Nat’l. Acad. Press 2004) is the acquisition and interpretation of staggeringly large data sets (implying high-throughput measurement) that are becoming increasingly multi-dimensional. A key challenge is to maintain clear biological focus on important problems in the face of increasingly complex experimental systems and the requirement for sophisticated means for their analysis. Clearly, we have an on-going paradigm shift in the way we think about biological problems and the way that we go about solving them. This thinking requires that universities must train the new biologists to operate within this new intellectual space.
Invention and Innovation: We are witnessing an important waypoint in the maturation of the genomic sciences. The current genomic landscape features very large, high dimensional data sets, generated by large-scale efforts in genome sequencing, transcriptional profiling, structural genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and the like. We derive rich biological and genetic insights from such data sets by both local and global considerations using analysis approaches that span from knowledgeable hunches to established pathways, or networks. However, significant and somewhat “complete” answers to important biological problems do not necessarily scale with the breadth and depth of relevant data sets, and often evade knowledgeable hypotheses generation.
Given the above, a critical mission for GSTP is training young scientists to innovate more effectively, in far reaching ways, perhaps to engender the next revolution built on contemporary, yet cutting- edge ideas drawn from the genomic sciences. Discoveries in human biology/genomics stem from innovation, but must also effectively touch the clinic. GSTP places special emphasis on supporting and training innovators who will create new tools, especially those who will blur the boundaries between experimental (instrumentation, devices, imaging, cell biology) and theoretical (statistics, computer science, mathematics) investigation through fine – grained integration, or invention. GSTP training also emphasize the role that invention plays in the genomic sciences and engages trainees to be active learners in their pursuit of understanding the process of invention as it relates to research efforts.
Apply for GSTP Traineeships: GSTP is recruiting pre- and postdoctoral trainees who will create the new paradigms in genomic sciences. Invention is the poetry of science featuring rigorous scientific thinking and technological innovation that combine to address grand challenges through unusually creative research endeavors. GSTP is seeking applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers pursuing projects featuring innovative thinking that will usher in new ways to conceive biological/genetic investigations through invention. Write firstname.lastname@example.org to request application materials and more information.
GSTP Seminar Series
Genotypic outcomes of the parasexual mating program in the yeast Candida albicans
Genomic Sciences Program Seminar Series
Thursdays, 4:45 p.m. (unless noted otherwise)
- Sept. 8
Shengdar Tsai, PhD, Assistant Member (St. Jude Faculty, Hematology; St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences), CRISPR Genome Editing Technologies for Therapeutics, Biotech Center Auditorium and hybrid, 3:30
- Sept. 15
- Sept. 22
Nathan Anderson, GSTP predoctoral fellow (Integrative Biology), Can We Identify Genomic Architectures of Adaptive Traits with Time Series Whole Genome Sequence Data?
- Sept. 29
NHGRI Genomic Innovator Seminar Series, Luca Pinello, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital; Karen Mohlke, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina), Playing Genomic Battleship with CRISPR technologies to Uncover Non-Coding Functional Elements and Their Phenotypic Effects, 2:00 pm remote
- Oct. 6
Timothy Reddy, PhD, Associate Professor (Biostatistics and Bioinformatics; Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University, 1:30 pm – Rescheduled
- Oct. 12 and 13
Matt Anderson, PhD, Associate Professor (Depts. of Microbiology; Microbial Infection and Immunity, Ohio State University), Genotypic outcomes of the parasexual mating program in the yeast Candida albicans (10/12, 3:30); Empowerment through Indigenous research and data management capacity (10/13, )
- Oct. 19
Catherine Bowes Rickman, Distinguished Prof. of Eye Research, (Duke University), Re-imagining complement-based therapies for AMD – Lessons from pre-clinical model, 3:30
- Oct. 27
Michael Jewett, PhD, Professor (Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern U.), Bioengineering beyond cells to enable a fair and sustainable 21st bio-century, 3:30
- Nov. 2
Maitreya Dunham, PhD, Professor (Dept. of Genome Science, Univ. Washington), Taking Yeast Experimental Evolution Out of the Lab and Into Classrooms and Breweries, 3:30
- Nov. 10
Kirstan Gimse, PhD, GSTP postdoctoral fellow (Wisconsin Inst. for Discovery), Transcriptomic profiling of the mouse hippocampus after intracerebral injection of Cas9 nanocapsule genome editors
- Nov. 17
Clayton Marcinak, MD, GSTP postdoctoral fellow (Dept. of Surgery), Title TBA
- Nov. 24
No seminar, Thanksgiving
- Dec. 1
Dana Pe’er, PhD, Chair and Professor (Computational and Systems Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Having Fun With Single Cell Biology; Beyond Clusters And Umaps, 1:30 pm
- Dec. 8
Lia Serrano, GSTP predoctoral fellow (Chemistry), Title TBA
- Sept. 8
David C. Schwartz (Departments of Chemistry and Genetics; Biotechnology Center);