(Approved by the Board of Regents, 1991)
The Center for Molecular and Human Genetics encourages and fosters interdepartmental collaborations to provide: (1) outstanding and integrated genetics programs in research, teaching, and clinical service; and (2) genetics education throughout the community.
Genetic factors play a major role in essentially all diseases, including cancer, diabetes, neurological and cardiovascular disorders. The Center contributes to basic, translational and clinical research in genetics that is advancing the development of precise diagnoses and effective therapies. Research interests of the members cover areas such as gene structure and expression, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, gene therapy, and genomic variation.
Education programs in genetics and genomics are also a major focus of the Center. Additionally, the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment are provided through the Center’s clinical services. The Center provides a cohesive framework that facilitates communication between basic scientists and clinicians leading to excellent research, training, and clinical programs in genetics.
Two major components of the Center of Molecular and Human Genetics are the LSUHSC-NO Department of Genetics and the LSUHSC-NO Gene Therapy Program.