Genomics is the study of all the genes in an organism and how these genes work together to produce an organism and all its functions. It is an umbrella term that encompasses many subdisciplines including bioinformatics, proteomics, glycomics, metabolomics, systems biology and synthetic biology. Genomics is a suite of methods and a perspective that will permeate all areas of medicine and biology for the next century.
The James G. Martin Genomics Program at Davidson introduces students to an interdisciplinary field that uses biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. No one person can excel in all these areas, but we encourage students to be cross-trained in more than one area. You can incorporate genomics courses into any major or concentration to fulfull graduation requrements. Students majoring in a wide variety of areas such as English, economics, political science, physics, chemistry, or math have all thrived in the context of a liberal arts education with an emphasis on student-centered learning.
Genomics program alumni have won many scholarships, including Fulbright, National Science Foundation, Goldwater, Watson, Smith, and USA-Australia, and have enrolled in outstanding graduate programs, including those at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at San Francisco, National Institutes of Health at Cambridge, Northwestern University, Washington University, University of Washington, and University of California at San Diego, among others. Alumni also have gone on to medical schools, including University of Chicago, Harvard University, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, Ohio State, State University of New York, and allied programs such as veterinary medicine, dentistry, public health, physician assistant, nursing, perfusion technology, etc. Other genomics alumni have chosen to pursue careers directly, working in biotech institutions such as GlaxoSmithKline, Genentech, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, or working as lab technicians in research labs around the country. In short, genomics students get to pursue their diverse interests and are well prepared to succeed after Davidson.