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Welcome to the W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research. These are exciting times at the University of Memphis. Celebrating 100 years in 2012, the University of Memphis has become one of America’s great metropolitan universities attracting the brightest, most motivated scientist and researchers to the Memphis area. Today the University continues develop and strengthen research activities in the areas of science, mathematics and engineering offering support of the biotechnology industry and world class biomedical research institutions of this city. Thanks in part to the university commitment to research, coupled with the imagination and financial support of one of community’s strongest scientific leaders, Dr. W. Harry Feinstone, has provided a broad technological based umbrella under which to further strengthen the research enterprise of the university.

The purpose of the Center is to foster research and education in the area of genomic research, particularly functional genomics, providing a focal point for these activities within the University of Memphis and the Memphis scientific community. Now that the complete genome sequences of humans, mice and several additional model organisms have been determined, a shift in emphasis is occurring from the physical and chemical structure of the genome to the biological function of the information encoded by the genome. Functional genomics involves the study global genome-wide or “system-wide” function. Currently, a major focus of this research is to define the influence of both genetic and environmental factors on gene expression, towards the goal of understanding the anatomy of the genome and the functions associated with sets of genetic information.


A number of emerging technologies such as high density gene microarrays (genechips) and high throughput Next Generation sequencing (NGS) have revolutionized the way we define public health problems and characterize basic biological processes by making it possible for the simultaneous monitoring of thousands of parameters at the level of the gene and its products. These new technologies are helping scientists to redefine infectious and chronic diseases, ageing and responses to environmental pollutants and drugs, in terms of complex integrated pathways. These same technologies are providing rapid advances in the areas of agriculture and evolutionary biology.


Since its inception in 1999, the W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research has evolved into a major research and educational Center supporting numerous faculty and programs across the University of Memphis as well as regional and national research communities. The Center has become a hub for collaborative research, high-tech equipment and unique educational programs.

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