Human Genetics

The Department of Human Genetics focuses on the study of basic principles of genetics and genomics as applied to human disease. Using both experimental models and population-based approaches, the Department has ongoing programs of research in experimental genomics, statistical and population-based genetics, bioinformatics, and translational research.  The Department is dedicated to work on common diseases with high prevalence in south Texas, including diabetes, obesity, and fatty liver disease.  Research examines the application of basic genetic principles and strategies in studying disease mechanisms, disease susceptibility, and gene-environment interactions. A large portion of the Department’s research is conducted through the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI), a comprehensive interdisciplinary Institute within the School of Medicine, which has enjoyed sustained extramural funding for many years.