University of Georgia
UGA is the oldest state-chartered institution of higher education in the United States. Spanning more than 750 acres on its main campus alone and employing almost 3,000 faculty members, UGA provides educational and research services to almost 35,000 individuals, including over 8,000 doctoral and professional students. With an annual budget in excess of $1.4 billion, annual externally sponsored research expenditures in excess of $200 million, and NIH awards totaling more than $40 million annually, UGA’s 17 colleges offer doctoral degrees in 96 areas spanning the liberal arts and humanities; business; journalism; public affairs; law, education, and social work; and include science-based colleges for veterinary medicine, ecology (the first stand-alone college of its type in the world), public health, pharmacy, engineering, and agriculture. The first cohort of medical students was admitted in 2010 to the Georgia Regents University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia)/UGA Medical Partnership, sharing the site of the former Navy Supply Corps School with UGA’s College of Public Health in Athens, GA. uga.edu.
Centers & Institutes
The Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute (BHSI) at the University of Georgia facilitates and promotes interdisciplinary research and instructional efforts throughout UGA. With divisions focusing on neuroscience, basic and translational biomedical science and the One Health initiative, researchers in the institute support graduate degree programs and cooperative research projects designed to solve the most fundamental problems in the fields of biomedical and health sciences. biomed.uga.edu.
The Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS) is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the research and development of nuclear analytical technology, including a premier analytical laboratory and technical training for radioisotope and stable isotope analytical techniques. The Center co-developed a Marine Lander Survey vehicle in 2012 and has 2 accelerators for the measurement of carbon isotopes by accelerator mass spectrometry. cais.uga.edu.
The Center for Drug Discovery (CDD) promotes fulfilling a critical national and international need for the research, discovery and development of new chemical and biological entities for combating a variety of existing and emerging life-threatening diseases for which the etiological agents are infectious viruses (e.g., HIV, HBV, HCV, avian influenza viruses, emerging DNA and RNA viruses) and infectious microbial agents (e.g., antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis). Other therapeutic areas such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and additional targets are also of interest to the CDD. cdd.rx.uga.edu.
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) was established in April 1993 with the mission of maintaining and improving the safety of foods through the development of methods that detect, control, or eliminate pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins. CFS is part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and is located on the Griffin Campus of the University of Georgia. Faculty conducts fundamental and applied research in food safety microbiology that benefits both the food industry and the consumer. CFS has strong collaborative ties with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and research groups at the Athens campus of the University of Georgia. http://www.caes.uga.edu/research/centers-institutes/center-for-food-safety.html.
The Center for Geospatial Research (CGR) promotes geographic thinking and the application of geospatial technologies in interdisciplinary research, education, and public service. We apply our history of expertise in remote sensing, photogrammetry, GIS, geovisualization, field surveys and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) image acquisition/analysis to uncover the spatial aspect in any research. Our internationally recognized work in natural and cultural resources, terrain analysis, and spatio-temporal modeling addresses critical and contemporary issues in human and environment relationships. Established in 1985 as the Laboratory for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (LRMS) and the Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS) in 1987, the CRMS changed its name to the Center for Geospatial Research (CGR) in 2012 to better reflect the current mission and future goals of the Center. www.cgr.uga.edu.
At the Center for Health and Risk Communication (CHRC) at the University of Georgia researchers are working to improve communication practices that address a broad catalogue of health and risk conditions ranging from breast cancer and diabetes to multiple sclerosis and sickle cell anemia to drinking water contamination arising from terrorist attack. It functions as an institutional, regional, and international contact point for UGA outreach in health and risk communication research, training, and service. chrc.uga.edu.
The Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) at the University of Georgia is working to better understand the molecular and cellular basis for human disease and translate this research into the discovery of new therapies, cures and diagnostic tools. The therapeutics being developed may be in the form of stem cell-based therapies, vaccines, new drugs, antibodies or protein pharmaceuticals. Research programs also focus on the identification of new biomarkers and other tools for clinical diagnostics, with direct application to a wide range of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and diabetes. cmm.uga.edu.
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides campus-wide leadership on matters relating to instruction. The CTL coordinates a wide variety of programs and activities, serving faculty, administrators, and graduate teaching assistants (TAs) in each of the University’s schools and colleges. CTL provides instructional grants, consultation services, faculty and TA development programs, publications, activities planning, and teaching resources and media services. In addition, it offers seminars, workshops, and conferences that address a wide range of topics throughout the year. ctl.uga.edu.
The Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases at the University of Georgia draws on a strong foundation of parasitology, immunology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics to develop medical and public health interventions for at-risk populations. Established in 1998, the center promotes international biomedical research and educational programs at UGA and throughout Georgia to address the parasitic and other tropical diseases that continue to threaten the health of people throughout the world. ctegd.uga.edu.
The Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU), located on the UGA Health Sciences Campus, was established in 2015 with the goal of supporting investigators who wish to conduct sponsored or pilot clinical and translational studies that advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of human diseases. For students and health sciences trainees, the unit provides opportunities to gain experience in clinical research and learn how laboratory discoveries are translated into improved patient outcomes. https://ctru.uga.edu/.
The Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC) at the University of Georgia was founded in 1985, and is one of only three centers worldwide dedicated to the study of complex carbohydrates, which play critical roles in cellular communication, gene expression, immunology, organism defense mechanisms, growth and development. The 140,000 square-foot facility is home to 17 interdisciplinary research groups, including four federally designated centers for carbohydrate research. In addition to UGA research projects, the center also provides analytical services and training to university, government and industrial scientists interested in complex carbohydrate molecules. ccrc.uga.edu.
The Developmental Biology Alliance at the University of Georgia is a novel mechanism based on partnerships with diverse units and research groups at UGA and across Georgia to advance common goals in supporting integrative and interdisciplinary research and undergraduate and graduate training programs in developmental biology. The Alliance works to further the study of development in all organisms and at all levels of life, representing and promoting communication among students of development, and promoting the field of developmental biology. devbio.uga.edu.
The Faculty of Infectious Diseases was created at the University of Georgia in 2007 to address existing and emerging infectious disease threats more effectively by integrating multidisciplinary research in animal, human and ecosystem health. Researchers from across the university focus on epidemiology, host-pathogen interactions, evolution of infectious diseases, disease surveillance and predictors and the development of countermeasures such as vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics. fid.uga.edu.
The Faculty of Robotics at the University of Georgia aims to significantly advance the fundamental science and engineering involved in robotics, facilitate diverse robotic applications with profound societal impact, and enhance the University’s prominence in the discipline of robotics by serving as a singular hub for research in robotics that brings together interested University faculty and students from a variety of disciplines. https://robotics.uga.edu/.
The Georgia Initiative for Climate and Society at the University of Georgia fosters a scientific community dedicated to improving our understanding of the complex processes and effects of climate change. As part of the initiative’s mission, members integrate research, outreach and instruction to provide the public with science-based information about climate variability and change, as well the tools needed to prepare for and respond to the challenges it may create. climateandsociety.uga.edu.
Georgia Sea Grant was established in 1971 at the University of Georgia by the National Sea Grant College Program to support productive and sustainable use of our coastal and marine resources. Georgia Sea Grant partners with UGA’s Marine Extension Service to create research, outreach and education programs that promote the economic, cultural and environmental health of Georgia’s coast. Both organizations encourage citizens throughout the state to become good stewards of coastal and watershed resources. georgiaseagrant.uga.edu.
The Global Health Institute at the University of Georgia seeks to identify best practices of health care throughout the world, to support their dissemination, adaption, and then their adoption throughout the world, in order to improve health care for all. CGH has 34 members from 6 different UGA colleges/ schools, 2 Centers, and 1 institute. Members range from Deans to Postdoctoral Researchers, and represent 74 different academic research areas. ghi.publichealth.uga.edu.
A catalyst for innovative, interdisciplinary creative projects, advanced research, and critical discourse in the arts, Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) nurtures creative applications of technologies, concepts, and practices found across disciplines. It is a collaborative network of faculty, students, and community members from all disciplines of the visual and performing arts in addition to other disciplines in the humanities and sciences. ICE enables all stages of creative activity, from concept and team formation through production, documentation, and dissemination of research. ice.uga.edu.
Innovation Gateway is the University of Georgia’s technology and commercialization office, incubator, and entrepreneurial assistance center. Conveniently located on UGA’s Athens campus, Innovation Gateway facilitates licensing and patents for the discoveries of UGA students, faculty, and staff in the fields of medicine, agriculture, bioinformatics and environmental science, and also enables start-ups to accelerate the commercialization of those discoveries. research.uga.edu/gateway.
The Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB) at the University of Georgia facilitates interactions and research collaborations between experimental biologists, technologists and computational/mathematical scientists to solve complex biological problems. Team members are actively conduct bioinformatics research on genomics, plant genomics, microbial genomics, biomedicine and cancer, pharmaceuticals, glycobiology and statistical sciences. The institute is also responsible for the computing support for campus-wide bioinformatics research at UGA. iob.uga.edu
Experts at the Institute for Disaster Management at the University of Georgia are internationally recognized in fields such as emergency management, weapons of mass destruction, disaster modeling, and public health. They work with state and federal organizations to develop a coordinated research and training program for standardized mass casualty healthcare nationwide. The mission is to reduce the casualties and social disruption from planned events and natural disasters through engagement in planning, mitigation, risk analysis, professional training, and the development of response capabilities and infrastructure. publichealth.uga.edu/dman.
The New Materials Institute (NMI) at the University of Georgia was established in 2016 in order to bring together researchers and industry partners to develop products and technologies based on green engineering principles that can eliminate persistent materials in the environment. With a focus on circular materials management, faculty in UGA’s NMI are developing new biodegradable polymers and additives, advanced fibers, and durable coatings based on different chemical feedstocks where end-of-life is at the core of product design. www.newmaterials.uga.edu.
The UGA Obesity Initiative addresses the growing epidemic of adult and childhood obesity and its related diseases. UGA combines instruction and research activities with its public service and outreach components to develop obesity prevention and treatment programs that interested Georgia communities, employers and health care providers can implement to improve the health of Georgia’s citizens and decrease the cost of health care in the state. obesity.uga.edu.
The William A and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR) at the University of Georgia supports the research of over 66 behavioral scientists and students who study complex social and behavioral questions in the arenas of health, family, education, culture and decision-making. The researchers are working to address significant problem areas such as substance abuse, sexual risk behavior, alcohol use in children, care for the elderly, violence against women and child abuse. oibr.uga.edu
Centers of Excellence
- Center for Research on Behavioral Health and Human Services Delivery (BHHSD)
- Center for Family Research (CFR)
- Center for Integrative Conservation Research (CICR)
- The Center for Gene-Social Environment Transactions (C-GSET)
- The Center for Contextual Genetics and Prevention Science (CGAPS)
- The Center for Gambling Research (CGR)
The Plant Center at the University of Georgia enhances the tradition of outstanding research in plant molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and genomics to sustainably meet the food, feed, fiber and fuel needs of an ever-increasing population. The center promotes interaction among UGA researchers to support agriculture in Georgia and beyond. Researchers focus particularly on the growth, development and behavior of plants; the organization, evolution and function of plant genomes; and the improvement of plants for agricultural and industrial uses. plantcenter.uga.edu.
The Program Evaluation Group (PEG) in the University of Georgia’s College of Education conducts program evaluations and research studies for government and education agencies and institutions, community organizations, and private enterprises at the local, state, national, and international levels.
PEG provides expertise in the design and implementation of evaluation and research projects ranging from large, multi-site, multi-method evaluations to small, local assessments of education and community programs. PEG provides a full range of evaluation services from conducting needs assessments and creating logic models to producing reports and presentations of formative and summative findings for diverse stakeholders and policymakers. coe.uga.edu/peg.
The Regenerative Bioscience Center (RBC) at the University of Georgia focuses on using human stem cells for restoring damaged tissues throughout the body and speeding the discovery of new compounds, therapies and drug discovery tools to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers are also developing large animal models for stroke research and rapid bone regeneration models for wounded soldiers. rbc.uga.edu.
The River Basin Center (RBC) of the University of Georgia works to produce and disseminate the knowledge and tools for sustainable management of aquatic resources and ecosystems through applied scientific and policy research, and by training the next generation of managers and researchers. Its affiliate faculty are drawn from across the university and it is known for an interdisciplinary approach to challenging environmental and social problems. rivercenter.uga.edu.
The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), founded in 1951, is located on the Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy facility near Aiken, SC. Scientists here pursue a wide variety of basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems, designed to provide sound science for decision-making and environmental stewardship. The lab also provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research training, and service to the community through environmental outreach. srel.uga.edu.
The University of Georgia Cancer Center is composed of more than 40 teams of researchers from across campus working to discover new drug targets, develop diagnostic tests, create cancer vaccines, and educate the public through about cancer treatment and prevention. The center is also committed to educating undergraduate and graduate-level students who will become the next generation of cancer researchers and physicians. cancercenter.uga.edu.
The University of Georgia Marine Institute at Sapelo Island (UGAMI), founded in 1953, has been a center of near-shore ecological research on salt-marsh dominated coastal ecosystems since its inception. UGAMI supports ongoing research by resident and visiting researchers in a broad range of disciplines, and also provides access and facilities for college classes to experience field research and gain an appreciation of the Georgia coast. ugami.uga.edu.
The Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia promotes research and creativity in the humanities and arts through sponsorship of numerous public events on and off the UGA campus throughout the academic year. It supports faculty through research grants, lectures, symposia, publications, visiting scholars, visiting artists, collaborative instruction, public conferences, exhibitions and performances. willson.uga.edu.
Core Research Facilities
The BFF provides animal cell culture, fermentation, high-containment services, molecular biology, monoclonal antibodies, peptide synthesis, process development, and purification to UGA, other academic researchers and industry. The state-of-the-art facility includes fermentation equipment from 750mL to 750L; downstream processing equipment including homogenization (12k psi), TFF (10 m2) & hollow fiber (up to 12 m2); preparative & analytical HPLC; low pressure chromatography (up to 3 L/min.); an array of chromatography equipment for projects (up to 25L packed column); and shelf lyophilizers (purified proteins only). bff.uga.edu.
The BIRC is a multi-imaging research suite designed to provide a full range of biological tissue imaging technologies to multiple biomedical investigators, their students, and other researchers. The facility houses a GE 16-channel fixed-site Signa HDx 3.0 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) magnet with MRI, fMRI, MRS, MRA, DWI and DTI capabilities; a CTF Omega Whole-cortex magnetoencephalography system with 143 channel MEG and 32 channel EEG, all enclosed in a state-of-the-art magnetically shielded room; an EGI Geodesic System 200 Electroencephalography system with 256-channel head capabilities; and a 7T Varian Magnex 7-Tesla 210mm horizontal bore MRI/MRS system with 44 gauss/cm gradient field strength, multiple volume coils for imaging mice and rats. Advanced MRI and MRS techniques are available for non-invasive morphological, physiological, and biochemical and spectroscopic measurement. birc.uga.edu.
The BFF provides animal cell culture, fermentation, high-containment services, molecular biology, monoclonal antibodies, peptide synthesis, process development, and purification to UGA, other academic researchers and industry. The state-of-the-art facility includes fermentation equipment from 750mL to 750L; downstream processing equipment including homogenization (12k psi), TFF (10 m2) & hollow fiber (up to 12 m2); preparative & analytical HPLC; low pressure chromatography (up to 3 L/min.); an array of chromatography equipment for projects (up to 25L packed column); and shelf lyophilizers (purified proteins only). bmc.uga.edu.
The Complex Carbohydrate Research Center offers Analytical Services and Training to universities, research institutes and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies interested in analysis, structural elucidation and validation of polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and glycolipids. The Analytical Service Team offers both routine services and in-depth full structural characterization of samples derived from plant, animal or bacteria, or produced through cell culture. ast.uga.edu.
Located at UGA’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, this facility is used to determine molecular structures of carbohydrates and proteins and to investigate the structural and dynamical basis of protein-carbohydrate interactions. It consists of seven high-field Agilent spectrometers (a 300 MHz, 500 MHz (wide bore), 600 MHz, 800 MHz (NMR regional facility equipment with flow cell option), and 900 MHz (Southeast Collaboratory high-field biomolecular) spectrometers. Standard laboratory facilities and supplies are available for sample preparation. SUN and PC workstations running Felix (MSI), VNMR and NMRPipe are available for data processing. Data storage to CD, DVD or 4mm DAT tape is available on site. ccrc.uga.edu/~ccrcnmr/nmrfacility.html.
The Comparative Pathology Laboratory is dedicated to providing expert diagnostic and research pathology (biopsy and necropsy) services to investigators using laboratory animals in their research projects. It offers diagnostic pathology research services in many areas of expertise—including avian pathology, laboratory animal comparative pathology, infectious diseases, wildlife and zoological pathology. The laboratory is directed by a Ph.D./DVM diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. vet.uga.edu/vpp/labs/comparative-pathology.
The CTEGD Flow Cytometry Facility provides UGA researchers and others across the scientific community with access to state-of-the-art flow cytometry analyzers, including a Luminex multiplexing instrument and a flow cytometry cell sorter. The facility, co-located with UGA’s Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, also provides expert advice and consultation for the design and analysis of flow experiments and educates researchers at all levels of expertise in the understanding of the concept and operation of flow cytometry equipment and the correct interpretation of flow data. ctegdcytometry.uga.edu.
The Electron Microscopy Laboratory offers electron microscopy and related services to the veterinary and medical professions. A complete range of conventional preparative services are offered, allowing investigators to submit fresh or fixed tissues and receive representative study prints in digital format or from scanned negatives. Special services include direct negative staining, immuno electron microscopy, and immunocytochemistry. vet.uga.edu/vpp/labs/electron-microscopy.
The Georgia Advanced Computing Resource Center (GACRC) provides high-performance computing hardware and network infrastructure, as well as consulting and training services in support of world-class research computing and communications resources for UGA researchers. Located in UGA’s Boyd Data Center (BDC), the GACRC has a fulltime staff of six systems administrators and scientific computing consultants specializing in Linux/UNIX system administration, storage administration, and scientific computing consultation. The primary computational resource is a 2600 compute-core Linux cluster which, in addition to conventional compute nodes, has several large memory and GPU specific nodes. High-performance storage for the Linux cluster is provided for users’ home directories and temporary scratch space. Slower storage resources are available for long-term archival needs. Expandable access to Internet2, Southern Light Rail and National Lambda Rail networks are also available. The GACRC provides better than 99.99% uptime to its users of computing and storage resources and serves over 150 principal investigators and over 450 total users. gacrc.uga.edu.
Georgia Electron Microscopy (GEM) offers services within and outside UGA to biological, biomedical sciences, plant biology, geology, chemistry, textiles, archaeology, agriculture, physics, and nanotechnology/materials analysis. GEM provides a unique medley of state-of-the-art equipment, a highly competent technical staff, and a broad education mission. Instrumentation includes a Leica SP5 confocal/multi-photon microscope, FEI Technai 20 TEM, SPI module sputter coater, Tousimis critical point dryer, ultramicrotomes, Zeiss 1450 EP SEM, Leica SP2 spectral confocal microscope, and light microscopes. gem.uga.edu/.
The Georgia Genomics Facility (GGF) is a core sequencing and genotyping laboratory whose sequencing services include single tube and 96-well plate based capillary (Sanger) sequencing, as well as Next Generation DNA Sequencing (Illumina, 454, Ion Torrent). Genotyping services include capillary fragment analyses (e.g., microsatellite DNA) and multiple platforms for SNP genotyping (BeadXpress, Open Array, and high resolution melt curves via realtime PCR). Real-time PCR services for gene expression and SNP genotyping studies are available using a Roche 480 Lightcycler. dna.uga.edu.
The Integrated Bioscience and Nanotechnology Cleanroom includes a 2,200-square-foot (Phase I) Class 100/1,000 multidisciplinary, nanotechnology-focused fabrication, characterization, and manipulation facility and a 1,000-square-foot (Phase II) Class 10,000 bio-cleanroom part. This campus-wide shared facility can also be accessed by users outside UGA. cleanroom.uga.edu.
Proteomic and Mass Spectrometry Facility services include Electrospray (ESI), GC-MS, LC-MS, FT-MS, MALDI, high resolution (FT-MS) EI direct probe, and high resolution (FT-MS) ESI. For example, the facility is equipped with an ABI 4700 Proteomics Analyzer (MALDI/TOF-TOF) mass spectrometer for performing matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) TOF analysis and is also capable of doing MALDI M-MS analysis. This instrument is made for high-performance analysis of tryptic digests and looking at peptide fingerprints (trypsin digests of proteins). pams.uga.edu.
Research and Training
The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. Its motto, “to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things,” reflects the University’s integral and unique role in the conservation and enhancement of the state’s and nation’s intellectual, cultural, and environmental heritage.
With its statewide mission and core characteristics, the University of Georgia endeavors to prepare the University community and the state for full participation in the global society of the twenty-first century. Through its programs and practices, it seeks to foster the understanding of and respect for cultural differences necessary for an enlightened and educated citizenry. It further provides for cultural, ethnic, gender, and racial diversity in the faculty, staff, and student body. The University is committed to preparing the University community to appreciate the critical importance of a quality environment to an interdependent global society.
As a comprehensive land-grant and sea-grant institution, the University of Georgia offers baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, agricultural and environmental sciences, business, ecology, engineering, environmental design, family and consumer sciences, forest resources, journalism and mass communication, education, law, pharmacy, public health, social work, and veterinary medicine. The university is also home to the Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership.
To succeed, students in the 21st century must be able to tackle real-world problems and use critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve multifaceted problems that do not have simple solutions. A growing body of research demonstrates that experiential learning enhances student learning, success in the classroom, on-time graduation, and transition to the workforce. Thus, the University of Georgia will require all undergraduate students to engage in hands-on, experiential learning within a domestic or global setting as a graduation requirement. Many UGA students already engage in experiential learning, and ensuring that all students do so prior to graduation will take the world-class learning experience that UGA provides to an even higher level. The Experiential Learning Requirement will be effective for incoming first-year students as soon as all individual school and college plans are approved, no earlier than fall 2016.
CURO offers UGA undergraduates the opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored research regardless of discipline, major or GPA – even students in their first year. CURO programming supports students in identifying and selecting opportunities, choosing a mentor, and presenting and publishing their work. In 2014-15, 488 unique students completed 704 CURO courses with 302 faculty members from 83 academic departments.
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) provides a leadership program for University of Georgia students interested in earning a commission and entering the active duty Air Force, as an officer, after completing a bachelor’s degree. AFROTC instructs students in military heritage, the development of air and space power, military ethics, drill and ceremonies, communication, human relations, and leadership theory and techniques. The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) offers students an opportunity to diversify their college curriculum by providing military science courses that prepare them with tools, training and experience to help them succeed in any competitive environment. During classes and field training, students learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions as an officer in the Army.
UGA is strongly committed to enhancing diversity at all university levels, and has made major strides in recruiting and successfully graduating students belonging to historically underrepresented groups, including racial and ethnic minorities and students with disabilities. UGA’s Office of Institutional Diversity provides institutional leadership to the focused effort to enhance and maintain a diverse and inclusive environment for learning, teaching, research and service at UGA. UGA is also home to the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, an NSF-sponsored collaborative effort sustained by a coalition of seven colleges and universities in Georgia to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minority students statewide who complete undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. LSAMP seeks to accomplish this goal through the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated series of recruitment and retention initiatives that address key transition points from undergraduate recruitment through preparation for graduate school.
Current Training Grants
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The University of Georgia (UGA) currently has a PREP R25 grant (3/2014-12/2017) from NIH NIGMS to provide post-baccalaureate training in infectious diseases research. The UGA PREP draws on UGA’s remarkable strength in infectious diseases research, as well as strong graduate programs in several of its biology-related departments and mathematics, to provide intensive research experiences for eight underrepresented minority and disabled trainees each year. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 33 faculty drawn from the UGA Faculty of Infectious Diseases, who belong to the departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Mathematics, Microbiology, and Population Health, have incorporated UGA PREP trainees into their laboratories, providing a unique, structured and mentored one-year research experience.
UGA has a T32 Genetics Training Program grant from NIH (ends 6/2017). The mission of the Genetics Training Program in the broadest sense is to train Ph.D. students that will be able to become successful life scientists who can work as independent researchers and educators in academic or industrial jobs. More specifically, the training program seeks to achieve exceptional quality and breadth of education for its students in the field of genetics. An individual trainee’s research may or may not be focused in one particular field, but all trainees will receive extensive exposure to three broad realms of modern genetics: “molecular” genetics (typically, interactions of genes and gene products within or between cells), “evolutionary” genetics (including population and quantitative genetics, as well as phylogenetics) and genomics (bioinformatics and genome structure or evolution). A key objective of the program is to produce junior scientists capable of utilizing all three of these realms in their future work. All trainees will also be required to participate in at least one semester of teaching genetics. Experience at instruction is considered a crucial component of training as a high percentage of trainees will go on to careers involving some level of teaching.
UGA also has a T32 Glycoscience Training Program (GTP) grant from NIH (7/2014-6/2019), supporting CHEM and BCMB graduate students. This T32 program has allowed us to develop a Chemistry/Biology interface program and provide a blueprint of predoctoral training in Glycoscience. The 17 training faculty of the Glycoscience Training Program (GTP) have primary and secondary appointments in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Chemistry departments, which are part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The mission of the program is to train predoctoral students rigorously and broadly in Glycoscience by integrating both chemical and biological approaches. In addition, emphasis is placed on recruiting students from under-represented minorities, bioethics training, and developing students’ writing and communication skills.
A third NIH T32 training grant at UGA focuses on Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases (9/2015-8/2020). This program trains graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to become independent research scientists who study parasitic diseases in the context of global health. The program’s research seeks fundamental insights into protozoan and helminth parasites and their interaction with their mammalian hosts and invertebrate vectors. It combines cutting-edge bench and field science with perspectives on the global challenges and opportunities for the control and elimination of parasitic diseases. These perspectives are grounded in firsthand experience by trainers and collaborators around the world. Every year protozoan and helminth parasitic diseases of humans are responsible for more than a million deaths, many millions more cases of severe morbidity, and hundreds of millions of cases of subtle morbidity due to chronic infections. UGA is uniquely positioned as a training ground for the next generation of parasitology/tropical diseases researchers. UGA is home to perhaps the largest number of parasitology research laboratories in the US that collectively cover the full gamut of parasitic diseases. We believe that the breadth and culture of our program instills trainees with the ability to translate basic scientific findings into tool development and the implementation of interventions, and fosters their ability to identify and formulate a fundamental research question out of the context of parasitic disease itself. The program has further grown and flourished. Significant institutional commitment for breadth-enhancing capstone experiences, a match for trainee lines, a reorganized innovative graduate recruitment umbrella, and new diversity initiatives further strengthen this highly successful training program.
UGA has an NSF Research Traineeship NRT award that focuses on Infectious Diseases: “Infectious Disease Ecology Across Scales: from Byte to Benchtop to Biosphere” (“IDEAS”) (9/2015-8/2020). This program seeks to change the way graduate students are trained in infectious diseases at UGA and nationally, introducing a new and lasting paradigm for integrative graduate training and teaching. The computational focus of the IDEAS curriculum is providing a new generation of scientists with practical tools that will help drive innovation in infectious disease research. Importantly, this computational theme reaches a broad student audience across the UGA campus, enhancing quantitative training in units where these skills are not typically emphasized. More generally, core elements of IDEAS are designed to bring together NRT-funded trainees with students from across campus maximizing the scope, reach, and impact of the training activities at UGA. IDEAS will train 30 PhD students as core trainees over a 5-year period, but the new integrative courses and computational workshops are open to students across campus.
The Population Biology of Infectious Diseases REU Site at the University of Georgia (2/2017-1/2022) is a nine-week NSF-funded program to provide students from across the country with research experiences at the intersections of quantitative and experimental studies in infectious disease biology. The goal of this program is to catalyze a new generation of inter-disciplinary infectious disease science by introducing life science students to computational and mathematical techniques and to provide students in mathematics, statistics, and computer science opportunities to collaborate with life scientists, to collect and analyze data, and to develop empirically-motivated research. Students may develop projects that emphasize experimentation, computational or mathematical modeling, or a synthesis project combining empirical research and modeling.
UGA has a Fogarty International training grant on Computation and Bioinformatics from NIH (6/2015-5/2020). The epidemics of tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV) infection converge with the greatest intensity in Sub-Saharan Africa where both the incidence and the prevalence of TB increased as the HIV epidemic swept through the continent. In Africa today, TB may affect up to 30% of co-infected persons and is the leading cause of death among HIV seropositive persons. Although proper treatment of both infections may limit morbidity and mortality of the co-infection, treatment may not alter the underlying dynamics of the HIV and TB epidemics, so new approaches are needed that target transmission and prevent infection in the first place. The overall goal of the proposed training program is to build sustainable capacity at Makerere University in molecular and computational epidemiology by training Ugandan scientists in these new and emerging methods so that they may be applied to study the complex and interacting transmission dynamics of HIV and M. tuberculosis in Kampala. The program will achieve its goal by training 2 pre-doctoral students in molecular or computational epidemiology, 2 post-doctoral trainees, and 5 non-degree trainees in technical skills relating to computational epidemiology and bioinformatics. To supplement this training based at UGA, the program will put on a series of short courses in Uganda relating to network sciences and their application in Epidemiology, molecular biology and bioinformatics. The proposed training program builds on the 25-year collaboration between the Ugandans and the PD and extends the five-year collaboration between Makerere University and the University of Georgia on HIV and TB. The training will be embedded and integrated into ongoing, research projects designed to examine transmission patterns of M. tuberculosis within social networks in the context of a mature HIV epidemic. The program will be directed by Dr. Christopher Whalen, at UGA, with a co-director Dr. Moses Joloba at Makerere University.