Sciences Training Program
Director: David C. Schwartz, PhD
Kellett Professor of Chemistry & Genetics
Coordinator: Louise Pape, PhD
The Genomic Sciences Training Program at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison aims to train the New Biologists, enabling
them to gain strengths bridging multiple disciplines needed
for an integrated approach to solving complex problems in
genomics research. GSTP faculty trainers are in 14 different
departments spanning physical, chemical, biological, and computational
approaches. GSTP is supported by an institutional training
grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (T32HG002760).
University of Wisconsin-Madison has built on its core of genomic
scientists in recent years and developed the Genomic Sciences
Training Program for both predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows
covering broad aspects of investigations into genomic science.
A cluster hiring initiative in Genomic Science was recently
completed and brought together outstanding faculty from a
span of disciplines. A new building dedicated to genomic science
and genetics was completed summer 2004, designed to foster
collaborations and to project a tangible presence on campus.
This program is training the next generation of genomicists
in multiple disciplines. These disciplines include chemistry,
engineering, computer science, biostatistics, genetics, biochemistry,
molecular medicine and molecular biology.
The genomic sciences
are defining the "New Biology" for this century.
A key feature of this New Biology (Schwartz,
Nat'l. Acad. Press 2004) is the acquisition and interpretation
of staggeringly large data sets (implying high-throughput)
that are becoming increasingly multi-dimensional. A key challenge
is to maintain clear biological focus on important problems
in the face of increasingly complex experimental systems and
the requirement for sophisticated means for their analysis
(Collins et al., Nature 422: 835, 2003). Clearly,
we have a paradigm shift in the way we think about biological
problems and the way that we go about solving them. This thinking
requires that universities must train the new biologists to
operate within this new intellectual space.
Many of the GSTP faculty
are innovators in creating new technologies for advancing
genomic analysis as well as pioneers in probing complex biological
problems on a genomic level. The University has strengths
across many of its departments and is one of the top universities
in the country. It ranks first in the U.S. among public universities
in the amount of research and development funds received from
all sources, and first in the U.S. among all universities
in the amount of funds received from non-military sources.
UW-Madison has one of the largest university biological research
communities, with over 700 faculty, 1,500 academic staff,
700 postdoctoral fellows, 2,500 graduate students, and tens
of thousands of undergraduates. It is known for interactive
and communicative exchanges among many departments, laying
the foundation for a nurturing yet challenging intellectual
environment in which to develop and pursue a research career.