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Medical and Molecular Genetics

Graduate Faculty
Special Program Requirements
Master of Science Degree
Doctor of Philosophy Degree

School of Medicine

Associate Professor Gail H. Vance (acting)

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Graduate Faculty

Distinguished Professors
P. Michael Conneally (Neurology), Bernardino Ghetti (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology)

David Bixler (Emeritus, Oral Facial Genetics), Ira Brandt (Emeritus, Pediatrics), Joe Christian (Emeritus), Mary Dinauer (Pediatrics), Howard Edenberg (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Alan Golichowski* (Medicine), James Hartsfield, Jr. (Oral Facial Genetics), M. E. Hodes (Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), Thomas Kaufman (Biology), John Nurnberger, Jr. (Psychiatry), Catherine Palmer (Emeritus), Terry Reed, Richard Rose (Emeritus, Psychology), Herman Saatkamp, Jr. (Philosophy), William Schneider (Liberal Arts), David D. Weaver, David A. Williams (Pediatrics)

Associate Professors
Kenneth Cornetta* (Medicine), Tatiana M. Foroud, Bryan Hainline* (Pediatrics), Robert Hromas (Medicine), Debomoy Lahiri (Neurobiology), Gail Vance

Assistant Professor
Yan Chen*

Clinical Associate Professor
Kimberly Quaid (Psychiatry)

Clinical Assistant Professors
Wilfredo Torres-Martinez,* Virginia Thurston,* Frederick Unverzagt* (Psychiatry)

Assistant Scientist
Stephen Dlouhy

Graduate Advisor
Professor Terry Reed, Medical Research and Library Building 130, (317) 274-2241

Degrees Offered
Master of Science in Medical Genetics and Doctor of Philosophy

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Special Program Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements
Bachelorís degree or its equivalent, including two years of chemistry, mathematics through calculus, two years of biology, and one course in principles of genetics. Promising students deficient in one or more areas may be accepted if it appears to the admissions committee that deficiencies can be removed during graduate study. Results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test must be available before applicants can be considered for admission.

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Master of Science Degree

Course Requirements
A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved courses, including no more than 7 credit hours of research. At least 20 credit hours must be taken in medical genetics or approved equivalents, including at least four of the following five areas with grades of B or better: basic human genetics, clinical genetics, cytogenetics, molecular and biochemical genetics, and population genetics.

Optional. With approval of the department, a refereed publication or an additional 6 credit hours of nonresearch course work beyond the required 30 credit hours may be substituted for the thesis. For students who plan ultimately to take the certification examination of the American Board of Genetic Counseling, a more structured plan of study fulfilling the required 30 or 36 credit hours is available.

Final Examination
The student must pass a comprehensive oral or written examination as determined by the studentís committee. Under exceptional circumstances, the student may petition the committee to be permitted to take the final examination one additional time.

Program Termination
Academic or research deficiency will result in termination of the studentís enrollment in the program.

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Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Course Requirements
A total of 90 credit hours plus dissertation with 37 credit hours of nonresearch courses in medical genetics, including G504 or equivalent. Appropriate courses in the Departments of Anatomy, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Biology on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses may be accepted for credit toward the major with prior approval of the studentís advisory committee. Up to 30 credit hours of nonclinical medical or dental courses may apply toward the Ph.D. degree.

Must be taken in a field related to the major, e.g., anthropology, applied statistics, biochemistry, biology, cellular and molecular biology, immunology, life science, microbiology, neurobiology, or pharmacology.

Qualifying Examination
Comprehensive written and oral examination. Examination over the minor field at the discretion of the minor field department.

Research Proposal
Written research proposal, presented and defended orally, required for admission to candidacy.

Final Examination
Oral defense of dissertation.

Program Termination
Research or academic deficiency, including two failures of the qualifying examination, will result in termination of the studentís enrollment in the program.

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The graduate courses listed below are not all offered in any given academic year. Inquiries on the availability and suitability of any particular course should be directed to the graduate advisor. In addition to those areas indicated by specific course offerings, extensive opportunities for interdepartmental research are also available.
Q580 Basic Human Genetics (3 cr.) P: general genetics and consent of the instructor. An introduction to the genetics of human traits and heritable diseases. Emphasis will be on general aspects of eukaryote genetics as it applies to humans, but some prokaryote genetics will be included for comparison.
Q606 Foundations in Genetic Counseling (3 cr.) Introduction to the principles and practice of genetic counseling. Topics include: genetic counseling techniques, prenatal diaganosis counseling, pediatric/adult counseling, and support services.
Q610 Clinical Genetics Practicum (3 cr.) P: consent of the instructor. Methods for obtaining medical and family histories, approaches to evaluation of individuals and families with genetic disorders, and techniques for providing genetic counseling. May be repeated once for credit.
Q611 Genetics Analysis Laboratory (1-2 cr.) P: consent of the instructor. Computer storage and retrieval of family data. Use of programs for genetic analysis. Includes analysis of twins, families of twins, and genetic linkage and segregation.
Q612 Molecular and Biochemical Genetics (3 cr.) Molecular and biochemical aspects of gene function in various genetic disorders. Emphasis on the DNA lesion when known, on aberrations in the metabolic pathways, and on structural defects. Discussion of hemoglobinopathies, phenylketonuria, storage diseases, and other conditions.
Q613 Molecular and Biochemical Genetics Laboratory (2 cr.) The student will learn to perform many of the molecular and biochemical techniques for the determination of genetic markers that can be used for diagnosis, genotyping, and forensic applications.
Q614 Psychological Aspects of Genetic Counseling (3 cr.) P: one course in introductory or abnormal psychology. Introduction to theory and research in the field of genetic counseling. Topics include: risk assessment, attitude assessment, and decision-making. The social, ethical, and legal aspects of the delivery of genetic services are also covered.
Q615 Prenatal Diagnosis Practicum (3 cr.) Training in prenatal genetic counseling, Counseling referrals may include advanced maternal age, abnormal prenatal screening, abnormal ultrasound, or other pregnancy complications.
Q620 Human Cytogenetics (3 cr.) P: consent of the instructor, basic genetics. Study of chromosome structure and replication, X-inactivation, meiosis, numerical and structural rearrangements in humans, and cytogenetics of malignancies.
Q621 Human Cytogenetics Laboratory (3 cr.) P: basic genetics, Q620, and consent of instructor. Current techniques in human cytogenetics. May be taken concurrently with Q620.
Q622 Cytogenetics of Malignancies (2-3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. This course will examine the biologic implications of cytogenetic abnormalities found in malignancies. Aberrant gene function as a result of cytogenetic abnormalities will be stressed.
Q630 Population Genetics (3 cr.) P: basic genetics. Basic probability and Bayes theorem, as applied to genetic counseling. Effects of mutation and selection on the survival of alleles in a population; consequences of consanguinity and inbreeding; methods of analysis including segregation and linkage including nonparametric methods; quantitative genetics such as twin studies and heritability.
Q631 Quantitative Genetics (2 cr.) P: G651 and G652 or equivalent. Inheritance of human quantitative traits, partitioning of phenotypic variation, estimation of genetic variance and heritability, methods of analyzing resemblance among relatives including nuclear families, twins, and half-siblings.
Q640 Special Topics in Human Genetics (1-3 cr.; 9 cr. max.) A continuing nonrepeating series of lectures on newer advances in human genetics; discussions in specific areas of human genetics not currently available to all students. Additional credits may be obtained by study of a specific area under individual tutelage.
Q642 Dermatoglyphics (2 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Formation, development, classification and variation of finger, palm, and footprint patterns (dermatoglyphics) in humans; interpretation of results of quantitative and statistical techniques utilized in the study of the inheritance of dermatoglyphic traits, variation in twins, and applications in clinical genetics.
Q660 Medical Genetics Seminar (2 cr.) P: basic genetics. Topics chosen from aspects of medical genetics not extensively treated elsewhere. Various phases of research in medicine from a genetic and clinical point of view. Students may receive credit during each semester of residence on the Medical Center campus.
Q730 Methods in Human Genetics (3 cr.) P: basic genetics, differential calculus, and Q630 or equivalent. Sampling methods employed in study of human genetics; methods for analysis of segregation, linkage, mutation, and selection with family data collected under various forms of ascertainment.
Q800 Medical Genetics Research (cr. arr.)*

G504 Introduction to Research Ethics (2 cr.) Introduction to the basic concepts of research ethics. The course will cover historical development of concern with ethics in science as well as practical information needed by students working in the science today. Format will be lecture and discussion.
G651-G652 Introduction to Biostatistics I-II (3-3 cr.) Data description, sampling variation and distributions, interval estimation, and tests of hypotheses involving binomial, normal, t, F, and X2 distribution; one-way analysis of variance, bivariate regression and correlation, higher order experimental designs, and associated analysis of variance; use of statistical analysis programs on computer.

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