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Harnessing the Power of Genomic Collaborations to Transform Medicine:

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Institute for Genome Sciences

In 2007, under the leadership of Dean E. Albert Reece, the University of Maryland School of Medicine made a commitment to expand its footprint in genomics. The goal was to further enhance its research portfolio, and to stimulate new collaborative projects. Dean Reece and his leadership team recruited a group of internationally recognized genome scientists from The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, MD.

"IGS has had huge impact because of an outstanding record of interdisciplinary research collaborations over the past 10 years. Every IGS faculty member is involved in one or more collaborations with colleagues at the SOM and the national and international scientific community...."

Claire Fraser, PhD, Director, IGS

These investigators, led by Dr. Claire Fraser, had pioneered the application of large-scale DNA sequencing and analysis in the study of numerous species of bacteria, parasites, plants, and mammals.  Over the past 10 years, the IGS research portfolio has expanded with several key strategic faculty hires in the areas of human genomics and systems biology.

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we produced a short video that features several interesting collaborations, including these interviews:

  • The Human Microbiome & Women’s Health Dr. Jacques Ravel
  • The Center for Vaccine Development Dr. Shannon Takala, Dr. Chris Plowe
  • Cancer Immunotherapy Dr. Scott Strome
  • The Molecular Basis of Deafness Dr. Ronna Hertzano
  • Vaccines, Enteric Disease & the Gut Microbiome Dr. Marcelo Sztein
  • Transplantation Biology Dr. Jonathan Bromberg