This new research stream focuses on current issues in species interactions by using state-of-the-art techniques in genetics at biochemical, cellular and/or organismal levels.
Research in ecological genetics intersects the traditional disciplines of molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, ecology and evolution. The research questions our FRI students investigate are in the context of better ways to understand species interactions. Given the many ways that we humans have and are influencing the our environments -- natural, agricultural, urban and human-body -- there are many important questions to answer.
A key component of the FRI program is that students learn to work in teams -- because that is how researchers tackle the complexity of understanding biological systems. The students create a research proposal, based on the protocols and equipment they have learned to use. Subsequently, they conduct the research they have proposed. This process develops interpersonal and communication skills and critical thinking, along with an array of advanced technical skills.