Integrating Genotype and Phenotype
The Department of Biological Science at Florida State University is building a transdiciplinary group to encompass evolutionary biology, molecular biology, genomics and epigenetics—a hiring initiative that we call "Integrating Genotype and Phenotype." The relationship between genotype and phenotype is the most important unsolved problem facing biology in the twenty first century. We can develop our understanding of this relationship only by integrating knowledge of fundamental molecular processes with that of the function and evolution of the whole organism. We have hired six faculty already in this effort, and two more faculty positions will be added in future years. This effort is part of the "Pathways of Excellence" initiative, through which the university is increasing the size of its science faculty and adding several new buildings to its science quad, including the new King Life Sciences Building. (new facilities).
Our scientific goal is to build a cohesive group of junior- and senior-level investigators who will work in this broad area. Our vision includes scientists working in fundamental aspects of chromatin- or RNA-mediated regulation, genetic regulatory networks, developmental biology, systems biology, evolution of regulatory systems, and quantitative and evolutionary genetics. We are also open to creative ideas in other areas addressing the relationship between genotype and phenotype. We are therefore looking for molecular and evolutionary biologists with vigorous research programs in their areas of specialization but who see the value of such integration.
This site also includes information on the scientific basis of this effort; the Department of Biological Science; the Pathways of Excellence program, which provides the funding for this hiring effort; and Florida State University.
For more information about the IGP cluster, please contact one of the members of our organizing committee (below) or any of the core faculty listed to the left (core faculty).