MGM Research Centers and Cores

The Division of Human Genetics is a unit within the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology that serves as a focal point for human genetics research across the entire Duke campus.

The Duke Microbiome Center (DMC) was established to address the rapidly expanding interest among the public and scientific community in the pervasive roles of microbial communities in human health, the environment, and biotechnology. The mission of the DMC is to cultivate and support microbiome science at Duke University.

The Center for Host-Microbial Interactions (CHoMI) provides an interdepartmental intellectual home for Duke investigators who are interested in this broad area of research. CHoMI was originally conceived as the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, which was designed to build on the success of the mycology group at Duke and strengthen bacterial pathogenesis initiatives at our institution.

The Center for RNA Biology brings together laboratories focused on RNA biology including the study of RNA binding proteins, RNA-based therapies, post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression, non-coding RNAs and RNA interference (RNAi), ribozyme function, and RNA viruses. The Center laboratories are located at Duke University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

The Duke Center for Virology serves as an intellectual home for scientists at Duke who are interested in viral replication and pathogenesis or in the use of attenuated viruses as gene therapy vectors or vaccines.

The Functional Genomics Shared Resource was established as a shared resource for the application of functional genomic technologies to support the research programs of investigators at Duke. Through investments in genetic and chemical perturbation technologies, we have assembled state-of-the-art reagents and equipment, providing researchers access to genome-wide RNAi reagents and the infrastructure necessary to conduct large-scale functional studies in mammalian cells.