The areas of faculty research include cancer genetics, molecular genetics, molecular diagnostics, developmental genetics, medical genetics, cytogenetics, quantitative trait genetics, biochemical genetics, cell biology and biochemistry. Several laboratories focus on "tumor suppressor" and "oncogene" pathways involved in a variety of common human cancers, with one goal being to capitalize on this knowledge for translational research purposes. In addition, labs study DNA repair and genomic stability pathways, which when malfunctioning can lead to disease, most notably cancer. Other labs pursue gene therapy technologies to treat human disease is another emphasis. One central theme in the program is the utilization of a variety of genetic, molecular and cellular approaches for analyzing normal and disease processes.