About Us

The Genetics and Genomics Academy (GGA)

Building a greater understanding of genetics and genomics to enhance the flourishing of societies and ecosystems.

Genetics and genomics are central to all life sciences, and can no longer be seen as isolated specialties or programs. The GGA recognizes this, and its goal is to leverage NC State’s rich legacy in genetics to connect and invigorate our other unique strengths in the life sciences, and ultimately drive excellence in transdisciplinary research and training. The reach of the GGA is from the basic to the applied, from molecules to ecosystems, from the traditional to the cutting-edge, integrating all of these areas to maximize impact on fundamental knowledge and positive societal outcomes.

Our Mission

The GGA leverages collaborations across all life sciences research and training at NC State University to enhance our understanding of the genetic and genomic underpinnings of life on earth, sustain biodiversity, and enhance social equity.

The GGA Community

The GGA brings together faculty and trainees from across the University engaged in outstanding research and teaching, and provides a strong platform and novel connections for interdisciplinary interactions. The GGA is home to the Genetics and Genomics Scholars (GG Scholars) program, NC State’s first umbrella PhD training program. The GGA hosts Research Interest Groups (RIGs), GGA-member-driven communities centered on fundamental and emerging research areas. The GGA serves as a hub for the sharing of scientific discovery, through an annual GGA retreat, a world-class seminar series, and extensive public education and outreach efforts at a variety of scales. Together, this network of GGA activities will allow NC State to produce excellence in transdisciplinary research, recruit the best young scientists, and enhance our reputation and competitiveness as a strong research university.

GGA Executive Committee

Fred Gould

Fred Gould, Executive Director

William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Phone: 919.515.1647
Email: fgould@ncsu.edu

Martha Burford Reiskind

Martha Burford Reiskind, Director of the GG Scholars Program

Associate Professor of Population Genomics
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences
Phone: 919.515.3495
Email: mbreiski@ncsu.edu

Rebecca Stojancic

Rebecca Stojancic, University Program Specialist

GGA and GG Scholars
Genetics and Genomics Academy
Provost Office
Phone: 919.515.1651
Email: rsstojan@ncsu.edu

Dahlia Nielsen

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences
Phone: 919.515.2586
Email: dahlia@statgen.ncsu.edu

Anna Stepanova

Anna Stepanova

Associate Professor of Plant Biology and Genetics
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Phone: 919.515.5729
Email: atstepan@ncsu.edu

Jeffrey Thorne

Jeffrey Thorne

Departments of Biological Sciences and Statistics
College of Sciences
Phone: 919.515.1946
Email: thorne@statgen.ncsu.edu

Jeffrey Yoder

Professor of Innate Immunology
Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Phone: 919.515.7406
Email: jayoder@ncsu.edu