Welcome to the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics (IMMAG) at the Georgia Health Sciences University. Founded in 1993 by Dr. Howard Rasmussen, IMMAG was to promote research excellence in the basic biomedical and clinical sciences. The mission continued under the directorship of Dr. Robert Yu from 2000 to 2009. Currently, IMMAG consists of 18 academic track faculty members who are also co-appointed in a basic or clinical department. In addition, IMMAG has 12 faculty members in research track and 37 joint faculty members from other basic science and clinical departments and centers.
IMMAG is charged with conducting high-impact original biomedical research and translating the findings to clinical applications, and in educating future physicians and researchers. Our research addresses fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology, endocrinology, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, and cancer biology. Collaborations have been established with clinical departments for studies that investigate various diseases including neurological diseases (stroke, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, and Guillain-Barre syndrome); psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia and autism); degenerative diseases (osteoporosis); cancer; and endocrinological disorders.
IMMAG faculty currently administer three graduate programs: Molecular Medicine PhD Program, Neuroscience PhD Program, and International Graduate Exchange Trainee Program (IGET).
Professor and Director