UCLA Human Genetics

Gonda WestThe Department of Human Genetics is the youngest basic science department in the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. When the Department was launched just prior to the sequencing of the human genome, it was clear that the practice of genetics research would be forever changed by the infusion of massive amounts of new data. Organizing and making sense of this genomic data is one of the greatest scientific challenges ever faced by mankind. The knowledge generated will ultimately transform medicine through patient-specific treatments and prevention strategies.

The Department is dedicated to turning the mountains of raw genetic data into a detailed understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of human disease. The key to such understanding is the realization that genes not only code for specific proteins, but they also control the temporal development and maturation of every living organism through a complex web of interactions.

Tree outside GondaHoused in the new Gonda Research Center, the Department serves as a focal point for genetics research on the UCLA campus, with state of the art facilities for gene expression, sequencing, genotyping, and bioinformatics. In addition to its research mission, the Department offers many exciting training opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical residents. Our faculty and staff welcome inquiries from prospective students. We also hope that a quick look at our web pages will give you a better idea of the Department's research and educational activities.

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News Highlights

  • Steve Horvath:
    The Mother of All Clinical Trials, Part I - ScienceBlog.com (blog) Apr 8, 2018 - Read here
  • The Mother of All Clinical Trials, Part II - ScienceBlog.com (blog) Apr 17, 2018 - Read here
  • Stanley Nelson:
    Doctors Are Becoming DNA Detectives to Diagnose Super-Rare Diseases - Read here
  • Nelson Freimer:
    A World Without Depression - Read here
  • Wayne Grody:
    Rainbow Genomics Announces the Integration of Clinical Interpretation Services from the UCLA Clinical Genomics Center Supporting Whole Exome Sequencing Tests -Read here
  • Jake Lusis:
    Scientists identify 2 hormones that burn fat faster, prevent and reverse diabetes in mice -Read here
  • Sriram Sankararaman and Graduate Student Arun Durvasula:
    Could this unknown ancestor be protecting West Africans against tumours? -Read here
  • We are very happy to share the news of the appointment of Eleazar Eskin, Ph.D. as Chair of the Department of Biomathematics, effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Eskin was selected for this position following a national search and will be succeeding Dr. Janet Sinsheimer, who has served as Interim Chair for the past four years. Both also serve as Professors within the Human Genetics Department.
  • Dr. Stanley Nelson and Dr. Julian Martinez-Agosto were quoted by Medical Xpress and MyScience.org in stories published on the use of genetic sequencing at UCLA to diagnose patients with rare conditions.
  • Dr. Steve Horvath has been named as one of five Allen Distinguished Investigators by the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group for his pioneering research in the field of aging and epigenetics.
  • Chair Dr. Leonid Kruglyak and two of his postdoctoral fellows Eyal Ben-David and Alejandro Burga were featured by Bioscience Technology and ScienceNews for their recent findings on the existence of a "selfish genetic element" in a strain of roundworms.
  • Chair Dr. Leonid Kruglyak and postdoctoral fellow Alejandro Burga were featured in UCLA Newsroom for their work on a publication in Science linking the evolution of the flightless Galapagos cormorant bird and humans suffering from bone-development disorders.