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

  • 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.
  • The life-changing work being done by the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, an NIH funded initiative involving a group of top universities and a number of Principal Investigators from UCLA Human Genetics, has been spotlighted in a feature by Anna Gorman, senior correspondent from Kaiser Health News.
  • Dr. Stephen Young and his colleagues Dr. Anne Beigneux and Dr. Loren Fong led a recent study discovering a new cause of high plasma triglycerides that has been published by the New England Journal of Medicine.