UCLA Human Genetics
The 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.
Housed 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.
- 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.
- Dr. Steve Horvath was featured in TrendinTech in an article about understanding the epigenetic clock, the method he developed for measuring biological age.
- Dr. Sureni V. Mullegama, PhD is this year's recipient of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics PerkinElmer Diagnostics Travel Award. She is a second year ABMGG Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellow working under the mentorship of principal investigator Dr. Julian Martinez.