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 Department of Human Genetics is glad to welcome Dr. Leonid Kruglyak as a new faculty member here.
- Dr. Janet Sinsheimer has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, announced ASA President Marie Davidian, a Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University. To be recognized as a 2013 ASA Fellow, each honoree must make outstanding professional contributions to and have exhibited leadership in the field of statistical science. Dr. Sinsheimer was honored for pioneering statistical contributions to phylogenetics and the development of the maternal-fetal genotype incompatibility test in genetic epidemiology; for outstanding and sustained mentorship of graduate students; and for exceptional commitment to diversity in the statistical sciences.
- Congratulations to Dr. Marc Suchard, the recipient of the 2013 COPSS Award, in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the field of statistics. This award is widely regarded as the "Nobel Prize in Statistics," as it is a worldwide competition encompassing the entire field and only a single award is given each year.
- Dr. Guoping Fan and Dr. Steve Horvath have co-authored a groundbreaking new study, published in Nature, regarding the use of single-cell RNA sequencing technology to track genetic development in human and mouse embryos. Their methods have achieved an unprecedented level of accuracy in diagnosing genetic disorders as early as the 8-cell stage.