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

  • Westside Today (Oct. 31), Medical News Today (Oct. 31), and Scicasts (Nov. 3) quoted Dr. Julian Martinez-Agosto when reporting on a new study about two previously unknown genes that help play a crucial role in how progenitor stem cells are activated to fight infection.
  • Scicasts (Oct. 24) and Phys.org (Oct. 27) reported on a study establishing a benchmark standard to assess how culture conditions used to procure stem cells in the lab compare to those found in the human embryo. The study was led by Dr. Guoping Fan, Professor of Human Genetics, as well as a member of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • The Football Examiner (Oct. 17), Irish Health (Oct. 19) and Imperial Valley News (Oct. 19) reported on a study by Dr. Steve Horvath that found that obesity ages the liver. The article can be seen here.
  • UCLA's Clinical Genomics Center is profiled in U.S. News & World Report's prestigious 2014 "Best Hospitals" edition. The article titled "UCLA's DNA Detectives in Action" talks about cutting-edge work led by UCLA's devoted genetic researchers, clinicians and counselors, and can be seen here.