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. Eric Vilain's research on epigenetics and sexual attraction were featured in an August 23rd article of Boston Globe Magazine about what makes people gay.
  • Dr. Leonid Kruglyak's Twitter feed was highlighted in an August 18th article of Wired as one of the best 27 feeds to follow in the world of science.
  • Dr. Roel Ophoff's latest research on schizophrenia was reported in the July 10 edition of BioScience Technology and Medical News Today.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Leonid Kruglyak who has been honored by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) as the 2015 recipient of the Curt Stern Award.
  • A few Human Genetics faculty were featured in the Spring 2015 issue of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine's U Magazine. Dr. Eric Vilain's research is the cover story. Dr. Steve Horvath's study on aging is on page 7. Dr. Karen Reue is mentioned on page 25. It is available in PDF format here.