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. Carrie Miceli were profiled in a May 24 feature by People magazine entitled "Heroes Among Us" about their research regarding the deadly genetic disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
  • It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Professor Leonid Kruglyak as the new chair of the Department of Human Genetics, beginning July 1, 2016. Dr. Kruglyak, a world class scientist and educator, will be replacing Professor Karen Reue, who has served as interim chair for the past two years.
  • Dr. Eric Vilain was the subject of a profile in Nature regarding his research on disorders of sex development.
  • Researchers Meru Sadhu and Joshua Bloom from Dr. Leonid Kruglyak's laboratory had their work regarding the manipulation of chromosome recombination to allow hi-res genetic mapping of phenotypic traits in yeast published in Science and Nature Reviews Genetics. These techniques were showcased in a recent article published by The Scientist.
  • Dr. Stephen Young has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
  • Dr. Eric Vilain and his research was featured in an article by OZY titled "The Modern Master of Sex".