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.
- Dr. Jerome Rotter received the Cedars-Sinai Pioneer in Medicine Award in October, 2012 for his international success in research and teaching.
- Congratulations to Esteban Dell'Angelica, Ph.D., who received the 2011-2012 Outstanding Tutor Award of the David Geffen School of Medicine in September, 2012. This is the second time he has received this award.
- Dr. Eric Vilain's Nature Genetics study regarding the identification of the gene mutation responsible for IMAGe syndrome has been featured in a number of prominent news outlets.
- Dr. James Lake is selected as one of six UCLA professors elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences.