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. Steve Horvath recently led a UCLA study finding that Down syndrome ages the brain 11 years faster, which has been reported by a handful of media outlets such as Disability Scoop, MedicalXpress, Health Canal, and the Health Medicine Network.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Marc Suchard, one of 24 new members elected to the International Statistical Institute in the fourth round of 2014 elections.
  • Dr. Eric Vilain was interviewed in this February 18 news feature in Nature regarding recent developments in sex and gender research. The article is titled "Sex Redefined" and can be found here.
  • Dr. Karen Reue and Dr. Jake Lusis were both featured in U Magazine's Winter 2015 issue in an article titled, "What Makes Us Fat?" It discusses research tools to study complicated individual genetic differences in how we gain weight. Dr. Reue looks at the question of weight gain in women and Dr. Lusis uses systems biology to measure differences within an organism to determine how they fit together to influence such things as obesity and diet.