There has never been a more exciting time for basic science research than today. New advances allow us to address incredibly important questions that were previously complex and out of reach. There are powerful and transformative new technologies that enable us to explore amazing biological mysteries, and UCLA receives over a billion dollars a year in competitive research awards.
Siavash Kurdistani, MD Chair, Biological Chemistry
Department Information: (310) 825-6545
Mailing Address:Department of Biological Chemistry615 Charles E Young Drive South310 BSRBP.O. Box 951737Los Angeles, CA 90095-1737
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Our research addresses the molecular mechanisms underlying fundamental processes in biology and disease. We apply genetic, biochemical, cell biological, computational and biophysical approaches to study stem cell biology, development, gene regulation, cell signaling, cancer biology, neurobiology, genetic variation and disease. Our ethos reflects and fosters a passion for discovery and curiosity and a commitment to excellence.
Janet Sinsheimer, PhD Interim Chair, Biomathematics
Department Information: (310) 825-5554
Mailing Address:UCLA BiomathematicsBOX 951766, Room 5303 Life SciencesLos Angeles, CA 90095-1766
Biology is advancing at an unprecedented pace due to the emergence of high-throughput empirical methods, large-scale analysis, and increasing use of theoretical, computational and statistical models aimed at a more mechanistic understanding of biological phenomena. The UCLA Department of Biomathematics has a rich and long history in mathematical and computational biology of combining these approaches and is one of the few departments that emphasizes all of these components.
Leonid Kruglyak, PhD Chair, Human Genetics
Department Information: (310) 794-5423
Mailing Address:Department of Human GeneticsDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLAGonda (Goldschmied) Neuroscience and Genetics Research Center695 Charles E. Young Drive South, Box 708822Los Angeles, CA 90095-7088
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.
Jerome Zack, MD Chair, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics (MIMG)
Mailing Address:Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics609 Charles E. Young Dr. East1602 Molecular Science BuildingLos Angeles, CA 90095-1489
The Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics provides a unique experience in that we span the David Geffen School of Medicine and the College of Letters and Science. Our mission is to provide the highest quality research and education possible in the interdisciplinary fields of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. To meet this goal, we work together as scientists, educators and students to identify and address the most relevant problems in microbial pathogenesis and physiology, host cell biology and immune defense, and the host-pathogen interface.
Michael Phelps, PhD Chiar, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
Departmental Information: (310) 825-9451
Mailing Address:University of California Los AngelesDepartment of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology650 Charles E. Young Dr. South; 23-120 Center for Health SciencesLos Angeles, CA 90095-1735Box 951735Mailcode: 173517
The Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology (DMMP) is a combined basic science and clinical department. The DMMP integrates mathematics, engineering, physical, biological and medical sciences to achieve together advances that we cannot achieve individually in three overall areas: (1) understanding biology of disease, (2) developing new molecular diagnostics and (3) developing new molecular and cellular therapeutics.
Paul Micevych, PhD Chair, Neurobiology
Departmental Information: (310) 206-3944
Mailing Address:Department of Neurobiology73-235 CHS, Box 951763Los Angeles, CA 90095-1763
The Department of Neurobiology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is a premier research department and a leading force in Neuroscience discovery and education at UCLA and worldwide. With diverse backgrounds in cellular and molecular biology, psychology and engineering, faculty members in the Department utilize the most sophisticated technologies available to work in concert with colleagues through UCLA and the world to enhance the understanding of the brain and its role in health and disease.
Stephen Cannon, MD, PhD Chair, Physiology
Departmental Information: (310) 794-1572
Mailing Address:UCLA NeurosurgeryEdie & Lew Wasserman Building300 Stein Plaza, Ste. 420Los Angeles, CA 90095
The Department of Physiology is a basic science department in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA that was founded in 1952. Physiology is the study of how living systems function, through a comprehensive approach that builds upon fundamental principles of chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics. The overarching goal is to understand the processes by which molecules, cells, and organs interact to maintain vitality and good health. The Department has a rich history of landmark discoveries in membrane transport, ion channel biophysics, membrane receptors, contractility, and the electrophysiology of nerve, muscle and heart. In recent years, our faculty have expanded upon this foundation to develop a diverse portfolio of research programs.
An intergal piece of not only clinical care, but also research and education, the clinical departments cross many areas. Comprised of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, and the UCLA Medical Group with its wide-reaching system of primary-care and specialty-care offices throughout the region, UCLA Health is among the most comprehensive and advanced healthcare systems in the world. With it's close proximity to the UCLA Health facilities, the David Geffen School of Medicine offers it's students and trainees a unique educational experience.
Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD Chair, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Department Information: (310) 267-8694
Mailing Address:UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative MedicineRonald Reagan UCLA Medical Center757 Westwood Plaza, Suite 3325Los Angeles, CA 90095-7403
Together, we look forward to a great future of patient care, education, innovation, and discovery.
Our program in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine spans multiple clinical and laboratory sites, engaged in research, teaching, and patient care activities across Los Angeles. We care for more than 50,000 patients every year in our operating rooms, interventional procedure rooms, obstetric suites, and intensive care units, covering every surgical subspecialty.
Greg Hendey, MD Chair, Emergency Medicine
Department Information: (310) 794-0785
Mailing Address:UCLA Emergency Medicine924 Westwood Boulevard, Suite 300Los Angeles, California 90095
We primarily work in three different Emergency Departments:
Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center, LA County Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, and Antelope Valley Medical Center. Each site is uniquely selected for the very different patient populations, pathology, and educational opportunities, together delivering a balanced and complete Emergency Medicine training experience. Through training at these complementary, high-volume clinical sites, our graduates find themselves ready and prepared to work anywhere.
Patrick Dowling, MD Chair, Family Medicine
Department Information: (310) 319-4700
Mailing Address:Department of Family Medicine10833 Le Conte Avenue, 50-074 CHSLos Angeles, California 90095
Education is in all that we do as faculty in the Department of Family Medicine.
It is the top priority in our work with thirty-six of the smartest residents from around the country and our passion when we interact with medical students on a daily basis through their formal courses as well as in their community outreach. It is also what drives the huge success of our many fellowships in areas such as sports medicine, addiction and behavioral medicine, and clinical scholars.
Gerald Berke, MD Chair, Head & Neck Surgery
Department Information: (310) 206-6688
Mailing Address:Department of Head and Neck Surgery10833 Le Conte Ave., CHS 62-132Los Angeles, California 90095-1624
UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery is committed to maintaining excellence:
In patient care, offering top-caliber academic training, and advancing research in the field. Our extensively experienced physicians and research scientists paired with our state-of-the-art facilities and technology ensures that UCLA will remain at the forefront of knowledge in Head and Neck Surgery-Otolaryngology.
Alan Fogelman, MD Chair, Medicine
Find a Physician: (310) 825-2631
Referral Service:(800) UCLA-MD1
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Classified as Best in the West
The Department of Medicine at UCLA Health offers a wide variety of Fellowship and Residency Programs to interested physicians willing to further their education and training. We offer support to all of our divisions and the physicians who wish to better their skills. With 14 Divisions and 2 Centers, UCLA Health Department of Medicine continues to strive to be the leader in innovation as well as education and training.
Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD Chair, Neurology
Departmental Information: (310) 794-1195
Mailing Address:Department of Neurology300 Medical Plaza, B-Level, Suite B200Los Angeles, California 90024
Dedicated to understanding the human nervous system.
The vision of the UCLA Neurology Department is to be the premier Department of Neurology by conducting exceptional clinical and basic science research, delivering excellent care to patients with neurological disease, and training future world leaders in neurology and neuroscience. All accomplished in an environment that emphasizes humanity in interpersonal interactions and promotes collaboration with other academic departments, universities and scientific enterprises.
Linda Liau, MD, PhD Interim Chair, Neurosurgery
Consistently ranks in the top 10 Neuroscience programs.
As neurosurgeons and neuroscientists, we marvel daily at the capacity of the human brain to repair and heal itself. The UCLA Department of Neurosurgery is committed to ongoing research in a quest to develop new treatments and cures for all neurosurgical conditions, along with a commitment to educate and train the next generation of leading physicians and scientists.
Andrea Rapkin, MD Interim Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Departmental Information: (310) 794-7274
Mailing Address:UCLA OBGYN Westwood200 Medical Plaza, Suites 430 & 220 Los Angeles, CA 90095
Committed to the highest standards of education in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides excellent training through a mixture of clinical experience, didactic material, research and investigative pursuits. We focus on providing a thorough education that provides the training of a well-rounded obstetrician-gynecologist -- one who excels in the medical and surgical aspects of our specialty.
Bartly Mondino, MD Chair, Ophthalmology
Departmental Information: (310) 825-5000
Mailing Address:UCLA Stein Eye Institute100 Stein Plaza UCLA Los Angeles CA 90095-7000
A relentless drive for excellence and the constant search for new possibilities.
Dedicated to the preservation of sight and prevention of blindness, UCLA Department of Ophthalmology award-winning vision scientists and clinicians foster innovative and groundbreaking advances in research, clinical care in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, training of the next generation of physicians, and eye-health outreach to the community both locally and across the globe.
Jeffrey Eckardt, MD Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery
Departmental Information: (310) 825-6557
Mailing Address:Orthopaedic Surgery Education OfficeDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLARoom 76-143 CHS10833 Le Conte AvenueLos Angeles CA 90095-7000
The educational environment at UCLA is truly world class:
A top-tier research institution, educational opportunities provided by the UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery include a dedicated and experienced faculty, talented trainees, a superb hospital system, and an incredibly diverse multicultural environment. These are key ingredients for extraordinary learning.
Jonathan Braun, MD, PhD Chair, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine & UCLA Immunogenetics
Departmental Information: (310) 267-5709
Mailing Address:Department of Pathology & Laboratory MedicineDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA924 Westwood Blvd, Seventh FloorLos Angeles CA 90095
Serving a very important and complex mission
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UCLA assists doctors and patients in making optimal decisions based on the latest diagnostic studies, using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Each month, approximately 50,000 clinical tests, and 1,500 biopsy and cytology cases, are analyzed to guide the care of patients in UCLA Health System, and through our referral network regionally and nationally.
Sherin Devaskar, MD, PhD Chair, Pediatrics
Hospital Information: (310) 825-9111
Mailing Address:UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital757 Westwood PlazaLos Angeles CA 90095
In support of child health:
UCLA's facilities are designed to serve the most critically ill children with sophisticated, compassionate care in an environment that is both welcoming and healing to children and their families. UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital cares for the physical and emotional well-being of children of all ages, from newborns to young adults.
Peter Whybrow, MD Chair, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Service Information: (310) 825-2631
Mailing Address:Semel Institute/NPI760 Westwood PlazaLos Angeles CA 90024
Experts in the origins of and treatments for disorders of complex human behavior:
The UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences is the home within the David Geffen School of Medicine for faculty who are expert in the origins of and treatments for disorders of complex human behavior. The Department is also an integral part of The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA which is a world leading, interdisciplinary research and education institute devoted to the understanding of complex human behaviour and the causes and consequences of neuropsychiatric disorders. The Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is the department's flagship location for patient care at UCLA and has consistently been ranked among the top five facilities nationwide by U.S. News & World Reports.
Michael Steinberg, MD Chair, Radiation Oncology
Departmental Information: (310) 825-9775
Mailing Address:Department of Radiation Oncology200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite B265Los Angeles, CA 90095-6951
The UCLA advantage.
There has never been a more opportune time in medical history for making rapid significant advances in cancer treatment. Only medical institutions with the best clinical, translational, and basic scientific research infrastructure are able to directly integrate the recent advances in molecular biology, radiation biology and medical imaging of cancer with the new and highly precise techniques in radiation delivery to improve patient care and treatment outcome.
Dieter Enzmann, MD Chair, Radiological Sciences
Patient Care Information: (310) 301-6800
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At the forefront of the convergence between imaging technologies and therapeutic modalities
Our Department faculty and research programs are internationally recognized. We maintain strong interdisciplinary links with other departments within the Medical Center, and the UCLA campus. This strong collaborative interaction between research and clinical practice allows us to rapidly implement new, and sometimes revolutionary, imaging and therapeutic innovations.
Ronald Busuttil, MD, PhD Chair, Surgery
Departmental Information: (310) 267-8054
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Our Mission is to deliver leading-edge patient care, research, and education.
The Department of Surgery provides consultative and definitive care services on both an inpatient and outpatient basis in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Liver and Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery. The patient referral procedure in each surgical specialty is designated in the following pages. General inquiries may be directed to the department office or to any of the division offices.
Mark Litwin, MD Chair, Urology
Departmental Information: (310) 794-7700
Mailing Address:Department of UrologyDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA10833 Le Conte AvenueBox 951738Los Angeles, CA 90095-1738
Devoted to offering compassionate and innovative urological care.
UCLA Urology, with its large and diverse research programs, is committed to developing and promoting cutting-edge discoveries in basic science, clinical trials, and population medicine. Our faculty and research teams constantly strive to optimize the technologies we have and invent the technologies we need in order to bring to our patients the latest developments.
Every day, scientists have new ideas with the potential to expand the boundaries of human knowledge. It takes creativity and insight to pursue these raw ideas, and it takes the right support to nurture them. In addition to the vast network of research institutes and centers on campus, UCLA's largest research institutes are integral to the mission of the David Geffen School of Medicine. They provide extensive resources and information to the research community to further their understanding of the natural world.
Irvin Chen, PhD Director, UCLA AIDS Institute
Institute Information: (310) 794-7209
See Full Contact Information:http://aidsinstitute.ucla.edu/contact-us
From the earliest days of the AIDS pandemic, UCLA has been at the forefront of HIV research. UCLA researchers were the first to describe why early AIDS drugs failed; demonstrate clearance of HIV from an infected infant; identify, clone, and characterize HIV in the brain. Our research programs are designed to facilitate collaboration between researchers with shared interests, including the development of translational, multi-disciplinary grant applications.
Christopher J. Evans, PhD Director, Brain Research Institute
Institute Information: (310) 825-5061
Mailing Address:Brain Research Institute UCLABox 951761Los Angeles, CA 90095-1761
The UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI) is a catalyst for education, outreach, and research collaborations among current and future scientists, engineers and clinicians who seek to understand the healthy and diseased brain. The BRI is a campus wide Organized Research Unit. Formed in 1959 by a small cadre of neuroscientists, the BRI is one of the first neuroscience research collectives established in the United States. Now with approximately 300 faculty members representing nearly 30 departments from 6 schools, the institute is UCLA’s central force in its mission to advance interdisciplinary basic and clinical neuroscience.
Steve Dubinett, MD Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Institute Information: (310) 794-5263
See Full Contact Information:https://ctsi.ucla.edu/about/pages/contactus
The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, is a research partnership of UCLA, Cedars–Sinai Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. CTSI-supported researchers have published more than 1,600 scientific articles and been awarded 370 pilot grants, enabling them to generate data that they leveraged into $58 million in additional outside funding.
Anna M Wu, PhD Director, Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging
Institute Information: (310) 825-4903
Mailing Address:Crump Institute for Molecular ImagingUniversity of California, Los Angeles 570 Westwood PlazaLos Angeles, CA 90095-1770
The Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging brings together faculty, students, and staff with a variety of backgrounds - physics, mathematics, engineering, biology, chemistry, and medicine - to pursue innovative technologies and science to accelerate our understanding of biology and medicine. Innovative technology programs, linked by systems biology, microfluidics, nanotechnology, and molecular imaging, provide the tools to conduct integrated science in a unique, interdisciplinary setting.
Bartly J. Mondino, MD Director, Jules Stein Eye Institute
Institute Information: (310) 825-5000
Mailing Address:UCLA Stein Eye Institute100 Stein Plaza UCLALos Angeles, CA 90095-7000
The UCLA Stein Eye Institute’s original mandate from 1966 remains paramount today: the relentless drive for excellence and the constant search for new possibilities in the treatment of the eye. Dedicated to the preservation of sight and prevention of blindness, UCLA Department of Ophthalmology award-winning vision scientists and clinicians foster innovative and groundbreaking advances in research, clinical care in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, training of the next generation of physicians, and eye-health outreach to the community both locally and across the globe.
Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD Director, Molecular Biology Institute
Institute Information: (310) 825-1018
Mailing Address:Molecular Biology Institute611 Charles E. Young Drive EastLos Angeles, CA 90095-1570
The Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA is a campus wide Organized Research Unit - a hub for interactions between scientific groups, focused on deciphering molecular structures and identifying regulatory cross-talk in living organisms. Since its inception nearly half a century ago, the MBI has catalyzed intellectual exchange across disciplines and departmental barriers. Today this mission remains at the forefront.
Peter Charles Whybrow, MD Director, Semel Institute
Institute Information: (310) 825-9989
Mailing Address:Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior760 Westwood PlazaLos Angeles, CA 90095
The Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is an interdisciplinary research and education institute devoted to the understanding of complex human behavior, including the genetic, biological, behavioral and sociocultural underpinnings of normal behavior, and the causes and consequences of neuropsychiatric disorders. In addition to conducting fundamental research, the institute faculty seeks to develop effective strategies for prevention and treatment of neurological, psychiatric and behavioral disorder, including improvement in access to mental health services and the shaping of national health policy.
Sabeeha Merchant, PhD Director, UCLA-DOE Institute | Institute for Genomics and Proteomics
Institute Information: (310) 825-3754
Mailing Address:UCLA-DOE Institute611 Young Drive EastLos Angeles, CA 90095
The UCLA-DOE Institute is a team of research laboratories, a campus wide Organized Research Unit, working on fundamental research and technology developments in broad DOE mission areas ranging from microbes, to biofuels and green chemistry, to the design of new biomaterials. Research areas being pursued within the Institute include: advanced biofuels; carbon capture; the genomics, proteomics and properties of photosynthetic and other energy-related microbes; the structure and function of energy producing organelles; biomass degradation, and plant metabolism. Technology development in the Institute includes: tools; for algal and soil genomics, new methods of gene and protein identification and understanding of RNA regulation, tools for synthetic biology, and methods for microcrystallography and protein design.
In science, ideas are like seeds. Plant them and - if you are smart and lucky - a tree will grow. The fruit of these trees are the solutions to humanity's greatest biomedical problems. The work being done, and the collaborations being formed, throughout UCLA's vast network of research institutes and centers are helping potentially impactful ideas to take root. Along with this vast network, UCLA's largest research centers are integral to the mission of the David Geffen School of Medicine.
Owen Witte, MD Director, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center
Center Information: (310) 825-4958
Mailing Address:Broad Stem Cell Research CenterUniversity of California, Los AngelesBox 957357Los Angeles, CA 90095-7357
The Broad Stem Cell Research Center is a campus-wide entity that supports innovation, excellence, and the highest ethical standards focused on taking groundbreaking stem cell research discoveries from the laboratory to the patient. We are committed to a multi-disciplinary and integrated collaboration of scientific, academic, and medical disciplines for the purpose of revolutionizing the treatment of disease through personalized cellular therapies and regenerative medicine.
Susan Y. Bookheimer, PhD Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Center Information: email@example.com
Mailing Address:635 Charles Young Drive SouthLos Angeles, CA 90095
The UCLA IDDRC is organized around the following themes; Basic research into core causes of developmental disabilities, Basic research and translational research designed to lead to possible interventions to treat causes as well as improve quality of life for patient and family, Interact with clinical services to implement and translate basic research findings into clinical studies, Education to train next generation of researchers, Communication of research discoveries to clinicians, patients, and family members in our community.
Kenneth Dorshkind, PhD Interim Director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Center Information: (310) 825-5268
Mailing Address:UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center8-684 Factor BuildingBox 951781Los Angeles, CA 90095-1781
In the late 1960s, a group of scientists and volunteers at UCLA came together to develop a cancer center they hoped would become renowned for excellence in research, education and patient care. Today, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has established an international reputation for providing the best in experimental and traditional cancer treatments and expertly guiding the next generation of medical research.
Thomas Coates, PhD Director, UCLA Center for World Health
Center Information: (310) 825-2440
Mailing Address:UCLA Center for World Health10833 Le Conte AvenueCenter for Health Sciences, Room 12-105Los Angeles, CA 90095
The UCLA Center for World Health's vision is to heal humankind through shared knowledge and compassion, and to make a difference in people’s lives throughout the world. Our mission is to improve the health of people and communities around the world through education, research, and service, and to guide the next generation of leaders to use their vision, talent, and commitment to transform the practice of world health to make a sustainable difference.