The goal of the Graduate Program of the Department of Human Genetics at UCLA is to train the next generation of leaders in human genetics. This rapidly evolving field of research incorporates multiple areas of modern experimental biology (including but not limited to molecular and behavioral genetics, epigenetics, biochemisty, cell and developmental biology, imaging, and large-scale omics approaches such as genomics, transcriptomics and functional genomics) and of computational biology (including bioinformatics and biostatistics). In their research, students tackle Mendelian diseases and genetically complex traits of key relevance to human health.
The program offers:
A wide variety of courses are offered to equip future independent researchers with fundamental knowledge about state-of-the-art methods for generating experimental data on a genome-wide scale and computational and statistical approaches to draw from the data sound conclusions of biological and medical significance. In addition, courses on medical and ethical issues provide students with a societal perspective on human genetics.
Since its creation in 1998, more than 70 students have graduated from our program. As of October 2017, the average time to degree (defined as the time since admission to graduate school at UCLA, including years spent in other graduate programs) of our Ph.D. Program is 5.34 years. Many of our alumni have published parts of their dissertation work in top scientifc journals and become successful scientists in academy or industry.
Our Graduate Program is associated with the Genetics & Genomics Home Area, which is part of the Graduate Programs in Bioscience. We are also associated with UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program. Prospective students may apply for admission through any of these two mechanisms.
ACTIVE TRAINING GRANTS
Unless otherwise specified, all event details are as follows: Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM Location: Gonda, 1357
Title: The Genomic-epigenomic Nexus In Ovarian Cancer Date: Monday, 5/14/2018 Speaker: Simon A. Gayther, PhD, Barth Family Chair in Cancer Genetics Director of Molecular Epidemiology, Co-Director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Contact & Intro: Bogdan Pasaniuc
Title: Modeling Cardiac Diseases with iPSC Technology Date: Friday, 6/1/2018 Speaker: Katriina Aalto-Setälä, MD, PhD, Professor (Physiology), School of Medicine, University of Tampere, Finland Contact & Intro: Paivi PajukantaABSTRACT: The main aim of my research group is to differentiate functional cardiomyocytes from pluripotent stem cells and study different genetic heart diseases with the help of iPSC technology. Research focuses also on the development of iPSC lines and optimizing the differentiation methods and growth environment of cardiomyocytes. We aim to ascertain the mechanisms, signaling pathways and genes underlying differentiation to be able to differentiate cardiomyocytes in culture. We conduct research with biomaterials suitable for the cultivation of cardiomycoytes and develops different ways to characterize the functionality of the cardiomyocytes, for example to study the drug responses.
Title: “A statistical model for reference-free inference of archaic local ancestry” and “Characterization of open chromatin in human primary adipocytes reveals environment-responsive genomic regions” Date: Monday, 6/11/2018 Speaker: Arun Durvasula and Kristina Garske, Recipients of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship and NIH F31 Predoctoral Fellowship Contact & Intro: Drs. Kirk Lohmueller and Paivi Pajukanta