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Human Genetics

Using Genetic Knowledge to Improve Human Health

A hub of deep expertise, the Department of Human Genetics helps partners across UCLA interpret data and leverage genomic technology to improve study design and solve medical problems.

We demystify genetic complexities to provide vital insights for a range of clinical and research applications. We strive to improve the care of as many patients as possible by pushing our capabilities, developing novel ways to address unanswered questions.

"Our work can uncover solutions to nearly any medical problem because genetics pervades all clinical specialties; anything you can think of that differs between individuals—including susceptibility to diseases—has a genetic component. By uncovering genetic variables, we hope to deliver more precise, more effective treatments."

Dr. Leonid Kruglyak
Leonid Kruglyak, PhD, Chair, Department of Human Genetics at UCLA
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Accomplished Neighbors

Your next collaboration is right down the street.

Our enviable proximity to the world’s brightest scientific minds enables both thriving scheduled events and impromptu sidewalk powwows. A casual conversation during your coffee run could lead to your next big publication.

  • Terasaki Life Sciences Building (5 minute walk)
  • California Nanosystems Institute (5 minute walk)
  • Biomedical Sciences Research Building (5 minute walk)
  • Henry Samueli School of Engineering (4 minute walk)
  • Neuroscience Research Building (2 minute walk)

Come find out why innovation lives here.

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Discovery Spotlights

Daniel Geschwind

"Launching the Ginsburg Center within the Institute for Precision Health is a milestone in our work to bridge cutting-edge genetic research and direct patient care with individually targeted treatments..." - Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD

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Ken Lange, PhD

Kenneth Lange, PhD elected member of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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Arun Durvasula and Sriram Sankararaman

Arun Durvasula, PhD and Sriram Sankaraman, PhD published in Science Advances with evidence for a previously unknown population of ancient humans.

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Daniel Geschwind

Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD awarded National Academy of Medicine prize in recognition of his pioneering research and leadership in autism genetics.

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Paul Boutros

Paul Boutros, PhD to lead Tool Optimization Core of the NIH Common Fund's Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program at UCLA.

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The Department of Human Genetics and Institute of Precision Health launch the Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Center for Precision Genomic Medicine.

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Leonid Kruglyak

Leonid Kruglyak, PhD elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Aileen Nava

Aileen Nava, Genetics and Genomics PhD student, selected to participate in the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which will gather Nobel Laureates and Young Scientists in the field of Physiology/Medicine at Lake Constance in the last week of June 2023.

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