UCLA launched the Department of Human Genetics during the start of a new age of medicine. Researchers around the world had nearly finished mapping and sequencing human genes, producing mountains of raw genomic data. The new department aimed to lead the scientific community in using this novel data to better understand and treat human disease.
When our department opened its doors, genomic data was inscrutable to everyone. Today, we use genomic data to develop patient-specific treatments and prevention strategies that save lives. We work toward the future of medicine by pushing our capabilities—developing new ways to use genetic knowledge to improve human health.
"It’s clear we haven’t come close to the limit of what genetic data—and our technology—will allow us to do. Things we consider science fiction today could be possible in just a few years.”
-Leonid Kruglyak, Department Chair
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Our advanced research resources help create a thriving environment for groundbreaking discoveries and catalytic collaborations. Our centers and facilities offer cutting-edge technological advances in computing, sequencing, genotyping, and more.