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The Genetics Training Program faculty are drawn primarily from UCSD Health Sciences, UCSD Division of Biological Sciences and The Salk Institute. All are active investigators with research and training interests in Genetics. The program spans a breadth of research from classical genetics and cutting edge genomics focused on basic science questions to translational or clinical questions that impact human health. Research includes a wide variety of organisms including microbes, plants, fungi, worms, flies, fishes, rodents, and human subjects. Members of our diverse faculty are internationally recognized and have been widely honored. Eleven have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. All are dedicated to training the next generation of outstanding scientists with a focus on Genetics. Our faculty is committed to creating an interactive and cohesive environment in which science and student training prosper, and creative endeavor flourishes.

The training program recognizes that rapid progress in both clinical and basic science is enhanced by exposure to both. Our faculty reflects this by bringing together basic scientists and investigators with strong clinical interests, including several physician-scientists. Research in participating departments is conducted with the view that basic biomedical research profits from being exposed to the needs of clinical settings and clincial sciences benefit from exposure to cuting edge techologies and rigor derived from pre-clincial systems.

Faculty Mentors

Susan Ackerman, Ph.D.
Omar Akbari, Ph.D.
Ludmil Alexandrov, Ph.D.

Vineet Bafna, Ph.D.
Dhananjay Bambah-Mukku, Ph.D.
Chris Benner, Ph.D.
Eric Bennett, Ph.D.
Steven Briggs, Ph.D.

Aaron Carlin, M.D., Ph.D.
Alejandro Chavez, Ph.D.*
Stephanie Cherqui, Ph.D.
Neil Chi, M.D., Ph.D.
Andrew Chisholm, Ph.D.
Don W. Cleveland, Ph.D.
Kimberly Cooper, Ph.D.

Antonio DeMaio, Ph.D.
Arshad Desai, Ph.D.
Jazz Dickinson, Ph.D.
Jesse Dixon, M.D.,Ph.D.
Steven F. Dowdy, Ph.D.

Joseph R. Ecker, Ph.D.
Adam J. Engler, Ph.D.
Ronald M. Evans, Ph.D.
Sylvia Evans, Ph.D.

Emma Farley, Ph.D.
Kelly Frazer, Ph.D.
Cole Ferguson, M.D., Ph.D.
Frank Furnari, Ph.D.

Fred H. Gage, Ph.D.
Kyle Gaulton, Ph.D.
Christopher K. Glass, M.D., Ph.D.
Joseph G. Gleeson, M.D.
Alon Goren, Ph.D.
Åsa B. Gustafsson, Ph.D.
Melissa Gymrek, Ph.D.

Gabriel Haddad, M.D.
Bruce A. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Nan Hao, Ph.D.
Sven Heinz, Ph.D.

Trey Ideker, Ph.D.

Yishi Jin, Ph.D.
William Joiner, Ph.D.

Richard D. Kolodner, Ph.D.
Alexis Komor, Ph.D.

Louise Laurent, Ph.D.
Julie Law, Ph.D.
Mark A. Lawson, Ph.D.
Nathan Lewis, Ph.D. *
Kuo-Fen Lee, Ph.D.

Cressida Madigan, Ph.D.
Amit Majithia, M.D.
Prashant Mali, Ph.D.
Graham McVicker, Ph.D.
Pamela L. Mellon, Ph.D.
Hiruy Meharena, Ph.D. *
Jill Mesirov, Ph.D.
Marc Montminy, Ph.D.
Alysson Muotri, Ph.D.
Cornelis Murre, Ph.D.

Sonya Neal, Ph.D.
Victor Nizet, M.D.
Peter Novick, Ph.D.

Karen Oegema, Ph.D.

Abraham Palmer, Ph.D.
Mana Parast, M.D., Ph.D.
Amy Pasquinelli, Ph.D.
Gentry Patrick, Ph.D.
Samuel L. Pfaff, Ph.D.
Kit J. Pogliano, Ph.D.

Bing Ren, Ph.D.
Diana Rennison, Ph.D.
Scott Rifkin, Ph.D.
Cory Root, Ph.D.
Michael G. Rosenfeld, M.D.

Nik Schork, Ph.D.
Julian Schroeder, Ph.D.
Jonathan Sebat, Ph.D.
George Sen, Ph.D.
Robert Signer, Ph.D.
Tatum Simonson, Ph.D.
Xin Sun, Ph.D.

Francesca Telese, Ph.D.
Christina Towers, Ph.D.
David Traver, Ph.D.
JoAnn Trejo, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Emily Troemel, Ph.D.
Mark H. Tuszynski, M.D., Ph.D.

Geoffrey M. Wahl, Ph.D.
Jill Wildonger, Ph.D.
Miles Wilkinson, Ph.D.
Karl Willert, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Winzeler, Ph.D.

Jing Yang, Ph.D.
Deborah Yelon, Ph.D.
Gene Yeo, Ph.D.

Kun Zhang, Ph.D.
Binhai Zheng, Ph.D.
Huilin Zhou, Ph.D.

*New member 2023 - welcome!