The future of American science depends on developing the talents and enthusiasm of students from every background and ability. The UCSD Genetics Training Program is committed to expanding educational and research opportunities in science for students from underrepresented groups, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with disabilities. We value these members of our scientific community. As part of this commitment, the following faculty have agreed to serve as speakers and liasons for MARC, RISE, PREP, IMSD, and Bridges to the doctorate programs–to share our excitement for the future of genetics and genomics research and our experience in developing career pathways in science. In addition, most of our faculty host research opportunities for UCSD undergraduates during the school term and for undergraduates from other institutions through summer research programs.

Faculty Liaisons

Antonio DeMaio, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chairman of Research, Department of Surgery, and Director, IMSD Program
Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of the Response to Stress

Seth Field, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Phosphoinositide signaling in cell biology and human disease

Kelly Frazer, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief, Division of Genomic Information Sciences, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine
Genetic predisposition to disease and individual responses to treatment, using genomic information

Theodore Friedmann, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Gene Therapy Lab
Assembly and in vivo targeting of viral vectors and non-viral nanoparticle vectors

Bruce A. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Director, UCSD Genetics Training Program
Genetic control of neural development and disease

Lorraine Pillus, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics Steering Committee
Chromatin regulation and transcriptional silencing in yeast

Amy Kiger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Functional genomics of cellular morphogenesis

Al La Spada, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor; Chief, Division of Genetics; Vice-chairman, Department of Pediatrics and
Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease

Mark A. Lawson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Reproductive Medicine and Chair, Diversity Committee
Mechanisms of reproductive hormone action and regulation of gene expression

Prashant Mali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Biotechnology development, organogenesis, and regenerative medicine

Alysson Muotri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Director, Stem Cell Program
Brain development, developmental disorders, stem cell biology

Karen Oegema, Ph.D.
Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Molecular mechanics of cell division

Gentry Patrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Neurobiology
Modulation of synaptic connections in the mammalian central nervous system

Joseph Vinetz, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Tropical infectious diseases, especially malaria and leptospirosis

Elizabeth Winzeler, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Using genome data to develop novel therapies for infectious diseases

Gene Yeo, Ph.D.
Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Computational approaches, functional RNA elements, and stem cell biology