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 relate more directly to human health. Research includes a wide variety of organisms including microbes, plants, fungi, worms, flies, fishes, rodents, and human subjects. Our faculty are internationally recognized and have been widely honored. Several members of the training faculty enjoy the support and affiliation of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research or the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 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.
Ludmil Alexandrov, Ph.D.

Vineet Bafna, Ph.D.
Chris Benner, Ph.D.
Eric Bennett, Ph.D.*
Steven Briggs, Ph.D.

Aaron Carlin, M.D., 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.
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.
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.
Kuo-Fen Lee, Ph.D.

Amit Majithia, M.D.
Prashant Mali, Ph.D.
Graham McVicker, Ph.D.*
Pamela L. Mellon, 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.
Scott Rifkin, Ph.D.
Cory Root, Ph.D.
Michael G. Rosenfeld, M.D.

Maike Sander, M.D,. Ph.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.
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.

*Member added or renewed Summer 2021 - welcome!