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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

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

Bruce A. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Director, UCSD Genetics Training Program
Genetic control of neural development and 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.
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Biotechnology development, organogenesis, and regenerative medicine

Alysson Muotri, Ph.D.
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 and
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular mechanics of cell division

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

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


NIGMS Enhancing Diversity in Training

NIGMS Training Programs

UCSD Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

UCSD Office for Students with Disabilities

UCSD summer research opportunities for undergraduates

AccessSTEM - Universal Design Resources

Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

American Society of Human Genetics education pages

National Center for College Students with Disabilities