The UCSF Institute for Human Genetics (IHG) serves as the hub for all activities in human genetics at the University of California, San Francisco.


OUR MISSION is to create an exciting, productive, and collaborative environment for research, training, and clinical application in human genetics.

Our faculty span all four schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy), and many departments within those schools, reflecting the broad importance of human genetics both in basic scientific research and in modern day health care. The sequencing of the human genome, accompanied in recent years with the dramatic reduction in cost for obtaining an individual’s genome sequence, augurs a new era in translational human genetics, impacting not only rare, Mendelian diseases but effectively all diseases affecting the human population. The IHG and its members intend to be in the forefront of these transformational developments.


UCSF’s First Chief Genomics Officer

UCSF's First Chief Genomics OfficerThe IHG is delighted to welcome Aleksandar Rajkovic, MD, PhD, UCSF’s first-ever Chief Genomics Officer. With a joint appointment as UCSF professor in the departments of Pathology and of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Dr. Rajkovic serves as the Stuart Lindsay Distinguished Professor in Experimental Pathology.

Previously at the Magee-Womens Research Institute at UPMC, Dr. Rajkovic is a leading clinical geneticist and research scientist specializing in the genetics of fertility and reproduction.

At UCSF he will direct efforts to centralize UCSF’s genomics services across the health system, easing the way for UCSF physicians to obtain access to genetic testing for their patients. He will work closely with colleagues in Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Internal Medicine at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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