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.


IHG at ASHG 2016

UCSF has a longstanding relationship to the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), dating back to the arrival of Charlie and Lois Epstein at UCSF in 1967. Three UCSF faculty members have served as ASHG presidents, and many more have received prestigious awards.

This year, we will start a new tradition of highlighting faculty, postdocs, students and staff participating in the ASHG 2016 meeting on October 17-22 in Vancouver, BC. A PDF of the 2016 schedule of UCSF presentations by name and abstract title is here.

Each year, our students and postdocs are among the semifinalists and finalists for the coveted Charles Epstein Trainee Awards. This year, we are proud to report that graduate student Rachel Gate (Ye Lab) was a semifinalist, and postdoc Joshua Hoffman (Witte Lab) is a finalist, for the Epstein Award.

All UCSF faculty, alumni, trainees and staff are warmly invited to attend a reception hosted by IHG and Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics on Wednesday, October 19 @ 7:00pm – 11:00pm at Tap & Barrel – Convention Centre at 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver.

For more information, please contact Lynn Duncan at 415.476.1127 | lynn.duncan@ucsf.edu

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