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 Ranked #3 Globally in Molecular Biology and Genetics

U.S. News and World ReportU.S. News & World Report has created a new system to rank universities globally.  In their recent report for 2015, published in October, benchmarked against 750 institutions across 60 countries, UCSF was ranked #23. However, in the area of Molecular Biology and Genetics, UCSF was ranked #3, following only Harvard and MIT. The evaluation is based primarily on global and regional reputation and publications and citation impact.

Responding to the ranking, IHG Director Neil Risch, PhD said, “This is an important recognition of the prominence of UCSF in the area of genetics and human genetics, as well as molecular biology more generally. Because the ranking is based primarily on the reputation of our faculty members and their published research, it is an exciting and affirming acknowledgment of the major contributions we have made over the past years and currently, and one in which we should all be proud. Hearty congratulations to all of our IHG members and beyond.”

For more information about the ranking methodology, please see the article.

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