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 for Second Year

U.S. News & World Report has, for the second year in a row, ranked UCSF #3 in Molecular Biology and Human Genetics. In their recent report for 2016, published October 24, 2016, benchmarked against 1000 institutions across 65 countries, UCSF was ranked #16 overall among all institutions (up from #23 from last year). In the area of Molecular Biology and Genetics, UCSF was ranked only behind 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, “Once again, this is an important recognition of the pre-eminence of UCSF in the area of genetics and human genetics as well as molecular biology. It is an exciting and affirming acknowledgment of our sustained major contributions in these areas — and one in which we should all be proud. Hearty congratulations to all of our IHG and UCSF members in Genetics and Molecular Biology.”

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

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