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.
Two long-term genetics faculty retired on June 30, 2013. We would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge their long term contributions to the field of human genetics both locally and nationally/internationally.
Jane Gitscher, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Associate Director of the IHG, and Seymour “Sy” Packman, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics have devoted upwards of 60 years (combined) to UCSF. Both have a strong history of training students and seeking answers to genetic questions — Sy on the clinical side and Jane at the bench and in the classroom. They also collaborated on a research project to study disorders of copper transport caused by gene mutations. Both are internationally recognized for their long and productive careers, numerous important findings, and service to human genetics organizationally.
Human Genetics at UCSF owes its prominence today to faculty like Sy and Jane who energetically pushed for greater Genetics presence in the curriculum and in the clinics. We are grateful for their participation and contributions to the Institute for Human Genetics and look forward to seeing them at future IHG events as emeritus/emerita faculty!