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.


Fu and Kwok receive high honor from Academia Sinica

Ying-Hui Fu, PhD and Pui-Yan Kwok, MD, PhD

Pui-Yan Kwok, MD, PhD and Ying-Hui Fu, PhD

Pui-Yan Kwok, MD, PhD and Ying-Hui Fu, PhD were both elected to the National Academy of Taiwan, Academia Sinica, in July 2018.

Ying-Hui Fu’s accomplishments include ground-breaking studies in the genetics of sleep behaviors, identifying mutations that affect human sleep behavioral patterns and insights into mammalian circadian rhythm regulation. She is also known for characterizing demyelinating forms of neurodegenerative disorders, and identified trinucleotide repeat expansions as the molecular basis of genetic anticipation. In addition to the honor bestowed by Academia Sinica, Ying-Hui was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in May 2018, and to the National Academy of Medicine in October 2018.

In 2017, Pui assumed directorship of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, while maintaining his roles at UCSF as Director of the IHG Genomics Core Facility and member of the executive committee, principal investigator of the NBSeq and P3EGS studies, and as professor in the CRVI and Department of Dermatology. Known for developing and applying modern tools for human genomic analysis, in Taiwan, Pui is developing a program to advance precision medicine and human genetics in Asia.

We congratulate both Ying-Hui Fu and Pui-Yan Kwok on receiving these distinguished honors.

Academia Sinica announcement
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