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.
Ray White’s pioneering research created the foundation for modern human genetics, which has transformed our understanding of human disease. The IHG is proud to recognize White, honoring his many contributions.
His seminal role in the technical development of human genetic linkage maps included collection of the CEPH family mapping set universally employed for map development, and development of new, highly polymorphic repeat markers (VNTRs). White’s genetic mapping efforts were foundational to the Human Genome Project, which sequenced the human genome.
He used these reagents to genetically map and clone many important human disease genes and studied the in vitro functions of their proteins. White also leaves a legacy in the generation of young scientists and physician scientists he trained that have gone on to discover genes underlying a broad array of human diseases and normal behaviors.
Join us in honoring genetics pioneer Raymond L. White
The IHG Symposium will be held Monday, June 22, 2020 at 10:45-6:30 in Genentech Hall on the UCSF Mission Bay campus and will include a poster session with awards for trainees, and a panel discussion on “The Future of Human Genetics.”