The Institute for Human Genetics (IHG) serves as the hub for all activities in human genetics at UCSF.

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.


Kathy Hyland honored with the UCSF Distinction in Teaching Award

Katherine Hyland, PhD

The IHG is proud to announce that Katherine Hyland, PhD was awarded the 2020 Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award. Dr. Hyland is Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, member of the UCSF Institute for Human Genetics and the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, and serves as Director of the Medical Genetics Theme in the SOM Curriculum.

Notably, Dr. Hyland became the Chair of the IHG Education Committee in 2018, leading the charge to assess needs and promote excellence in human genetics and genomics education across all UCSF schools and training programs. Due to her leadership, educational resources will be more readily available to all at UCSF, including a new Education section of the IHG website.

The Distinction in Teaching Award is selected by committees comprised of faculty and student representatives from all four schools at UCSF. Dr. Hyland says, “I’m honored and humbled to be recognized in this way. My main goal is for our students to become genomically literate physicians, and I feel this award honors why I do what I do!”

Dr. Hyland will be honored at the Senate’s Distinguished Faculty Awards Ceremony in fall 2020.

Katherine Hyland’s UCSF Profile | Award Announcement

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