Our goal is to provide exceptional clinical care and catalyze breakthroughs in science to understand the causes of genetic diseases and develop cures.


Welcome to the Pediatric Division of Genetics!  The Pediatric Genetics Division was founded by distinguished UCSD Professor Dr. William Nyhan.  Since its founding, Division members have advanced the discovery, scientific knowledge and clinical care of many rare genetic conditions and fundamental genetic principles.  The Division has several internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields. Many of the faculty have held leadership positions in national organizations, including most notably the Presidencies of the American College of Medical Genetics (Dr. Marilyn Jones) and the American Society of Gene Therapy (Dr. Theodore Friedmann).

Today, the Division carries on this legacy through leadership and excellence in 
clinical care, research, teaching, and service. There have been a number of significant developments for the Division, including:
  • ACGME accredited Clinical Genetics fellowship training program 
  • Receipt of extramural grant awards totaling more than $5 million, making the Division a leader in acquisition of research funding for the Department
  • Receipt of national and international awards by Division faculty in recognition of outstanding contributions to academic research and clinical medicine.
We invite you to get to know our program and our faculty!

On behalf of the Genetics faculty, 


Best Life: Experimental treatment for cystinosis

It’s a disease that slowly and aggressively attacks your organs, tissues, muscles, bones, eyes, even your brain. Dr. Stephanie Cherqui  and her  experimental gene therapy approach to treating cystinosis featured in WMC Action News 5's Best Life 


Statins Reduce COVID-19 Severity, Likely by Removing Cholesterol That Virus Uses to Infect

Analyzing anonymized patient medical records, UC San Diego researchers discovered that cholesterol-lowering statins reduced risk of severe COVID-19 infection, while lab experiments uncovered a cellular mechanism that helps explain why.