The rise of affordable sequencing technologies is revolutionizing all areas of biology. This is most evident in the areas of areas of genetics, epigenetics, and genomics, where a number of faculty across the school of biological sciences and the medical school use genome-wide techniques to study gene regulation in development and disease, comparative genomics, the connection of epigenetic changes to metabolism, and cellular decision-making. Participants in this track benefit from interactions with students and faculty from UCI’s strong systems biology and modeling program as well as from workshops organized by the UCI Genomics High Throughput Facility.

The Genetics, Epigenetics, and Genomics program at UCI provides research training on the latest genome-wide techniques to study protein-DNA interactions, RNA expression, open chromatin, and long-range interaction in functional genomics, and personalized medicine. Students from this track will take graduate coursework in genetics and genomics while rotating through multiple laboratories to identify research topics of interest to them, which can span all of the areas of the CMB program in cell, developmental, cancer, immunology, and genetics with the emphasis on genome-wide analysis projects.

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Kyoko Yokomori
Biological Chemistry
Molecular mechanisms of chromosome dynamics and gene regulation


  • Steve Allisonallisons@uci.edu, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    Microbial ecology, modeling, and global environmental change
  • Bogi Andersenbogi@uci.edu, Medicine and Biological Chemistry
    Transcriptional regulation in the developmental biology of epidermis and mammary gland
  • Tallie Z. Baramtallie@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics and Anatomy & Neurobiology
    Epigenetic mechanisms in brain plasticity; stress, epilepsy, learning and memory
  • Emiliana Borrelliborrelli@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Dopaminergic system and glial cells in CNS development
  • Adriana Briscoeabriscoe@uci.edu, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
    Evolution of sensory systems
  • J.J. Emersonjje@uci.edu, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    Evolutionary genomics, population genetics, evolution of genetic novelty, natural genetic variation, structural genetic variation
  • Brandon Gautbgaut@uci.eduEcology & Evolutionary Biology
    Population genetics, molecular evolution, genome evolution.
  • Klemens Hertel, khertel@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Regulation of gene expression by alternative splicing
  • Todd Holmestholmes@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Phototransduction, non-image forming vision, circadian biology, voltage-gated potassium channels, neural circuit analysis, and behavior
  • Autumn S. Ivyaivy@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Role of exercise-induced chromatin modifications in brain plasticity and neural function, early-life periods of brain maturation
  • Grace Leegrylee@uci.edu, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    Population genetics, evolutionary genomics, epigenetics, transposable elements, Drosophila
  • Wei Li, wei.li@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry, Biological Chemistry Computational Cancer Epigenomics and Transcriptomics
  • Haoping Liuh4liu@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    MAP kinase signal transduction; dimorphic regulation in yeast
  • Anthony Longtdlong@uci.edu, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
     Population genetics, the genetics of complex traits, the genetics of adaptation, and bioinformatics
  • Jennifer B.H. Martinyjmartiny@uci.edu, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    Diversity, evolution, and functioning of microbial communities (microbiomes)
  • Ali Mortazaviali.mortazavi@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Applications of genomics, computation, and sequencing technologies to the analysis of transcriptional regulation in development
  • R. Michael Mulliganrmmullig@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    RNA editing in plant mitochondria and chloroplast
  • Trina M. Norden-Krichmar, tnordenk@uci.edu, Epidemiology  Bioinformatics, genomic and genetic factors in human health, computational methods
  • Feng Qiaoqiao@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Telomeres & telomerase and their roles in cancer and stem cell diseases; Structural, biochemical and molecular genetic analyses of nucleoprotein assemblies
  • Jose M. Ranzjranz@uci.edu, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    Functional and comparative genomics; Evolution of the expression network; Speciation.
  • Suzanne B. Sandmeyersbsandme@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Molecular genetics of a position-specific yeast retrovirus-like element
  • Marcus Seldinmseldin@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Systems genetics approaches to understand metabolism and physiology with a special emphasis on mechanisms of tissue-tissue communication
  • Yongsheng Shiyongshes@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    The role of post-transcriptional gene regulation in stem cells and cancer
  • Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, dorotask@hs.uci.edu, Ophthalmology and Physiology & Biophysics The focus of the lab is to understand the molecular mechanism of aging by studying the processes regulating age-related eye diseases, with an emphasis on coordinated changes in cellular, metabolic and transcriptional programs in conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Laboratory is a part of the Center for Translational Vision Research
  • Sha Sunshasun@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Long noncoding RNAs in epigenetic programming
  • Vivek Swarup, vswarup@uci.edu, Neurobiology and Behavior Integrative functional genomics approaches to understand brain function and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Kevin Thorntonkrthorn@uci.edu, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    Population genetics, quantitative genetics, and computational biology
  • Ping Wangphwang@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry, Physiology & Biophysics, and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Molecular hormone actions in diseases and stem cells
  • Katrine Whitesonkatrine@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Metagenomics, metabolomics and community culture models of host-associated microbial and viral communities in health and disease; human microbiome; microbial ecology.
  • Xiaohui Xiexhx@ics.uci.edu, Computer Science and Developmental & Cell Biology
    Computational biology, bioinformatics, and genomics
  • Qin Yangqiny3@uci.edu, Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics
    Cellular and molecular mechanisms for insulin resistance and energy expenditure in obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Kyoko Yokomorikyokomor@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Molecular mechanisms of chromosome dynamics and gene regulation
  • Michael Zaragoza,,mzaragoz@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry and Pediatrics
    Molecular mechanisms of inherited cardiovascular diseases

Faculty – Secondary Affiliation

  • Kevin Beierkbeier@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Identifying how experience modulates activity dynamics in neural circuits, both acutely and chronically
  • Claudia Benaventeclaudia.benavente@uci.edu, Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
    Understanding epigenetic deregulation in pediatric cancer tumorigenesis
  • Bruce Blumbergblumberg@uci.edu, Developmental and Cell Biology
    Gene regulation by nuclear hormone receptors in vertebrate development and adult physiology
  • Anne L. Calofalcalof@uci.edu, Anatomy & Neurobiology and Developmental & Cell Biology
    Regulation of stem cells in development and regeneration; genomic strategies for understanding the etiology and treatment of human neurodevelopmental disorders using transgenic mouse models
  • Ken W.-Y. Chokwcho@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Transcriptomic and epigenomic analysis in early vertebrate development
  • Jefferson Y. Chanjchan@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Regulation of genes associated with oxidative stress
  • Xing Daixdai@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Skin and mammary stem cells, Wnt signaling, chromatin, transcription
  • Robert Edwards , redwards@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, In Residence
    Pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Michael Hicksmrhicks1@hs.uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics Skeletal muscle, muscle stem cells, and iPSCs with a focus on regeneration and cell therapies for muscle wasting diseases
  • Cholsoon Jang, choljang@uci.edu , Biological Chemistry  Understanding how what we eat maintains health and causes diseases using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics and isotope tracing in disease animal models and human patients
  • Peter Kaiserpkaiser@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Cell cycle control; regulation of proteins by ubiquitination
  • Orkide Koyuncu, okoyuncu@hs.uci.edu, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Virus infections of the nervous system, and understanding the molecular mechanisms of alpha herpesvirus (HSV, PRV, VZV) invasion, latency establishment and reactivation in the peripheral nervous system neurons
  • Evgeny Kvonekvon@uci.edu, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Developmental and Cell Biology Using a combination of novel genomics tools, genome editing, and mouse developmental biology techniques to understand transcriptional regulation by enhancers in the context of mammalian development, evolution, and human congenital disorders
  • Gina Leeginalee@uci.edu Microbiology & Molecular Genetics RNA signaling and metabolism
  • Selma Masrismasri@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Cancer Biology, Circadian Rhythms, Epigenetics and Metabolism
  • Krzysztof Palczewski, kpalczew@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics                                                                                                                                            My research group uses multidisciplinary approaches aimed at developing a comprehensive understanding of vision, including gene expression and transcriptional regulation in phototransduction and the visual cycle to characterize the visual system in health and during diseases leading to blindness.
  • Nicholas Pannunzionrpann@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Understanding how internal and external sources of DNA damage lead to oncogenic genome rearrangements in B cell malignancies
  • Leslie M. Thompsonlmthomps@uci.edu, Psychiatry and Biological Chemistry
    Molecular and biochemical mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and therapeutic approaches to human neurodegenerative disease
  • Rahul Warriorrwarrior@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Developmental regulation of proteoglycan biosynthesis; Transcriptional response to BMP growth factor signaling
  • Travis Wilestravis.wiles@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Exploring the unseen connections between animals and the microbial world