Topics and Expertise: evolution

Regulatory DNA opens a window through time

Research on Neanderthal DNA reveals new details about our evolutionary cousins

Ahituv Lab research finds how bats grow wings, with implications for human limb development

Researchers in the laboratory of UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty member Nadav Ahituv, PhD, study the roles of gene regulatory elements—DNA segments that tell genes when, where, and to what extent to turn on and off—including in human conditions ranging from limb malformations to epilepsy and autism.

James Fraser, PhD

Department Chair and Professor

I coordinate the School’s broad research efforts, aiming to catalyze collaborations across labs, departments, the university, and outside institutions. Additionally, I aim to improve the evaluation of research in hiring and promotion and ensure that our research agenda aligns well with staff and...

Dill and Bradford shed light on evolution

A computer model can now give scientists clues about how different chemicals could be attracted to each other and form more complicated molecules. This information, in turn, could shed light on how the universe was formed and how life emerged.