Sep 21, 2021  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Translational Genomics

Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower
1450 Biggy Street, NRT 2508
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9601
(323) 865-1591
Fax: (323) 442-2490


John D. Carpten, PhD, Professor and Chair, Director, Institute of Translational Genomics

Llewellyn James Cox, PhD, Adjunct Lecturer

David Wesley Craig, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, Co-Director, Institute of Translational Genomics

Brooke Erika Hjelm, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Translational Genomics​

Ron King, PhD, MBA, Adjunct Lecturer

Carol S. Lin, PhD, MAE, Associate Professor

Bodour Salhia, PhD, Associate Professor

Zarko Manojlovic, PhD, Assistant Professor of Research

Troy A. McEachron, PhD, Assistant Professor of Research

Enrique Israel Velazquez Villarreal, MD, PhD, MS, MPH, Assistant Professor of Research

Arman Nadershahi, JD, Adjunct Lecturer


The Department of Translational Genomics represents an academic department within the Keck School of Medicine of USC with a core mission of developing and driving genetic methodologies toward improvements in patient management and outcomes through translational research and training. 

Over the past decade, genomics has led to massive changes in biomedical research in which top medical schools lead in research and clinical trials by leveraging investments in genomics infrastructure coupled to strong bioinformatics. In particular, the emergence next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology has changed how systems are being studied at the molecular, cellular and systems level through hundreds of novel assays. Even further, these assays on NGS platforms have been translated to the clinic, changing how clinical researchers approach patient-driven trials. This may never be more evident than through the recent signing of bi-partisan legislation, the 21st Century Cures Act, the Precision Medicine Initiative, the Cancer Moonshot and the BRAIN Initiative. Genomics represents a central and foundational discipline underpinning these programs; it represents the emerging standard for molecular research. To be competitive small and large universities are making massive investments to build NGS infrastructure, expertise and informatics.

The department is committed to excellence in translational genomics education and research, bringing to bear vast experience and expertise in molecular genetics, genome science, biomedical informatics, translational science, and molecular medicine. The ultimate goal is to serve the Keck community by bridging basic and clinical research through discovery and validation of novel diagnostics and therapeutics for earlier diagnosis and smarter treatments.


Translational Biomedical Informatics (MS)  

Translational Biotechnology (MS)  

Translational Biotechnology Certificate  

Translation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Sciences Certificate  



    Translational Genomics