About the Department of Translational Genomics

Mission Statement

We are deeply committed to excellence in translational genomics research, bringing to bear vast experience and expertise in molecular genetics, genome science, biomedical informatics, translational science, and molecular medicine. Our 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.


John D. Carpten, Ph.D., Professor And Chair

John Carpten, PhD, serves as the chair of the Department of Translational Genomics building a collaborative effort to redefine and further precision medicine. Carpten is an award-winning genomic scientist who is renowned for his key discoveries and contributions in the fields of cancer genetics and genomics.

David Wesley Craig, Ph.D., Professor And Vice-Chair

David Wesley Craig, Ph.D. serves as Vice-Chair and co-director of the Institute of Translational Genomics. He brings expertise in bioinformatics and large data analytics under a goal of bridging these expertise to create a world-class training environment for the next-generation of physician-scientist-informaticians. Reaching this goals requires a world-class medical school, state-of-the-art biotechnology, and informatics infrastructure.