Neil Risch, PhD

Director, Institute for Human Genomics

Dr. Neil Risch is a statistical geneticist working in both clinical and population genetics.

Dr. Risch has been involved in large research projects on genetic susceptibility to hypertension, cardiovascular disease and torsion dystonia. He has a project underway on genetic and environmental causes of multiple sclerosis and is working with other UCSF researchers on a study of genetic factors that affect response to antidepressant medications. He is also collaborating on projects to uncover the genetic causes of autism spectrum disorders.

Before coming to UCSF in 2004, Dr. Risch was professor of genetics at Stanford and a professor of biostatistics at Yale University. He has been described as “the statistical geneticist of our time.”