Awards : Hall of Fame Award

Julie Korenberg, Ph.D., M.D. ‘79

Julie Korenberg, Ph.D., M.D. ’79 is an internationally recognized leader in human genetics. For the past three decades, she has been at the forefront of modern genetics, pioneering the field of human molecular cytogenetics, and answering basic questions of genome structure and evolution. Korenberg created the first Integrated Human BAC Resource, linked the human genome sequence to cancer and helped to improve the chance for earlier cancer diagnosis worldwide.

Her seminal advances in the Human Genome Project were recognized in the critical papers mapping and sequencing the human genome. She also pioneered the genetic understanding of congenital heart disease and brain development identifying genes for syndromes with associated chromosomal abnormalities.

In the past ten years she has focused on human behavior and cognition, and is responsible for major advancements in the understanding of genes responsible for brain structure and function in Down syndrome and Williams syndrome. This past year she identified new genetic origins of Williams syndrome, provided clues to the genetic basis of essential hypertension and identified cerebral pathways underlying human emotion and social behavior. Korenberg has 142 peer-reviewed papers and is a sought after international speaker. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and advisorships to foundations.

Korenberg is professor of human genetics and pediatrics at the Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA and holds the Geri and Richard Brawerman Endowed Chair in molecular genetics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she is the vice-chair for pediatric research and director of the Division of Neurogenetics. She is also adjunct professor at the Salk Institute. Korenberg’s research has been supported by the NIH, NICHD, NHLBI, the US Department of Energy, and the McDonnell Foundation.