Daniel H. Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.

Daniel H Geschwind

Professor-in-Residence, Neurology, University of California Los Angeles

Professor-in-Residence, Human Genetics, University of California Los Angeles

(310) 794-6570

695 Charles E Young Dr South
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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695 Charles E Young Dr South
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Dr. Geschwind is the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, Neurology and Psychiatry at UCLA. In his capacity as Senior Associate Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Precision Health, he leads the Institute for Precision Health (IPH) at UCLA, where he oversees campus precision health initiatives. In his laboratory, his group has pioneered the application of systems biology methods in neurologic and psychiatric disease, with a focus on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and neurodegenerative conditions. His group made major contributions to identifying genetic causes of ASD and defined the molecular pathology of autism and other psychiatric disorders using gene network analysis. He has led pioneering studies extending these integrative genomics methods to elucidate the mechanisms by which genetic risk for neuropsychiatric disease impacts brain development and function. In addition to having served on multiple scientific advisory boards, including the Faculty of 1000 Medicine, the Scientific Advisory Board for the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the NIMH Advisory Council and the NIH Council of Councils, he currently serves on the editorial boards of Cell, Neuron and Science. He has received several awards for his laboratory’s work and is an elected Member of the American Association of Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine.

Awards and Honors

  • Paul G. Allen Foundation Distinguished Investigator Award, 2015.
  • Harold Brenner Pepinsky Early Career Award in Neurobehavioral Science, Ohio State University, 2006.
  • Scientific Service Award, Autism Speaks, 2008.
  • Election to both American Academy of Physicians and National Academy of Medicine.
  • Derek Denny Brown Neurology Scholar Award, American Neurological Association, 2004.
  • MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award, NIMH, 2006-2015.
  • Wiersma Visiting Professor, California Institute of Technology, 2012.
  • Highly cited researchers (H > 150).
  • Gold Medal Award, Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP), 2021.
  • Kavli Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of California, San Diego, 2007.
  • Frontier Award.
  • Alpha Phi Omega Medical Honor Society, Yale University, 1991.
  • 2022 Cotzias Lecture and Award, the American Academy of Neurology, 2022.
  • Multiple Presidential and named plenary lectures and visiting professorships.
  • McDonnell-Pew Foundation Award in Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • 2022 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, National Academy of Medicine, 2022.