Dr. Hamilton is Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Director of the UCSD Genetics Training Program, Training Area Leader for Genetics and Genomics in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, and a co-founder and Associate Director of the UCSD Institute for Genomic Medicine. He graduated Revelle College at UCSD in 1986. He completed his PhD at Caltech, using Drosophila genetics and developing new genetic methods to understand development of the nervous system, including isolation of the first receptor tyrosine phosphatase mutation. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute, he extended genetic and genomic approaches to positional cloning of genes in human disease and experimental mouse models, including the classical mutations staggerer and vibrator. In 1998, Dr. Hamilton returned to UCSD as Assistant Professor in the Division of Genetics. His laboratory is interested in genetic control of neural development, modifier gene networks, and genetic variation in neural control of blood pressure. His work has been funded by several NIH Institutes, the March of Dimes and the Pew Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciences.