Julian A. Martinez-Agosto is a medical geneticist and developmental biologist who has served on the UCLA School of Medicine faculty since he joined the Department of Human Genetics in 2007. Dr. Martinez earned his B.S. in Biology and Spanish Literature at Yale University and pursued his medical training at Yale School of Medicine. He went on to train as a Pediatrician at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Dr. Martinez-Agosto was Chief Resident of the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Program, where he trained as and currently is a board certified Medical Geneticist. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Utpal Banerjee at UCLA, where he worked on blood cell development in Drosophila. Dr. Martinez is a recipient of the Pediatric Department Outstanding Research Award, as well as the David W. Smith Pediatric Trainee Research Award of the Western Society for Pediatric Research, among other honors. Dr. Martinez-Agosto is a member of the Division of Medical Genetics, where he has maintained a clinical interest in genetic syndromes that lead to overgrowth, vascular malformations, and cancer predisposition. His laboratory research focuses on novel growth regulatory pathways in progenitor and stem cell maintenance and the study of human growth disorders with cancer predisposition.

Work Titles/Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Pediatric Genetics, Medical Genetics Clinic
  • Human Genetics Member
  • CTSI
  • Cell & Developmental Biology GPB Home Area,
  • Genetics & Genomics GPB Home Area
  • JCCC Signal Transduction and Therapeutics Program Area

Research Interests

Our research program focuses on the molecular regulation of stem cell progenitors. The major areas of investigation are:

1. In vivo regulation of niche-stem cell interactions

2. Adult tissue reprogramming and regeneration

3. Genetic models of cancer predisposition syndromes