Nathan Young, PhD

Nathan Young, PhD

Associate Professor
Orthopaedic Trauma Institute - Young Lab
Orthopaedic Trauma Institute at Zuckerberg San Francisco General - Trauma & Problem Fractures


Grants & Awards

  • A Predictive Developmental Morphospace Model of Cleft Lip
    2020-09-03 - 2021-08-31
    NIH R56DE029124
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • The developmental genetic basis for evolutionary variation in the hominin shoulder
    2015-07-01 - 2018-06-30
    NSF BCS-1518596
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • A Molecular Investigation of Growth and Shape Variation in Cleft-Lip Etiology
    2007-09-01 - 2009-08-31
    NIH F32DE018596
    Role: Principal Investigator


Postdoctoral Studies University of California, San Francisco 2007
Postdoctoral Studies Stanford University 2006
Postdoctoral Studies University of Calgary 2004
Ph.D. Harvard University 2003
B.A. New College of Florida 1995

About Nathan Young, PhD

My research utilizes the concepts of variation, functional compromise, and historical constraint as fundamental explanatory principles to address basic biomedical questions through the lens of evolution. My lab combines classical embryology in a range of model and non-model systems with modern genetic tools and advanced methods for quantifying and comparing phenotypes at a range of scales. This approach yields significant insights into not only the processes that contribute to evolutionary diversity among species, but also how individual differences ranging from normal to disease states are generated. My research therefore investigates both normal mechanisms of development as well as the etiology of structural birth defects, and is relevant to longstanding goals of providing personalized and predictive medicine.