Nathan Young, PhD

Nathan Young, PhD

Nathan Young, PhD

Assistant Professor
Basic Science
Orthopaedic Trauma Institute - Young Lab


Orthopaedic Trauma Institute at Zuckerberg San Francisco General



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


Grants & Awards

  • The developmental genetic basis for evolutionary variation in the hominin shoulder
    July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018
    NSF BCS-1518596
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • A Molecular Investigation of Growth and Shape Variation in Cleft-Lip Etiology
    September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2009
    NIH/NIDCR F32DE018596
    Role: Principal Investigator

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About Nathan Young, PhD

I address basic biomedical research questions through the lens of evolution, utilizing variation, functional compromise, and historical constraint as fundamental explanatory principles. My research program combines classical embryology, modern genetic tools with advanced methods for quantifying and comparing phenotypes at a range of scales. When combined with mechanistic insights from experimental systems, this approach yields significant insights into the generation of individual phenotypes, both normal and abnormal. This approach has significance for understanding not only the processes that contribute to evolutionary diversity, but also the individual phenotypic differences found within species and among individuals, including dysmorphologies associated with human disease states. My research therefore includes the study of normal mechanisms of development as well as the etiology of congenital developmental defects, and is strongly relevant to longstanding goals of providing personalized and predictive medicine.

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