Julian Martinez-Agosto, M.D., Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

Dr. Martinez-Agosto is a board-certified medical geneticist, pediatrician, and developmental biologist. Born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, he attended Yale University for his undergraduate and graduate training.

Work Titles
UCLA Assistant Professor, Pediatrics Assistant Professor, Pediatric Genetics Assistant Professor, Medical Genetics Clinic Assistant Professor, Human Genetics Member, Cell & Developmental Biology GPB Home Area Member, Genetics & Genomics GPB Home Area Member, JCCC Signal Transduction and Therapeutics Program Area
M.D., Yale University, 1996 - 2000
2005 - 2005 ABMG, FACMG
2004 - 2004 ABP, FAAP
2005 American Board of Medical Genetics
2004 American Board of Pediatrics
Honors and Awards:
David W. Smith Pediatric Trainee Research Award of the Western Society for Pediatric Research
Pediatric Department Outstanding Research Award

Contact Information:

Lab Number:


Office Phone Number:

(310) 794-2405

Work Phone Number:

(310) 206-6581

Laboratory Address:

4554 Gonda

Mailing Address:

Department of Human Genetics
695 Charles E. Young Dr. South
Gonda 4554
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Office Address:

Gonda 4554B

Department of Human Genetics
695 Charles E. Young Drive South
Gonda 4554B
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Work Address:

Division of Medical Genetics
Department of Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
10833 LeConte Avenue, CHS 32-231
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Detailed Biography:

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.


A selected list of publications:

Dragojlovic-Munther Michelle, Martinez-Agosto Julian A   Extracellular matrix-modulated Heartless signaling in Drosophila blood progenitors regulates their differentiation via a Ras/ETS/FOG pathway and target of rapamycin function Developmental biology, 2013; .
Klein Steven, Sharifi-Hannauer Pantea, Martinez-Agosto Julian A   Macrocephaly as a clinical indicator of genetic subtypes in autism Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research, 2013; 6(1): 51-6.
Chang Vivian Y, Federman Noah, Martinez-Agosto Julian, Tatishchev Sergei F, Nelson Stanley F   Whole exome sequencing of pediatric gastric adenocarcinoma reveals an atypical presentation of Li-Fraumeni syndrome Pediatric blood & cancer, 2013; 60(4): 570-4.
Dragojlovic-Munther Michelle, Martinez-Agosto Julian A   Multifaceted roles of PTEN and TSC orchestrate growth and differentiation of Drosophila blood progenitors Development (Cambridge, England), 2012; 139(20): 3752-63.
Arboleda Valerie A, Lee Hane, Parnaik Rahul, Fleming Alice, Banerjee Abhik, Ferraz-de-Souza Bruno, Délot Emmanuèle C, Rodriguez-Fernandez Imilce A, Braslavsky Debora, Bergadá Ignacio, Dell'Angelica Esteban C, Nelson Stanley F, Martinez-Agosto Julian A, Achermann John C, Vilain Eric   Mutations in the PCNA-binding domain of CDKN1C cause IMAGe syndrome Nature genetics, 2012; 44(7): 788-92.
Klein Steven, Stroberg Albert, Ghahremani Shahnaz, Martinez-Agosto Julian A   Phenotypic progression of skeletal anomalies in CLOVES syndrome American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 2012; 158A(7): 1690-5.
Tieu Kevin S, Tieu Ryan S, Martinez-Agosto Julian A, Sehl Mary E   Stem cell niche dynamics: from homeostasis to carcinogenesis Stem cells international, 2012; 2012(7): 367567.
Lu Ake Tzu-Hui, Dai Xiaoxian, Martinez-Agosto Julian A, Cantor Rita M   Support for calcium channel gene defects in autism spectrum disorders Molecular autism, 2012; 3(1): 18.
Chang Vivian Y, Quintero-Rivera Fabiola, Baldwin Erin E, Woo Kathy, Martinez-Agosto Julian A, Fu Cecilia, Gomperts Brigitte N   B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia and cystinuria in a patient with duplication 22q11.21 detected by chromosomal microarray analysis Pediatric blood & cancer, 2011; 56(3): 470-3.
Mondal Bama Charan, Mukherjee Tina, Mandal Lolitika, Evans Cory J, Sinenko Sergey A, Martinez-Agosto Julian A, Banerjee Utpal   Interaction between Differentiating Cell- and Niche-Derived Signals in Hematopoietic Progenitor Maintenance Cell, 2011; 147(7): 1589-600.
Quintero-Rivera Fabiola, Sharifi-Hannauer Pantea, Martinez-Agosto Julian A   Autistic and psychiatric findings associated with the 3q29 microdeletion syndrome: case report and review American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 2010; 152A(10): 2459-67.
Quintero-Rivera Fabiola, Martinez-Agosto Julian A   Bilateral exophthalmos: Report of a case and review of a fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 mutation associated with non-penetrant Crouzon syndrome Journal of paediatrics and child health, 2010; 46(11): 693-5.
Cheli Verónica T, Daniels Richard W, Godoy Ruth, Hoyle Diego J, Kandachar Vasundhara, Starcevic Marta, Martinez-Agosto Julian A, Poole Stephen, DiAntonio Aaron, Lloyd Vett K, Chang Henry C, Krantz David E, Dell'Angelica Esteban C   Genetic modifiers of abnormal organelle biogenesis in a Drosophila model of BLOC-1 deficiency Human molecular genetics, 2010; 19(5): 861-78.
Sinenko Sergey A, Mandal Lolitika, Martinez-Agosto Julian A, Banerjee Utpal   Dual role of wingless signaling in stem-like hematopoietic precursor maintenance in Drosophila Developmental cell, 2009; 16(5): 756-63.
Bui Yen K, Renella Pierangelo, Martinez-Agosto Julian A, Verity Anthony, Madikians Andranik, Alejos Juan C   Danon disease with typical early-onset cardiomyopathy in a male: focus on a novel LAMP-2 mutation Pediatric transplantation, 2008; 12(2): 246-50.
Mandal Lolitika, Martinez-Agosto Julian A, Evans Cory J, Hartenstein Volker, Banerjee Utpal   A Hedgehog- and Antennapedia-dependent niche maintains Drosophila haematopoietic precursors Nature, 2007; 446(7133): 320-4.
Martinez-Agosto Julian A, Mikkola Hanna K A, Hartenstein Volker, Banerjee Utpal   The hematopoietic stem cell and its niche: a comparative view Genes & development, 2007; 21(23): 3044-60.
Martinez Agosto Julian A, McCabe Edward R B   Conserved family of glycerol kinase loci in Drosophila melanogaster Molecular genetics and metabolism, 2006; 88(4): 334-45.
Quintero-Rivera Fabiola, Martinez-Agosto Julian A   Hemifacial microsomia in cat-eye syndrome: 22q11.1-q11.21 as candidate loci for facial symmetry American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 2013; 161A(8): 1985-91.

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