Douglas Gould, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Ophthalmology
Department of Anatomy
Institute for Human Genetics
Research Description: 

Doug Gould, PhD is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Anatomy and a member of the Institute for Human Genetics. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Genetics from the University of Alberta in Edmonton followed by a PhD in Medical Genetics in the lab of Dr. Michael Walter. During his PhD, Dr. Gould studied the genetics of ocular anterior segment dysgenesis including the mapping and mutation screening of FOXC1 in patients with ocular dysgenesis.

Dr. Gould did his postdoctoral work wit Dr. Simon John at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. While still pursuing study of the genetics on ocular dysgenesis and glaucoma, Dr. Gould identified the first mammalian mutations in type IV collagen alpha 1 (COL4A1). In 2006 he joined the UCSF faculty where his lab studies the cellular mechanisms by which extracellular matrix components contribute to development and disease.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Vascular & Cardiac Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Research Summary: 
Genetic Dissection of Extracellular Matrix in Development and Disease


Featured Publications: 

Type IV Collagens and Basement Membrane Diseases: Cell Biology and Pathogenic Mechanisms.

Current topics in membranes

Mao M, Alavi MV, Labelle-Dumais C, Gould DB

Strain-Dependent Anterior Segment Dysgenesis and Progression to Glaucoma in Col4a1 Mutant Mice.

Investigative ophthalmology & visual science

Mao M, Smith RS, Alavi MV, Marchant JK, Cosma M, Libby RT, John SW, Gould DB

Allosteric inhibition of the IRE1a RNase preserves cell viability and function during endoplasmic reticulum stress.


Ghosh R, Wang L, Wang ES, Perera BG, Igbaria A, Morita S, Prado K, Thamsen M, Caswell D, Macias H, Weiberth KF, Gliedt MJ, Alavi MV, Hari SB, Mitra AK, Bhhatarai B, Schürer SC, Snapp EL, Gould DB, German MS, Backes BJ, Maly DJ, Oakes SA, Papa FR

Allelic heterogeneity contributes to variability in ocular dysgenesis, myopathy and brain malformations caused by Col4a1 and Col4a2 mutations.

Human molecular genetics

Kuo DS, Labelle-Dumais C, Mao M, Jeanne M, Kauffman WB, Allen J, Favor J, Gould DB

COL4A1 mutations cause ocular dysgenesis, neuronal localization defects, and myopathy in mice and Walker-Warburg syndrome in humans.

PLoS genetics

Labelle-Dumais C, Dilworth DJ, Harrington EP, de Leau M, Lyons D, Kabaeva Z, Manzini MC, Dobyns WB, Walsh CA, Michele DE, Gould DB