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Luke Judge


  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics


Dr. Judge completed his MD and PhD at University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA as a part of the Medical Scientist Training Program.  His graduate work was performed through the interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Biology program in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain, where he focused on dystrophin protein function and therapeutic gene replacement for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  He joined UCSF in 2008 as a fellow in the Molecular Medicine Training Program, where he completed his clinical training in Pediatrics and Neonatology.  His fellowship research was supported by a Clinical Scholar award from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, with Dr. Bruce Conklin at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease as his mentor.

Education & Training

  • University of California, San Francisco, CA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
  • University of California, San Francisco Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco Pediatrics
  • University of Washington Medicine
  • University of Washington Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Pomona College Chemistry

Research Activities & Funding

  • Allele-specific inactivation for dominant negative NEFL Mutations

    Sponsor: NIH R01NS119678

    Role: Principal Investigator


  • Juan A. Perez-Bermejo, Luke M. Judge, Christina L. Jensen, Kenneth Wu, Hannah L. Watry, Annie Truong, Jaclyn J. Ho, Matthew Carter, Wendy V. Runyon, Robyn M. Kaake, Ernst H. Pulido, Mohammad A. Mandegar, Danielle L. Swaney, Po-Lin So, Nevan J. Krogan, Bruce R. Conklin. Functional analysis of a common BAG3 allele associated with protection from heart failure. Nature Cardiovascular Research. 2023 Jun 26; 2(7):615-628.
  • Feliciano CM, Wu K, Watry HL, Marley CBE, Ramadoss GN, Ghanim HY, Liu AZ, Zholudeva LV, McDevitt TC, Saporta MA, Conklin BR, Judge LM. Allele-Specific Gene Editing Rescues Pathology in a Human Model of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Type 2E. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2021; 9:723023. PubMed
  • Vila OF, Chavez M, Ma SP, Yeager K, Zholudeva LV, Colón-Mercado JM, Qu Y, Nash TR, Lai C, Feliciano CM, Carter M, Kamm RD, Judge LM, Conklin BR, Ward ME, McDevitt TC, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Bioengineered optogenetic model of human neuromuscular junction. Biomaterials. 2021 09; 276:121033. PubMed
  • Watry HL, Feliciano CM, Gjoni K, Takahashi G, Miyaoka Y, Conklin BR, Judge LM. Rapid, precise quantification of large DNA excisions and inversions by ddPCR. Sci Rep. 2020 09 10; 10(1):14896. PubMed
  • Juan A Perez-Bermejo, Luke M Judge, Kenneth Wu, Christina L Jensen, Robyn M Kaake, Danielle Swaney, Po-Lin So, Nevan J Krogan, Bruce R Conklin. Abstract 934: Physical and Genetic Interaction Analyses in Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes to Study Protein Quality Control Disease in the Heart. Circulation Research. 2019 Aug 2; 125(Suppl_1).
  • Song M, Yang X, Ren X, Maliskova L, Li B, Jones IR, Wang C, Jacob F, Wu K, Traglia M, Tam TW, Jamieson K, Lu SY, Ming GL, Li Y, Yao J, Weiss LA, Dixon JR, Judge LM, Conklin BR, Song H, Gan L, Shen Y. Mapping cis-regulatory chromatin contacts in neural cells links neuropsychiatric disorder risk variants to target genes. Nat Genet. 2019 08; 51(8):1252-1262. PubMed
  • Wienert B, Wyman SK, Richardson CD, Yeh CD, Akcakaya P, Porritt MJ, Morlock M, Vu JT, Kazane KR, Watry HL, Judge LM, Conklin BR, Maresca M, Corn JE. Unbiased detection of CRISPR off-targets in vivo using DISCOVER-Seq. Science. 2019 Apr 19; 364(6437):286-289. PubMed
  • Michael Song, Xiaoyu Yang, Xingjie Ren, Lenka Maliskova, Bingkun Li, Ian Jones, Chao Wang, Fadi Jacob, Kenneth Wu, Michela Traglia, Tsz Wai Tam, Kirsty Jamieson, Si-Yao Lu, Guo-Li Ming, Jun Yao, Lauren A. Weiss, Jesse Dixon, Luke M. Judge, Bruce R. Conklin, Hongjun Song, Li Gan, Yin Shen. cis-Regulatory Chromatin Contacts in Neural Cells Reveal Contributions of Genetic Variants to Complex Neurological Disorders. bioRxiv. 2018 Dec 13; 494450.
  • Beeke Wienert, Stacia K Wyman, Christopher D Richardson, Charles D Yeh, Pinar Akcakaya, Michelle J Porritt, Michaela Morlock, Jonathan T Vu, Katelynn R Kazane, Hannah L Watry, Luke M Judge, Bruce R Conklin, Marcello Maresca, Jacob E Corn. Unbiased detection of CRISPR off-targets in vivo using DISCOVER-Seq. bioRxiv. 2018 Nov 14; 469635.
  • Abu-El-Haija A, Fineman J, Connolly AJ, Murali P, Judge LM, Slavotinek AM. Two patients with FOXF1 mutations with alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins and other malformations: Two different presentations and outcomes. Am J Med Genet A. 2018 12; 176(12):2877-2881. PubMed
  • Nelson DM, Lindsay A, Judge LM, Duan D, Chamberlain JS, Lowe DA, Ervasti JM. Variable rescue of microtubule and physiological phenotypes in mdx muscle expressing different miniaturized dystrophins. Hum Mol Genet. 2018 08 01; 27(15):2773. PubMed
  • Nelson DM, Lindsay A, Judge LM, Duan D, Chamberlain JS, Lowe DA, Ervasti JM. Variable rescue of microtubule and physiological phenotypes in mdx muscle expressing different miniaturized dystrophins. Hum Mol Genet. 2018 06 15; 27(12):2090-2100. PubMed
  • Judge LM, Perez-Bermejo JA, Truong A, Ribeiro AJ, Yoo JC, Jensen CL, Mandegar MA, Huebsch N, Kaake RM, So PL, Srivastava D, Pruitt BL, Krogan NJ, Conklin BR. A BAG3 chaperone complex maintains cardiomyocyte function during proteotoxic stress. JCI Insight. 2017 Jul 20; 2(14). PubMed
  • Huebsch N, Loskill P, Deveshwar N, Spencer CI, Judge LM, Mandegar MA, Fox CB, Mohamed TM, Ma Z, Mathur A, Sheehan AM, Truong A, Saxton M, Yoo J, Srivastava D, Desai TA, So PL, Healy KE, Conklin BR. Miniaturized iPS-Cell-Derived Cardiac Muscles for Physiologically Relevant Drug Response Analyses. Sci Rep. 2016 Apr 20; 6:24726. PubMed
  • Mandegar MA, Huebsch N, Frolov EB, Shin E, Truong A, Olvera MP, Chan AH, Miyaoka Y, Holmes K, Spencer CI, Judge LM, Gordon DE, Eskildsen TV, Villalta JE, Horlbeck MA, Gilbert LA, Krogan NJ, Sheikh SP, Weissman JS, Qi LS, So PL, Conklin BR. CRISPR Interference Efficiently Induces Specific and Reversible Gene Silencing in Human iPSCs. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Apr 07; 18(4):541-53. PubMed
  • Huebsch N, Loskill P, Mandegar MA, Marks NC, Sheehan AS, Ma Z, Mathur A, Nguyen TN, Yoo JC, Judge LM, Spencer CI, Chukka AC, Russell CR, So PL, Conklin BR, Healy KE. Automated Video-Based Analysis of Contractility and Calcium Flux in Human-Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes Cultured over Different Spatial Scales. Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2015 May; 21(5):467-79. PubMed
  • Miyaoka Y, Chan AH, Judge LM, Yoo J, Huang M, Nguyen TD, Lizarraga PP, So PL, Conklin BR. Isolation of single-base genome-edited human iPS cells without antibiotic selection. Nat Methods. 2014 Mar; 11(3):291-3. PubMed
  • Judge LM, Arnett AL, Banks GB, Chamberlain JS. Expression of the dystrophin isoform Dp116 preserves functional muscle mass and extends lifespan without preventing dystrophy in severely dystrophic mice. Hum Mol Genet. 2011 Dec 15; 20(24):4978-90. PubMed
  • Banks GB, Judge LM, Allen JM, Chamberlain JS. The polyproline site in hinge 2 influences the functional capacity of truncated dystrophins. PLoS Genet. 2010 May 20; 6(5):e1000958. PubMed
  • Li D, Bareja A, Judge L, Yue Y, Lai Y, Fairclough R, Davies KE, Chamberlain JS, Duan D. Sarcolemmal nNOS anchoring reveals a qualitative difference between dystrophin and utrophin. J Cell Sci. 2010 Jun 15; 123(Pt 12):2008-13. PubMed
  • Lai Y, Thomas GD, Yue Y, Yang HT, Li D, Long C, Judge L, Bostick B, Chamberlain JS, Terjung RL, Duan D. Dystrophins carrying spectrin-like repeats 16 and 17 anchor nNOS to the sarcolemma and enhance exercise performance in a mouse model of muscular dystrophy. J Clin Invest. 2009 Mar; 119(3):624-35. PubMed
  • Judge LM, Haraguchiln M, Chamberlain JS. Dissecting the signaling and mechanical functions of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex. J Cell Sci. 2006 Apr 15; 119(Pt 8):1537-46. PubMed
  • Judge LM, Chamberlain JS. Gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy: AAV leads the way. Acta Myol. 2005 Dec; 24(3):184-93. PubMed
  • Andersen HS, Olsen OH, Iversen LF, Sørensen AL, Mortensen SB, Christensen MS, Branner S, Hansen TK, Lau JF, Jeppesen L, Moran EJ, Su J, Bakir F, Judge L, Shahbaz M, Collins T, Vo T, Newman MJ, Ripka WC, Møller NP. Discovery and SAR of a novel selective and orally bioavailable nonpeptide classical competitive inhibitor class of protein-tyrosine phosphatase 1B. J Med Chem. 2002 Sep 26; 45(20):4443-59. PubMed
  • Jesper F Lau, Thomas Kruse Hansen, John Paul Kilburn, Karla Frydenvang, Daniel D Holsworth, Yu Ge, Roy T Uyeda, Luke M Judge, Henrik Sune Andersen. A convenient large-scale chiral synthesis of protected 2-substituted 4-oxo-piperidine derivatives. Tetrahedron. 2002 Sep 1; 58(36):7339-7344.
  • Niswender CM, Ishihara RW, Judge LM, Zhang C, Shokat KM, McKnight GS. Protein engineering of protein kinase A catalytic subunits results in the acquisition of novel inhibitor sensitivity. J Biol Chem. 2002 Aug 09; 277(32):28916-22. PubMed
  • Luke M. Judge, Daniel J. O'Leary, Gary Fujii, Craig Skenes, Tom Paquette, Richard T. Proffitt. A hydrazino nicotinamide derivative of cholesterol for radiolabelling liposomes with 99mTc. Journal of Labelled Compounds and Radiopharmaceuticals. 1999 Jan 1; 42(1):23-28.
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