Carla M. Koehler, Ph.D.


Lab Director, Koehler Lab

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology

Member, Brain Research Institute

Cell & Developmental Biology GPB Home Area

JCCC Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Program Area

Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Molecular Biology Institute


Researcher, Biochemistry

Chemical Biology

Awards and Honors:

American Heart Association Established Investigator Award

Iowa State University Outstanding Young Alumna Award

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award

Burroughs Wellcome Fund New Investigator Award in the Toxicological Sciences

Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Society Scholar Award

American Heart Association Young Investigator Award

Research Corporation Research Innovation Award

NSF International Fellowship

Contact Information

Fax Number: (310) 206-4038
Lab Number: 1 (310) 825-8427
Work Phone Number: 1 (310) 794-4834

Laboratory Address:

Young Hall 4043

Mailing Address:

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry UCLA
Mail Code: 156905
607 Charles Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Work Address:

Young Hall 4041A


Professor Koehler has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1999. She came to UCLA after doing post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr Gottfried Schatz at the Biozentrum, Basel, Switzerland. Her research characterized a new protein import pathway in the mitochondrion and linked a defect in protein import with the inherited disease deafness-dystonia syndrome. Dr. Koehler completed her graduate studies at Iowa State University, characterizing the inheritance of mitochondrial DNA during her M.S. studies and studying dimorphism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae . Dr. Koehler is a former Damon Runyon Scholar and current Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. Dr. Koehler is an Associate Editor for Current Genetics . She has been a member of the Molecular Biology Institute, Jonsson Cancer Center, and the Brain Research Institute since 1999. Her current research focuses on developing vertebrate models for mitochondrial diseases as well as using yeast for mechanistic studies on mitochondrial biogenesis.