Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship

Aims Statement

Through our Laboratory Genetics and Genomics fellowship program we intend to produce laboratory geneticists competent to discover pathogenic genetic defects underlying human ailments, to develop laboratory assays to detect genetic alterations (germline and somatic) in clinical samples, to interpret results, and to effectively communicate these results to non-geneticist direct care providers. To this end, we recruit medical graduates with residency training in Pathology, Pediatrics, or Internal medicine; or doctoral graduates in the field of Biology, Genetics or Molecular Biology. Graduated fellows are well prepared to develop independent career in an academic setting or in a private laboratory to direct a full-service genetics laboratory that provides a comprehensive testing menu from chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization, cytogenomic microarrays, molecular assays including next generation sequencing. They are also well prepared to make scientific contributions to the existing knowledge.


The Laboratory Genetics and Genomics (LGG) Fellowship offered in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSWMC) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This is a two year program designed per the guidelines of the ACGME to gain eligibility to take the LGG certification of examination of the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG).

The training is intense, covering clinical cytogenetics and clinical molecular genetics, and also provides basic laboratory training in biochemical and forensic genetics, and in clinical and cancer genetics. Although much of the two year time is allocated to meet the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics-mandated course, we strongly encourage scholarly activity in areas of personal interest throughout the training period. The trainees spend at least 18 months in the core training areas (cytogenetics and molecular genetics), and one month each in the ancillary areas (biochemical genetics, clinical genetics, cancer genetics, fetal genetics).

Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community.  As an equal opportunity employer, UT Southwestern prohibits unlawful discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or veteran status.

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