Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellowship


Program Description:
The McLendon Clinical Laboratories of UNC Hospitals offer training in Clinical Molecular Genetics, leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG). The usual training period is two years. Applications are due on December 1 for a start date on July 1 of the following year.

The Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at UNC provides experience with tests for inherited disorders including cystic fibrosis, fragile X, Prader Willi and Angelman syndromes, hemochromatosis, factor V Leiden and prothrombin, a1-antitrypsin deficiency, MCAD, connexin 26 and 30, primary ciliary dyskinesia, pharmacogeneitcs and hereditary cancers, EBV, CMV and BK viral loads, chromosomal breakpoints in leukemias, T and B cell clonality assays, multiple tumor markers for diagnosis, prognosis and predicted drug response including BRAF, KRAS, EGFR, KIT, FLT3, NPM1, and JAK2, as well as monitoring of bone marrow transplants with polymorphic microsatellite markers. State-of-the-art technologies and instrumentation are used in all of these tests, and the laboratory has a strong research foundation.

Our postdoctoral training programs in medical genetics are provided by collaboration among individuals from numerous academic units including Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology, the School of Public Health, the Cancer Center, the Center for Genomics, the Neuroscience Center, the Gene Therapy Center, and the Birth Defects Center. The University of North Carolina Hospitals, with a statewide referral base, provide a rich source for clinical experience in all subspecialty areas. Our medical genetics programs have been a focus for statewide referrals since 1970.

Program Requirements: Ph.D. in an area related to genetics or M.D. required. Physicians are also eligible for fellowship training in Molecular Genetic Pathology.

Stipends: Fellowship stipends are based on the trainee's number of years of postdoctoral training.

Program Director: Jessica Booker, PhD

Faculty Members:

Applications: Please contact Dr. Booker for information regarding anticipated openings and application requirements.

Jessica Booker, PhD
Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
CB #7525, Brinkhous-Bullitt Bldg.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7525

Telephone: 919-966-7894