Program Description: The McLendon Clinical Laboratories of UNC Hospitals offer training in Clinical Cytogenetics, leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG). The usual training period is two years. Upon successful completion of the program, and ABMG certification, the fellow will be qualified to direct a clinical cytogenetics laboratory. Applications are due on December 1, 2010 for a start date of July 1 of the following year. Applications for the fellowship position beginning July 1, 2011 will not be accepted before July 1, 2010.
The UNC Cytogenetics Laboratory is a high volume laboratory, processing over 3,000 specimens annually, including CVS, amniocentesis, peripheral blood, bone marrow, tumor, and tissue biopsies. The fellow will be well trained in a variety of techniques including tissue culture, chromosome banding and analysis, FISH and Array CGH. The laboratory has a strong research foundation, and we continue to add new technologies to the lab in order to keep up with the rapidly growing field of cytogenetics.
The UNC postdoctoral training programs in medical genetics are provided by collaboration among individuals from numerous academic units including Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology, the School of Public Health, the Lineberger Comprehensive 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: PhD degree in an area related to genetics or an MD degree is required.
Stipends: Fellowship stipends are based on the trainee's number of years of relevant postdoctoral training.
Program Director: Kathleen W. Rao, PhD, Director of Cytogenetics
Applications: Our next fellowship opening will be July 1, 2015. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references should be sent to Dr. Kathleen W. Rao between July 1 and September 30, 2014.
For additional information, please contact…
Kathleen W. Rao, PhD
1st Floor Memorial Hospital, Room 1071
101 Manning Drive
Department of Pediatrics, CB #7487
The University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7487