Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship

The Knight Diagnostic Laboratories (KDL) at Oregon Health and Science University offers one American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG)-accredited Medical Genetics Training Fellowship, Laboratory Genetics and Genomics (LGG). This is a two-year program that is open to PHD and/or MD candidates with a strong interest in medical genetics and clinical laboratory medicine.*

The Laboratory Genetics and Genomics fellowship prepares fellows for the scientific and management challenges of running a clinical genetics and genomics laboratory. The fellowship retains many aspects of the previous two fellowships that it replaces, but also combines training areas where appropriate and relevant, for instance chromosomal microarray, accreditation or budget development. The training objectives are to thoroughly understand all aspects of clinical diagnostic testing including specific methodologies and their application to unique clinical presentations, from preconception and prenatal testing and throughout life. The laboratory experience, occurring at the KDL, includes training in all aspects of cytogenetics and molecular genetics, including: tissue culture, DNA and RNA extraction, microscopy, FISH, PCR, qRT-PCR, Sanger and next generation sequencing (including whole exome), chromosomal microarray, and many others.

The fellow learns to communicate test results and their implications to referring physicians and directly to patients. Fellows may rotate through pediatric, adult, prenatal and cancer clinics at OHSU.  The fellow trainee will have the opportunity to develop and validate new clinical tests and participate in research projects. The fellow is exposed to clinical laboratory management including lab regulatory issues, quality control procedures, test validations, and lab information systems.
A fellow who successfully completes the training program will be eligible to sit for the certification exam in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics through the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG).

Drs. Stephen Moore and C. Sue Richards Co-Direct the laboratory training.

*Notes: until 2017, OHSU offered two separate ABMGG fellowships, Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics; all training institutions have transitioned to a single fellowship as of 2017.  Also, the Clinical Biochemical Genetics Training Program has been discontinued; however, LGG Fellows will still have the opportunity to rotate through the Clinical Biochemical Genetics Laboratory.  The laboratory is directed by Cary Harding, M.D.

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