Clinical Cytogenetics Fellowship

The Clinical Cytogenetics Fellowship is an American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) accredited training program at Washington University School of Medicine. The program is designed to prepare doctoral level, biomedical professionals for careers in directing the operations of a clinical cytogenetic diagnostic laboratory.


Historically, WUSM’s Clinical and Molecular Cytogenetics Laboratory has provided training to fellows and residents on program rotations from pediatric genetics, pediatric hematology/oncology, laboratory and genomic medicine, clinical genetics and molecular genetics. Renewed institutional interest in training MD and PhD specialists in clinical molecular genetics and clinical cytogenetics led to the development of the two-year Clinical Genomics Fellowship, which began in July 2009.


Primary educational objectives include:

  • Gaining broad knowledge in medical genetics and human cytogenetics including prenatal and postnatal cytogenetic diagnosis, infertility and pregnancy loss, cancer and leukemia
  • Acquiring diagnostic and interpretive skills in a wide range of human disease
  • Obtaining technical expertise and knowledge in quality control and quality assurance procedures
  • Understanding the requirements needed to introduce new laboratory tests, and to appreciate validation standards that include thorough evaluation of methodology and clinical utility
  • Acquiring an understanding of the heterogeneity, variability and natural history of cytogenetic disorders
  • Learning to communicate cytogenetic laboratory results to medical genetics professionals, other clinicians and patients in concert with other professional staff

Investigative research, either clinical or basic, is required during the fellowship. Emphasis is placed on application of the scientific method, preparation of written reports on findings, presentation of research data, and gaining experience in current genetic diagnostic techniques. Trainees are expected to present their research at national meetings and publish original papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Didactic training is provided by formal lectures, case conferences, seminars and journal reviews. Additionally, WU graduate school courses may be required, depending upon previous training and experience.


Training is held in the state-of-the-art Cortex building on the edge of the medical campus known as the CORTEX District (Center of Research, Technology and Entrepreneurial Exchange).


Our fellowship positions are filled through the 2015-2016 academic year. We are not currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Associate Medical Director, Cytogenetics and Molecular Pathology Laboratory



Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Associate Director, Cytogenetics & Molecular Pathology

Phone314 474-8071


Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Chief Medical Officer, Genomics & Pathology Services



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Associate Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Medical Director, Cytogenetics & Molecular Pathology Lab
Director, ABMGG Training Program in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics


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For further information please contact Sue Pagano.
Phone: (314) 747-0687