Josh Deignan, PhD, F.A.C.M.G.
UCLA Path & Lab Med
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-5264 | Email
(310) 267-1900 | Email
Training in Clinical Molecular Genetics is available at UCLA under the supervision of Dr. Josh Deignan and Dr. Wayne Grody.
A clinical molecular geneticist is an individual with a U.S. or Canadian earned or the equivalent of an earned doctoral degree (M.D., D.O., Ph.D.) who can correctly perform and interpret molecular analyses relevant to the diagnosis and management of human genetic diseases, and who can act as a consultant regarding laboratory diagnosis of a broad range of molecular genetic disorders.
These requirements imply that the individual possesses:
Clinical Molecular Genetics is intended for those who wish to direct or co-direct a clinical molecular diagnostics laboratory. It is open to both M.D. and Ph.D. trainees. Instruction and experience is provided in all aspects of diagnostic molecular biology. While the emphasis is on diagnosis of genetic disorders, trainees will also be exposed to applications in cancer and infectious disease diagnosis and individual identification by DNA fingerprinting. The experience will cover a wide range of molecular genetic techniques, results interpretation, case management, results reporting and counseling, and issues relevant to quality assurance and laboratory management. Full and satisfactory participation in the training program will provide board-eligibility to sit for the Clinical Molecular Genetics specialty examination of the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics.
Participation, on a regular basis over the course of 1-2 years, will be required in clinical molecular diagnostics laboratory activities, including specimen handling, work-up of cases, molecular diagnostics procedures (DNA/RNA extraction, qPCR, Sanger sequencing, next generation sequencing, etc.), results reporting, quality assurance procedures, record keeping, budgeting, proficiency testing, laboratory inspections and accreditation, interfacing with other clinical laboratories, and communication with referring physicians and genetic counselors.
Applications are accepted from June 1 through August 31 of the year PRIOR to entering training. For example, applications received from June 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015 will be for a start date of July 1, 2016.
To be considered for an interview you must have a completed application on file that is composed of the items listed below:
Please note: If you are not a US citizen, please indicate visa status. UCLA does not sponsor HB1 visas. J-1 visas cannot be extended beyond a third year, if one was previously obtained within a specified time frame.
Applicants with more than four prior years of postdoctoral experience are not eligible to apply for this fellowship. Trainees are employed as postdoctoral fellows for the duration of their fellowship, and the UCLA Graduate Division does not allow the total duration of an individual's postdoctoral service to exceed five years (see #6 under Terms of Service here): https://grad.ucla.edu/gss/postdoc/pdfund.htm
Candidates must pay their own transportation costs to Los Angeles for the interview. Selection of candidates to invite for interviews will be made by a committee which includes the Training Director and Associate Directors in the Laboratory. Interviews will be arranged during the months of October and November. The selected candidate will be notified in December.
Consistent with a first and second year pathology resident’s stipend. Health benefits are also provided.