Josh Deignan, PhD, FACMG
Director, Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship
Fabiola Quintero-Rivera, MD, FACMG
Associate Director, Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship
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Training in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics is available at UCLA under the supervision of Dr. Josh Deignan and Dr. Fabiola Quintero-Rivera.
A clinical laboratory geneticist is an individual with a U.S. or Canadian (or equivalent) earned doctoral degree (M.D., D.O., Ph.D.) who can correctly perform and interpret molecular genetic and cytogenetic 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 genetic disorders.
These requirements imply that the individual possesses:
The Laboratory Genetics and Genomics fellowship is intended for those who wish to direct or co-direct a Clinical Molecular Genetics and/or Clinical Cytogenetics laboratory. It is open to both M.D. and Ph.D. trainees. Instruction and experience is provided in all aspects of diagnostic laboratory genetics. While the emphasis of the program is on the diagnosis of heritable genetic disorders, trainees will also be exposed to various somatic applications as well. The fellowship experience will cover a wide range of molecular genetic and cytogenetic techniques. Full and satisfactory participation in the training program will provide board-eligibility to sit for the Laboratory Genetics and Genomics specialty examination of the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG).
Participation on a regular basis over the course of three years will be required in various laboratory activities, including specimen handling, work-up of cases, molecular genetic and cytogenetic procedures, results reporting, quality assurance, record keeping, budgeting, proficiency testing, laboratory inspections and accreditation, interfacing with other clinical laboratories, and communication with referring clinicians and genetic counselors.
Applications are accepted from June 1 through July 31 of the year PRIOR to entering training. For example, applications received from June 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018 will be for a start date of July 1, 2019.
To be considered for an interview you must have a completed application on file that is composed of the items listed below:
Applicants with more than two 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 #4 under Appointment Criteria here): https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/working-at-ucla/postdocs/appointment-types-criteria/
Candidates must pay their own transportation costs to Los Angeles if selected for an interview. Selection of candidates for interviews will be made by a committee. Interviews will likely be scheduled during the fall with the selected candidate(s) notified by the end of the year.
Stipends are consistent with a Pathology resident stipend. Health benefits are also provided.