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Molecular Genetics Fellowship

The Harvard Medical School Molecular Genetic Pathology Training Program represents a collaboration of the major Harvard teaching hospitals. The overall goals of this one-year accredited training program are:

  • Provide extensive training in molecular diagnostics and molecular genetics, including inherited genetic disorders, disorders of human development, infectious disease, neoplasia, and identity testing
  • Provide training in the performance and interpretation of molecular, cytogenetic and biochemical laboratory tests
    To gain real world experience with innovative and cutting edge technologies in molecular pathology.
  • Provide training as a medical consultant in Molecular Genetic Pathology to assist clinicians in the diagnosis and care of patients
  • Provide training and direct exposure to laboratory management, quality assurance, troubleshooting of molecular tests, assay development and evaluation, and instrument evaluation
  • Provide training and direct exposure to clinical genetic practice through active participation in genetics clinics with the aim of better understanding the clinical implications of genetic testing

Fellows achieve the following:

  • A sound knowledge base of the basic science of molecular biology and molecular genetics
  • Learn to integrate molecular and clinical data and calculate genetic risk
  • Develop research skills and participate in a research project
  • Demonstrate good communications skills with laboratory and clinical physicians, patients, technologists and ancillary staff
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to ethical issues in genetics, particularly those raised by molecular diagnostic testing

To achieve this end, the trainees rotate through 10 active molecular diagnostic laboratories at four Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals, including Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital, and participate in the respective pathology departments.

Fellows also actively participate in genetics clinics at these institutions and Dana-Farber Cancer Center. The fellowship is integrated with the HMS Genetics Training Program and shares a year-long didactic program.

Core Faculty

There are over 40 faculty members. Representative faculty includes the following.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

At Children’s Hospital:

Massachusetts General Hospital

At Harvard Center for Personalized Genomic Medicine:

Dana Farber Cancer Institute


Applicants must be Board eligible or certified in Pathology or Medical Genetics. Applicants must be eligible for a Massachusetts medical license. 


Applications to the Molecular Genetics Pathology Fellowship for 2023-2024 need to be submitted with the following information:

  • Three letters of recommendation (one from current training program director)
  • Complete application form
  • CV
  • USMLE transcripts
  • ECFMG (if applicable)
  • Personal statement letter
  • Photo (optional)

Applications must be submitted no later than 09/07/2021 11:59pm ESTAll documents except for the letters of recommendation should be submitted together. Candidates will be notified of interview invitations within 2-4 weeks of the deadline. Interviews are estimated to be conducted until November. Due to Covid-19, interviews will be done using virtual platforms or in-person at candidate's request.

Fellowship application form and inquiries should be submitted to: 

Nathalie Serber
Administrative Assistant to Neal Lindeman, MD | Azra Ligon, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Center for Advanced Molecular Diagnostics
Shapiro Building, 5th floor, Room 5016
70 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 857-307-1562


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