Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology


Vanderbilt Department of Pathology


Mary M. Zutter, M.D.

Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program Director


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine offers a 1-year ACGME-accredited Fellowship in Molecular Genetic Pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  The program integrates several departments and centers throughout the medical center including the Department of Pathology, Medicine and Pediatrics; and includes a Center for Human Genetic Research (CHCR) and Center for Genetics and Health Policy.  This comprehensive program provides training in all aspects of molecular genetic pathology including the diagnosis of inherited and acquired genetic diseases, hematologic and non-hematologic malignancies, the detection of infectious agents, as well as medical and biomedical genetics.


Collectively, the molecular genetic and molecular infectious disease (ID) laboratories perform almost 90,000 billable tests annually.


The curriculum includes didactic courses offered through the CHRC.  In addition to developing skills required to direct a clinical molecular genetics laboratory, the fellow will be instrumental in test development and implementation and will conduct clinically-based research.


The fellow will gain experience in the following molecular techniques:  nucleic acid extraction, routine PCR, fluorescent PCR, allele specific PCR, RT PCR and real time PCR, we well as invader technology, Southern blot analysis, gel and capillary electrophoresis, SNP studies, MSI and LOH analysis and DNA sequencing.  The fellow will have rotations in the molecular ID lab, HLA and cytogenetics lab and have clinical exposure to the diagnosis and management of patients with inherited disease through work in the division of Medical Genetics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.


For fellowships starting July 1, 2016, applications will be accepted starting July 2014 and interviews will begin in October 2014.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, application, CV, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and ECFMG certificate (if applicable) to:


Mary M. Zutter, M.D.

Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

T3218 MCN

1161 21st Avenue South

Nashville, TN  37232



Application and pertinent information can be found under Graduate Medical Education at http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vumc.php?site=gme&doc=13198


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