Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program

Molecular Genetic Pathology Environment

The Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow is based in the Division of Molecular & Genomic Pathology (MGP). MGP is the primary clinical testing site for DNA and RNA-based assays in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System. The Division offers a range of clinical assays in the areas of inherited diseases (genetics) and oncology (hematologic and solid tumor). Over 11,000 tests are performed annually.

MGP has an assortment of state-of-the-art instruments which are used in assay performance or evaluation; these include automated Next Generation and conventional DNA sequencers, capillary electrophoresis instruments, quantitative PCR equipment, multiple thermal cyclers, spectrophotometers, fluorescent plate readers, power supplies and gel apparatuses.

The Division is located on the 7th and 8th floors of the newly renovated Clinical Laboratory Building. The Department's special hematology and flow cytometry laboratories are located in the same building. There is a particularly close working relationship with the Divisions of Hematopathology and Anatomic Pathology. The molecular infectious disease testing is carried out in laboratories located on adjacent floors in close proximity. The Division currently occupies ~18,000 square feet of space with additional space for assay development. The fellow is provided office space with a computer that has access to the Department and Division laboratory information systems (LISs) as well as the internet. On-site parking is available for most rotations.