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Research Training Opportunities in Clinical Genetics


Clinical cancer genetics research aims to translate molecular genetics advances into evidence-based management strategies (e.g., screening, surgical risk-reduction, and chemoprevention) for persons at increased genetic risk of cancer. Investigators work to identify new cancer susceptibility genes and to characterize phenotypic manifestations of inherited and familial cancer syndromes. The Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB) has a particular interest in the psychosocial and behavioral realm as it relates to high-risk status. Fellows work with researchers engaged in conducting clinical research studies targeting high-risk families, in pursuing astute clinical observations of unusual cancer occurrences that might provide new clues to cancer etiology, and in applying epidemiologic methods to the study of high-risk individuals. They gain practical knowledge about conducting clinical studies and learn about basic molecular laboratory techniques and approaches. Fellows work on interdisciplinary epidemiologic studies. Postdoctoral and predoctoral positions in CGB are available and applications are accepted on a continuous basis. 

NOTE: These are NOT laboratory-based positions. Although we collaborate extensively with laboratory colleagues, using biological specimens obtained from carefully-characterized research protocol participants, CGB has no laboratory resources of its own. To discuss potential opportunities in your area of research interest, you may contact branch investigators directly. Meet fellows in the Clinical Genetics Branch.


Postdoctoral fellowships: Individuals must either hold a doctorate degree in or be enrolled in a doctoral program related to medicine, genetics, oncology, or the psychosocial/behavioral sciences. Familiarity with genetic association studies is a plus, although not required.

Predoctoral fellowships: Individuals must either be enrolled in a doctoral program with the desire to complete their dissertation in CGB or have a Master's degree in a field relevant to CGB research.

Post-baccalaureate fellowships: These may be offered on a selective basis to individuals on a career path towards medicine, genetics or epidemiology. These are typically one- or two-year appointments, with most fellows moving on to doctoral degree programs of one kind or another after their work at CGB is complete.

Application Process

Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship applications in the branch are accepted on an ongoing basis. See the Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details. Branch-specific opportunities are listed below.

Training Programs

CGB often mentors clinical fellows, in the training programs listed below, for their research experiences:

Training Opportunities with Specific Investigators