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Research Training Opportunities in Cancer Clinical Genetics


Clinical cancer genetics research aims to understand cancer etiology and to translate this knowledge into evidence-based management strategies for persons at increased risk of cancer. Investigators work to identify new cancer susceptibility genes and other factors contributing to elevated cancer risk in individuals and populations. They also characterize phenotypic manifestations of inherited cancer syndromes and study the psychological and social challenges related to being at high risk of cancer. 

Fellows in the Clinical Genetics Branch work with researchers engaged in conducting clinical research studies targeting high-risk individuals and families, in pursuing astute clinical observations of unusual cancer occurrences, and in applying genomic and 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, genomic, and translational studies. These are not primary laboratory-based positions. Instead, they involve extensive collaboration with core facilities and laboratory collaborators. Postdoctoral and predoctoral positions in CGB are available and applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

To discuss potential opportunities in your area of research interest, you may contact CGB 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, biology, or the psychosocial/behavioral sciences. Familiarity with genomic 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.

Postbaccalaureate 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 Opportunities with Specific Investigators

Find out more about training opportunities with specific investigators.

Clinical Research Mentoring for Participants in Other Programs

In addition to guiding our own CGB fellows, CGB investigators often mentor clinical fellows from other training programs for the research component of their programs. Such programs include:

If you are a fellow in one of these programs and you wish more information, contact your program director.

Training Program in Genetic Counseling

CGB is a training site for The Johns Hopkins University/National Human Genome Research Institute Genetic Counseling Training Program.This program leads to a master's degree in genetic counseling from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. CGB is also mentoring student interns from the University of Maryland Baltimore Master’s in Genetic Counseling program. Genetic counseling students rotate through the CGB Familial Cancer Clinics, and have the option of doing a more extended research fellowship (e.g., during the summer) or performing their master's thesis project with a CGB mentor.