Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

The Department of Hematopathology in the Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a one-year training program in Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP).

The program is designed to train academically oriented physicians from either pathology or medical genetic residencies in the laboratory and clinical skills required for the practice of molecular diagnostics. The MD Anderson Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship program is an ACGME accredited program, and is designed to allow eligibility for the special competency examination in molecular genetic pathology administered by the American Board of Pathology.

This program will be centered in the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (MDL) of the Department of Hematopathology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center with joint participation by the Medical Genetics Division of the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Pathology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H).

UTHSC-H sites will provide rotations and training in disease categories and work-up of patients not frequently seen at MD Anderson, particularly genetic disorders and infectious disease testing. There also will be a one-month rotation in cytogenetics at MD Anderson.

During this year, MGP fellows also will perform test development and translational research and prepare a manuscript acceptable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal under the supervision of a faculty member. The fellows will attend a regular series of didactic lectures and seminars. Departmental conferences include didactic lectures and troubleshooting/test development conferences. Fellows also will give several lectures to the laboratory technicians and medical technology students. Flexibility is allowed to encourage the development of special interests and expertise.

Types and Numbers of Appointments

One to two fellows are selected each year. The appointment is for one year.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is a 468-bed hospital devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research and education. The Department of Hematopathology is one of four departments in the Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory performs more than 12,000 tests per year, including a full-range of leukemia, lymphoma and solid tumor molecular diagnostic assays. The MD Anderson Cytogenetics Laboratory analyzes more than 9,000 conventional karyotypes and 2,000 FISH analyses per year using a wide variety of probes, and performs specialized spectral karyotyping.

Stipends and Maintenance 

The stipend will be commensurate with the year of postgraduate training.

Program Faculty

  • Hope Northrup, M.D., Associate Director
  • Rajyalakshmi Luthra, Ph.D., Associate Director
  • Stanley R. Hamilton, M.D., Solid Tumor Diagnostics
  • L Jeffrey Medeiros, M.D., Hematopathology Diagnostics
  • Lynne Abruzzo, M.D., Ph.D., Cytogenetics
  • Timothy McDonnell, M.D., Ph.D., Molecular Applications in Basic Research


Applicants should be physicians who are diplomats of the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology, anatomic pathology only or clinical pathology only, or the diplomats of the American Board of Medical Genetics in medical genetics, or have met the requirements to take the examination of either board. Fourth-year residents also may apply and use part of the fellowship to satisfy ABP requirements. Candidates with research backgrounds and/or some prior hands-on experience in laboratory diagnostics are preferred. All applicants should submit a personal statement, current curriculum vitae (with telephone or pager number, e-mail address and visa status), three letters of reference, and complete all sections of the DISCOVER application online.

To be considered for an interview, an application should be completed from September 1 through December 1 of the year prior to the intended fellowship, which begins July 1. 

Address inquires to:

Rajyalakshmi Luthra, Ph.D.
Department of Hematopathology - Research, Unit 149
Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program
8515 Fannin
Houston, Texas 77054

Phone: 713-745-4798 (Contact: Dalia Miranda)
Fax: 713-792-4821