in the School of Health Professions
The Diagnostic Genetics Program aims to make an important contribution to improving health care through applied research. With a variety of participating Principal Investigators who share a wide range of research interests, these goals are attainable through collaborative, interdisciplinary, and outcome-based clinical research and clinical applications.
The Graduate Program in Diagnostic Genetics concentrates on the mastery of interpretive skills in major areas of the field including:
The program offers two tracks leading to a Master of Science degree.
Visit the program on the campus of MD Anderson during one of the program information sessions.
The application deadline for each year is April 1; however, late applicants may be considered if the class is not filled. The program accepts up to 10 students per class. The program’s academic year is usually the last week in August or the first week in September through the second or third Friday in August of the following year.
The student to faculty ratio for student lab activities is roughly 5:1. With respect to the ratio of clinical laboratory student to faculty, the ratio is 1:1 in clinical and basic research laboratories not only within the institution but also within the Houston Medical Center, in Galveston, and across the United States.
The DG program offers a low instructor to student ratio of ~1-3
Molecular genetics and genomics track students learn how develop bioinformatics workflows for Next Generation Sequencing data analysis
Molecular genetics and genomics track students learn to find disease-related differences in multiple genomes via hands project-based teaching labs
Molecular genetics and genomics students learn to sequence and analyze RNA from humans, model organisms and pathogenic microbes
Spectrum Karyotyping Analysis (SKY) indicates complex chromosome abnormalities for a cancer patient
Program Director Peter Hu, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator for Cytogenetics and Cytogenomics Ming Zhao, M.D.
Graduate Coordinator for Molecular Genetics and Genomics Awdhesh Kalia, Ph.D.
The Diagnostic Genetics program is accredited by and has conformed its curriculum to the standards published and monitored by the:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS
5600 N. River Rd., Ste 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Upon completion of the program, students will qualify for examination and certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP.
The program has developed affiliations with reference labs and medical institutions around Houston, so that students will develop expertise in a variety of settings and experience the breadth of opportunity available to a certified diagnostic geneticist. During the clinical phase of instruction, training and supervision are provided in affiliated hospitals and clinical laboratories.