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.
Student engaging in bioinformatics
Instructor to student ratio is ~1-3
The DG program offers the latest hands-on diagnostic molecular science training
Students conduct a year-long clinical application research thesis project
Students receives both theoretical and applied knowledge throughout the program
Dean: Shirley Richmond, Ed.D.
Program Director: Peter Hu, Ph.D.
Education Coordinator (Molecular Genetics and Genomics): Awdhesh Kalia, Ph.D.
Education Coordinator (Cytogenetic Technology): Jun Gu, M.D., 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.