Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship

ACGME Accredited Training

Fellowship Director: Cindy L. Vnencak-Jones, Ph.D.


This comprehensive Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited 2 year program is designed to train clinical laboratory scientists in the area of genetics and genomics. The program integrates cytogenetics and molecular techniques for the diagnosis of constitutional  and somatic  diseases.  The trainee will become competent in routine karyotyping, FISH and chromosomal microarray analysis as well as fluorescent and quantitative PCR, capillary electrophoresis, TaqMan pharmacogenetics genotyping assays and Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing protocols and interpretation for mutation profiling of hematologic and solid tumors and inherited cardiac disorders. The program incorporates rotations in biochemical genetics and adult/pediatric and hereditary cancer genetic clinics and participation in the Undiagnosed Disease Network case reviews. The curriculum includes didactic courses offered through the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute. In addition to developing the skills required to direct a high complexity clinical laboratory, the fellow will assist in test development and implementation and will participate in clinically based research projects.




Applicants should possess a PhD or a MD.


Commensurate with relevant experience and previous training.


For fellowships starting July 1, 2022, applications will be accepted July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. Interviews will begin in October 2021.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, Vanderbilt application*, CV, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation to:

Tapherine DeVany
Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
CC-3322 MCN
1161 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232


All individuals with a doctoral degree (MD or PhD) earned outside of the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico who are considering ABMGG certification must submit their credentials for review. Requirements for credentials review can be found:
Please submit your credential review as part of your Vanderbilt LGG application.

*Application and pertinent information can be found under Graduate Medical Education