APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED (deadline March 1)
Funded by an NIH Postdoctoral T-32 Training Grant. Supported by the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science
This program is open to academically oriented applicants with an MD, PhD, DDS, or equivalent degree. It
offers a wide variety of research training opportunities in molecular, biochemical, immuno-, cancer, cyto-, somatic
cell, population and clinical genetics.
Understanding the role genetics plays in both health and disease provides a path to integrating scientific discoveries
into diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of many diseases, both rare and common. The goal for Research orientated
trainees is to guide them to become independent, productive investigators through training in a broad, in-depth
educational program covering all aspects of human genetics, molecular biology, cell biology and related fields. The
program has three thematic areas: 1. Genomic Medicine, 2) Phenotyping in the Genomic Era, 3) Therapy for Genetic
Diseases. Trainees receive research training in medical genetics of sufficient intensity and duration to enable
independent productive careers. Each fellow will develop his/her own independent research program under the
guidance of his/her research mentor(s). Trainees will obtain experience in designing and performing research projects,
writing up and presenting the results at meetings, and writing manuscripts and grants.
Recognizing the importance of developing a diverse workforce in the field of genetics, the UCLA Intercampus Medical
Genetics Training Program is committed to fostering diversity among our trainees. We solicit and encourage
applicants who will strengthen our diversity. The Program defines diversity broadly, to include race, culture, ethnicity,
veteran status, place of origin, religion, mental or physical disabilities, age, gender, sexual orientation and other
characteristics. We believe that the learning experience is enhanced for all by including individuals of different
backgrounds and perspectives, and that this fosters the development of physicians who will care for patients who
themselves come from a wide array of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Selection is based on past academic performance, research experience, research potential, commitment to an academic
career, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews.
Program Goal: to train postdoctoral individuals in human genetics for an independent academic research career.
MD, MD/PhD, or PhD degree
Research must be broadly related to human or medical genetics, or molecular biology
Dedicated 75% protected time towards the research project
Must have future plans of submitting extramural grant applications
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Mentors are at UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, Harbor-UCLA and Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC), if not already members of the program, must be principal investigators on a non-mentored NIH grant or equivalent