Molecular Genetic Pathology In the Department of Pathology

Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

The Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship in the Department of Pathology at Stanford currently has two funded fellowship positions per year. This is an ACGME-accredited fellowship offering comprehensive training in Molecular Genetic Pathology. The Stanford Molecular Genetic Pathology program serves the adult and pediatric populations at Stanford and also sees referrals from Northern California and the rest of the nation. The program is interdisciplinary and includes participation of faculty in the Departments of Pathology, Medicine, Pediatrics (Division of Medical Genetics) and the Department of Genetics. Laboratory rotations include formal training in Molecular Genetic Pathology, Biochemical Genetics, Cytogenetics, and Molecular Microbiology/Virology. Fellows will be trained in assay development, quality assurance and results interpretation in the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at Stanford and the Kaiser-Permanente Regional Molecular Diagnosis Laboratory, a large reference laboratory for the Kaiser system which offers a testing menu that is complimentary to that of Stanford.

Fellows are expected to initiate a research project during the fellowship. This project can be performed in any appropriate laboratory at Stanford, which offers unmatched opportunities for research in Molecular Pathology and Molecular Genetics. Departmental funding is available for suitable research projects. Moreover, subject to the approval of the Pathology chair (Stephen Galli, MD), additional funding may be available for qualified fellows, who are graduates of our CP only or AP only residency program and who wish to pursue an academic career devoted primarily to extramurally-funded research, to continue their research beyond the period of the formal fellowship.  

Instructions for application

Eligible candidates for the Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowship need to be board certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Pathology or the American Board of Medical Genetics.  Applications are accepted in both paper or electronic/PDF format.

Paper submission:
James Zehnder, M.D., Director
Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program
Stanford Hospital and Clinics
3375 Hillview Ave., room 2101, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Tel: (650) 724-2403 / Fax: (650) 724-1567

E-mail submission:

We would like to have your completed application in the fall, so that we are able to offer the position approximately 18 months preceding the start of the fellowship. The application consists of a CV, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. We will interview early in the year and aim to commit to a candidate at least 12 months before the start of the fellowship.

Current Fellows

Amy Lo, MD, University of Illinois, Chicago

Melody 'Bing' Zhang, MD, Stanford University

Former Fellows


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