Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

Molecular Genetic PathologyThe UCSF Departments of Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine together offer a one year ACGME-accredited Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship with the goal of developing trainees into independent Laboratory Directors and/or the next generation of academic leaders in this field.  The program has a flexible design that provides both a generalized experience, as well as the ability to focus on specific areas of interest with faculty mentors throughout the year.  The program includes training in the areas of cancer genetics (solid tumors and hematopathology), inherited diseases, infectious diseases, pharmacogenomics and cytogenetics. In addition, fellows actively participate in the clinical practice of Medical Genetics during their time in the Genetics Clinics. Fellows learn the methodologies used to perform molecular testing, how to interpret and report test results, how to develop and validate new testing techniques and methodologies, how to manage a clinical molecular pathology laboratory, financial considerations related to genetic and genomics testing, how to integrate efforts with the clinical genetics team (physicians and counselors) and how to serve as consultants to the clinical services. Training includes active use and clinical application of next generation sequencing (NGS), array technologies and low signal detection techniques (i.e. circulating nucleic acid detection).

While the fellow rotates between four different major testing labs, the schedule is structured in a flexible manner that permits participation in the key educational aspects of each individual lab’s clinical focus throughout the entire year. There is a weekly schedule of conferences that the fellow can participate in that includes patient management meetings (e.g. molecular tumor board, hereditary cancer conference, inherited disease conference, etc.) and a symposium series presented by the UCSF Institute of Human Genetics (IHG), where guest speakers from around the world are brought in to lecture. Visits to some of the numerous biotechnology firms in the Bay Area can also be arranged. Fellows are expected to actively participate in at least one academic research project, as well as test validation projects and lab management training. A second “research year” year of fellowship also can be arranged to allow for more focussed and in-depth pursuits, depending on availability and the fellow’s ultimate goals and objectives.

Fellowship applicants can also try to arrange for doing this program either before or after other fellowships at UCSF, if scheduling permits.

Applicants should have completed at least one year of training and be in good standing in an ACGME-Accredited AP, CP or combined AP/CP residency program.

UCSF seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. UCSF is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Faculty Involved with Fellowship

Farid F. Chehab, PhD
Charles Y. Chiu, MD, PhD
Patrick Devine, MD, PhD
James P. Grenert, MD, PhD
Wei Gu, MD, PhD
William Karlon, MD, PhD
Steve Miller, MD, PhD
Zhongxia (Joe) Qi, PhD
Joseph T. Shieh, MD, PhD
Jeffry P. Simko, PhD, MD
Anne M. Slavotinek, PhD, MD
Jessica Van Ziffle, PhD
Arun P. Wiita, MD, PhD
Alan H.B. Wu, PhD
Jingwei Yu, PhD, MM
James L. Zehnder, MD (Stanford University)


Non-U.S. citizens must possess a Permanent Resident Card or an appropriate educational visa prior to starting a postgraduate medical education program at UCSF. The Department of Pathology may sponsor J1 visas.

If selected, candidates must obtain an unrestricted medical license or a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) from the Medical Board of California BEFORE their start date.

Please refer to the website of the Medical Board of California for more details:
Medical Board of California

Certification in molecular genetic pathology is a joint function of the American Board of Pathology (ABP) and the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG).

To qualify and sit for the American Board of Pathology / ABMGG certification exam in Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP), candidates must be certified in AP/CP, AP, or CP or certified by the ABMGG (ABMGG physician diplomates may be candidates for this exam and subsequent certification on passing).  Applicants for ABP/ABMGG Board Certification in MGP must also complete at least 12 months of training in an ACGME-accredited molecular genetic pathology program (the UCSF MGP Program is accredited by the ACGME and also fulfills the ABP training requirements:  "Training programs in molecular genetic pathology are a joint and equal function of departments of pathology and departments or divisions of medical genetics. The Pathologist Applicants for ABP/ABMGG Board Certification must gain an understanding of the principles involved in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of genetic disorders and of counseling the patients and their families as delineated in the ACGME Molecular Genetic Pathology Program Requirements").  See section III of the Molecular Genetic Pathology FAQ document at the following ACGME link for more details about applicant requirements: ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education.

See American Board of Pathology Website for additional details concerning certification requirements and deadlines:


Fellows will be appointed as a PGY-5.

For additional information concerning UCSF Fellow Salaries, Loans and Financial Resources, please see:
UCSF GME Trainee Financial Resources


Applications for the 2024-25 academic year must be submitted in entirety by July 31, 2022. Please fill out the application below and submit along with the requested documents listed in the application form and send to the Fellowship Program Administrator Suria Sadat.

We recommend downloading the application using the link below and opening using Adobe Acrobat software for the best user experience to complete your application and avoid issues with the fillable PDF.

The program will begin to review applications in August 2022. Interviews with applicants will take place in August and September 2022 and an applicant will be selected in September-October 2022.


Applications for the 2024-25 academic year must be submitted in entirety by July 31, 2022.

The program does not discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans.

Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow Graduates

Name Email Current Position Graduation Year Website
Wendy Yang, MD [email protected] Assistant Member, Moffitt Cancer Center Depts of Hematopath and Lab Medicine, Tampa, FL 2009-2010
Nikoletta Sidiropoulos, MD [email protected] Director of molecular genetic pathology, UVM Health Network, University of Vermont College of Medicine 2010-2011
Heather Pua, MD, PhD [email protected] Assistant Professor of Pathology and independent research investigator, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Tennessee 2011-2012
Malak Abedalthagafi, MBBS   Chair of Genomics Research Department, King Fahad Medical City, Saudi Arabia 2012-2013
Nancy Joseph, MD, PhD [email protected] Assistant Professor, UCSF Dept of Anatomic Pathology 2013-2014
Zoltan Nagymanyoki, MD, PhD [email protected] Medical Director, West Pacific Medical Laboratory Santa Fe Springs, CA 2014-2015
Cheryl Mather, MD [email protected] Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, University of Alberta, CA 2015-2016
Deepika Sirohi, MD [email protected] Medical Director, Molecular Oncology at ARUP.
Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Utah
Patrick Devine, MD, PhD [email protected] Assistant Professor of Pathology, UCSF 2017-2018
Wei Gu, MD, PhD [email protected] Clinical Instructor of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF 2017-2018
Natasha Darras, MD, PhD [email protected] Medical Director, Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Pathology Consultants, Inc., Chicago Hts, Illinois 2018-2019
Jacob Spector, MD [email protected] Physician Informaticist, Clinical Pathologist, Department of General Pediatrics — Clinical Informatics at Boston Children’s Hospital 2020-2021 
Gary Wang, MD, PhD [email protected] Current Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow 2021-2022