Molecular Genetic Pathology


Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP) is the subspecialty of Pathology and Medical Genetics in which the principles, theory, and technologies of molecular biology and molecular genetics are applied to help to make clinical diagnoses, determine disease prognosis, monitor infections and therapies, and provide risk assessments for genetic disorders. 


The goal of the Penn MGP program is to train fellows in the practice of molecular pathology, the application, and interpretation of molecular laboratory techniques, and diagnostic laboratory administration. Over the course of the one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship, the fellow gains experience in the application of molecular pathology through service work, didactic lectures, resident teaching, involvement in laboratory administration, and hands-on test development and/or research projects. 

Fellows trained as pathologists are exposed to clinical genetics and genetic counseling through rotations in pediatric and adult clinical genetics, while those trained as geneticists without a background in pathology are assigned to rotations in surgical and autopsy pathology. Time is also spent in the cancer cytogenetics, prenatal cytogenetics and molecular HLA typing laboratories. At fellowship completion the trainee will be eligible to take the Molecular Genetic Pathology Board examination. 


One MGP fellowship position is available each year. Candidates must be Board-eligible in Anatomic or Clinical Pathology or in Medical Genetics, and eligible for a Pennsylvania Medical License by the start date of the fellowship. The academic year begins July 1. Applications should be submitted between January and September of the prior academic year. Later submissions may be considered if the position has not been filled. Those considered for the position will be asked to visit Penn for an interview with the program director and selected faculty. 


Vivianna Van Deerlin, MD, PhD, Director
Adam Bagg, MD
Warren Pear, MD, PhD
Christopher Watt, MD, PhD
Robert B. Wilson, MD, PhD

Download the Molecular Genetic Pathology Program Brochure (PDF)