Clinical Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship

Clinical Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University offer a combined, three-year Clinical Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship.

The Clinical Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship is a combined, three-year program offered by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University. The Fellowship aims to provide a broad experience of clinical laboratory operations, including exposure to a range of clinical tests, clinical report writing, troubleshooting, exposure to laboratory accreditation processes (CAP, CLIA,) patient interaction and new test development.

The program is accredited by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG). All applicants are encouraged to review the ABMGG training options descriptions for additional information.

What You Need to Know


Fellows spend their three years within an integrated clinical cytogenetics and molecular genetics laboratory setting. Fellows split their time between the cytogenetic and molecular genetics labs at Nationwide Children’s and Ohio State, with the majority of time spent at Nationwide Children’s.

This allows for exposure to:

  • Constitutional Cytogenetics
  • Cancer Cytogenetics
  • FISH
  • Sequencing Assays
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Molecular Assays
  • Carrier Testing for Cystic Fibrosis
  • Post Bone Marrow Transplant Analysis
  • Next Generation Sequencing

During training, fellows will undertake a two-week rotation in the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory at Nationwide Children’s. Fellows also attend various clinical rotations through Nationwide Children’s Clinical Genetics, Ohio State Cancer Genetics and Ohio State Prenatal Genetics.

Fellows will attend relevant graduate-level classes, as well as didactic lectures, post genetics clinics, journal clubs and research seminars offered by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The Fellowship offers limited opportunity for basic research; however, publication of interesting cases and national meeting presentations are strongly encouraged.


  • Ruthann Pfau, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G.
  • Maria Alfaro, PhD, FACMG
  • Catherine Cottrell, PhD, FACMG
  • Shalini Reshmi, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G.
  • Julie Gastier-Foster, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G.
  • Scott Hickey, M.D., F.A.C.M.G.
  • Nyla Heerema, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G.
  • Lynne Abruzzo, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G.
  • Tom Prior, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G.
  • Dennis Bartholomew, M.D., F.A.C.M.G.
  • Sayaka Hashimoto, MS, LGC
  • Teddi Jacobsen, MS, LGC
  • Dani Mouhlas, MS, LGC

Salary & Benefits

Our Fellows are hospital employees, and as such, they are eligible for the same benefits other full-time staff receive (with the exception of paid time off, which is outlined.) Click here to learn more about Fellowship benefits.

The program offers compensation based on National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoc Training stipends.

Application & Selection

Our program accepts two fellows every three years. Our next Fellowship class will begin July 2019. The program will accept applications for the July 2019 start date until Dec. 31, 2018. 

Eligible Fellowship candidates must have a Ph.D. in a biological sciences field, or have completed the Clinical Medical Genetics residency (MDs only).  A medical doctorate is not required.

Eligible candidates should submit a current CV and three (3) acceptable letters of reference.  Candidates should be visa eligible with good English language skills.  Our institution requests a J1 visa.

Access the Application

For questions, please contact:

Vanessa Ladd
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

(614) 722-5318


For more information, please contact:

Program Director:
Ruthann B. Pfau, PhD

Program Coordinator:
Vanessa Ladd
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

(614) 722-5318