Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

The fellowship for academic year 2018-2019 has been filled.

The Department of Pathology and Cell Biology offers a one- or two-year fellowship in basic molecular biological techniques and their diagnostic application in surgical pathology, hematopathology, and Genetics. The program provides both comprehensive, hands-on bench training and an in-depth theoretical understanding of molecular biologic procedures that are useful in modern pathology and genetic diagnosis. The fellows gain experience in analysis of nucleic acids, including Southern blotting, PCR-RFLP, Sanger sequencing, high throughput genotyping, constitutional and cancer microarrays, next generation sequencing, tumor FISH, as well as clinical genetics - including pediatrics, cancer genetics, neurogenetics, mitochondrial genetics, and movement disorders. Fellows gain hands-on experience in performing clinical assays, evaluating and interpreting test results, participating in quality assurance activities of the laboratory, and validating new assays. Fellows participate in multiple conferences, including the Chief of Service Conference, Clinical Genetics conferences, the Hematopathology/DNA/Cytogenetics Rounds, Tumor Board, Surgical Pathology Case Conference and attend didactic lectures in Surgical Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Genetics, and Personalized Genomic Medicine, in addition to the opportunity to attend the numerous research conferences every week in the Medical Center. Fellows are also encouraged to participate in clinically oriented research projects. Fellows with a strong research background may work towards a potential project for a second, research year under one of many independent researchers in the department.


Candidates must have completed an AP, CP or AP/CP residency program, or a clinical genetics program.


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center will only accept J1 visas.

Types and Numbers of Appointments

Two positions are available per academic year. The fellowship for academic year 2018-2019 has been filled.


Applications for the 2019-2020 year must include:

  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Completed applications (including recommendation letters) may be emailed directly to the program coordinator:

Program Director

Mahesh Mansukhani, MD
Program Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship
Columbia University Medical Center
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
630 West 168th Street, P&S17-401
New York, NY 10032

Program Coordinator

Casey Schadie

Current Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow:  
Sandeep Wontakal (2017-2018) Benjamin Liechty, MD (2017-2018)
Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Graduates:  
Jonas Heymann (2016-2017) Nupam Patel (2016-2017)
Boaz Kurtis (2015-2016) Chiraag Patel (2014-2015)
Benjamin Durham (2013-2014) Nike Beaubier (2011-2012)