The University of Alabama at Birmingham Laboratory Genetics Training Program is accredited by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) to provide training in Biochemical Genetics (24 months) and Laboratory Genetics and Genomics (LGG;36 months). 

Please note that, effective July 1, 2017, the new LGG training program will replace separate Cytogenetic and Molecular Genetic Training. All applications currently being submitted for Cytogenetic or Molecular Genetic training will therefore be placed in the LGG applicant pool. The UAB LGG training program will be 36 months in length.

Application Eligibility

  1. Trainees must be eligible to sit for the ABMG examination in the clinical laboratory specialty to which they are applying upon completion of the program. A complete list of eligibility criteria is available on the ABMG Web site.

  2. Trainees who have received doctoral degrees outside the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Canada must comply with additional requirements, which are outlined at the ABMG Web site. Please note: Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, noncitizen national, or have permanent resident status. 

Application Process

Applicants interested in applying to the ABMGG Fellowship Program should provide the following:

NOTE: We are now accepting applications for the 2017 cycle. Last date to receive completed application package- September 15th, 2016.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement addressing training goals
  • Three letters of reference addressed to J. Daniel Sharer, PhD, FACMG, Associate Professor and Director, UAB Biochemical Genetics and Metabolic Disease Laboratory, and sent c/o Shaila P. Handattu.

Applications will not be considered complete until all information is received. Applications are reviewed by the review committee. 

Application deadline : September 15
Eligible applicant interview : October
Final decision: End of November
Fellowship start date: July 1st


Shaila P. Handattu PhD, MBA
Program Director III
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Genetics
Kaul 230, 720 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: (205) 934-9417
Fax: (205) 934-9488
E-mail: hande@uab.edu