The University of Alabama at Birmingham Departments of Pathology and Genetics jointly offer a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship in molecular genetic pathology. The fellowship is designed to train academically oriented pathologists and medical geneticists for a career in molecular genetic pathology, including hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, identity testing, molecular diagnostics of Mendelian disorders, cytogenetics, bioinformatics, and medical genetics. After completion of this program, the fellow will be eligible to take the Molecular Genetic Pathology board examination co-sponsored by ABP and ABMMG.

Training includes didactic courses, selected laboratory rotations and opportunities for an in-depth research experience. The fellow will gain experience in a broad range of molecular techniques including nucleic acid extraction and amplification (PCR, RT-PCR, real-time PCR, NASBA, and SDA), conventional sequencing, capillary electrophoresis, traditional cytogenetics, FISH, microarray and next generation sequencing technology. Trainees are expected to function as junior attending physicians. They actively participate in the following activities: test development and validation, preparation of clinical reports, participation in clinic/inpatient visits and clinical consultation. Fellows are exposed to the administrative components of directing a modern molecular diagnostics laboratory. Opportunities for research experience are encouraged and supported throughout the training experience.

This program is directed by Shuko Harada, M.D., Professor of Pathology, Associate Director of the Division of Genomic Diagnostics & Bioinformatics and Section Head of Molecular Pathology.

Meet Our Molecular Genetic Pathology Faculty


Shuko HaradaShuko Harada, M.D.
Professor of Pathology
Associate Director, Genomic Diagnostics and Bioinformatics
Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program
Director, Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory

Craig MackinnonAlexander Craig Mackinnon, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology
Director, Division of Genomic Diagnostics and Bioinformatics

Diana MorloteDiana Morlote, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Genomic Diagnostics and Hematopathology

Nirupama SinghNirupama Singh, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology


Applicants must be AP, CP or AP/CP or medical genetics Board eligible, or Board certified.


Stipends are commensurate with the level of postgraduate training in Pathology. Also provided is a professional development fund and a generous relocation allowance.


Submit application along with curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation, including one from current program director to: path-fellowships@uabmc.edu

Address letters of recommendation to:

Shuko Harada, M.D.
Professor in Pathology
Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program
Department of Pathology
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
619 19th Street South, HSB 149M, Birmingham, AL 35249

Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Information

Susan Mills
Program Coordinator
Telephone: (205) 975-3450
Email: path-fellowships@uabmc.edu
Website: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/pathology/education/fellowship-program