Genetic Counselor Training Program in Genomic Medicine Research

This new program is intended to provide genetic counselors (GC) an opportunity to work with mentors on one or more projects to gain research-specific expertise and knowledge. Mentors are available in a range of medical specialties. 

Program Description

There are three main components to the training program: 1) research expertise, 2) coursework, and 3) participation in informal learning opportunities. 

The majority of time will be based in the research setting, with the remaining time devoted to coursework and informal learning. We recognize GCs may come from diverse backgrounds or work experiences, and we will work with each GC to develop an individualized training plan to optimize their learning experience in the program.

Training Requirements/Support

  • Trainees will be required to devote a minimum of six person-months (50% full-time professional effort over one year or 100% effort for six months); trainees can start anytime after October 15, 2020.
  • Trainees are required to attend the yearly NHGRI Genomics Training meeting in Spring 2021 (will be held remotely by UCLA); funding provided.
  • Trainees must select a mentor to work with. We have a long list of mentors available for our post-docs that are also available for trainees in this program to choose from. We've also added Jennifer Cohen, Allyn McConkie-Rosell, Vandana Shashi, Andrew Landstorm and Kathleen Cooney to our list of available mentors specifically for this program. If you do not have a lab or research project in mind, we can help identify one that would align with your research interests and training goals. 
  • The funding agency — NHGRI — requires GCs to attain the following skills/experience through this program. We can work with your mentor to ensure you'll get experience in these areas.
    • Formulating a research question
    • Scientific writing 
    • Study design and measurement
    • Data management and analysis
    • Clinical trials management
    • Responsible conduct of research
  • Award will support tuition remission for a class next spring.


Applicants must be a board-certified or board-eligible genetic counselor.


Email the the following information to Dr. Susanne Haga ( We have two slots available for the upcoming year and will review applications until filled.

  • Summary of research project (can be more than one project)
  • Mentor name
  • Proposed start state

Program Directors

Geoff Ginsburg headshotGeoff Ginsburg, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Genetic Counselor Training Program in Genomic Medicine Research





Susanne Haga headshotSusanne B. Haga, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Genetic Counselor Training Program in Genomic Medicine Research