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The University of Utah Health Sciences T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in Genomic Medicine prepares physicians and basic scientists to be leaders in genomic medicine. Building on a strong institutional record of training in genomics, the two-year basic research track training program consists of coursework, a mentored research experience, extensive interactions with a broad community of genomic medicine researchers, and career development activities.
The coursework includes foundational training in genetics, statistics, epidemiology, data management, and clinical trial design. Two newly designed courses focus on key aspects of genomic medicine. One explores the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomic medicine, including the challenges of communicating genomic information to research participants. The other teaches practical skills for applying computational tools for disease-gene discovery, patient genome interpretation, and big data management in research and clinical settings.
A mentored research experience in a team science environment is the heart of the training program. Each trainee will have a multidisciplinary mentoring committee, drawn from a mentor pool of 37 MD and PhD genomic medicine researchers. This highly collaborative mentor community possesses expertise in the many disciplines that underpin genomic medicine, including human genetics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, statistics, molecular diagnostics, and pharmacogenomics.
The research experiences will include structured exposure to practical applications of genomic medicine in both clinical and diagnostic laboratory settings. Trainees will benefit from several unique resources: the Utah Genome Project, an independently funded research project in which thousands of members of large Utah disease pedigrees are undergoing whole-genome sequencing; ARUP Laboratories, the University’s national reference lab and a leader in developing genomics-based clinical diagnostic tests; and four UUHS hospitals committed to integrating genomic medicine to improve health care. Each of these will provide immersion opportunities in genomic medicine.
Acknowledgement: The University of Utah Postdoctoral Training Program in Genomic Medicine is supported by an institutional training grant (T32HG008962) from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institute of Health