Clinical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship

Division of Medical Genetics
In the Department of Pediatrics


The Clinical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship Program is an ABMGG Clinical Laboratory Fellowship that is ACGME accredited.

The fellowship program seeks to attract individuals of diverse backgrounds and experience interested in pursuing careers in medical genetics. The fellowship is open to holders of PhD, MD or MD/PhD degrees. 

Mission Statement

To develop individuals with the technical and medical knowledge and leadership skills necessary to provide laboratory services that meet the constantly evolving needs of children and adults in the 21st century, and to train the next generation of laboratory scientists in Biochemical Genetics.

Program Aims

  • Educate fellows in the delivery of high-quality laboratory services in clinical biochemical genetics.
  • Provide an excellent broad-based training in a scholarly environment in order to develop future laboratory scientists with a focus on scholarly pursuit in biochemical genetics.
  • Develop clinical biochemical geneticists who are able to systematically interpret scholarly work for integration into patient care.
  • Foster development of leadership skills that will enable fellows to continue to advance the field of Clinical Biochemical Genetics.

Tina Cowan, PhD

Professor of Pathology (Clinical) and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics (Genetics)
Associate Director of Medical Genetics
Program Director, Clinical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship

Please visit the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics for more information.


2022-2023 Stanford Stipends and Bonuses (Effective 9/5/22)

Year Annual Per Month
I $74,027.20 $6,168.81
II $77,771.20 $6,480.81
III $83,657.60 $6,971.33
IV $88,400.00 $7,366.53
V $93,953.60 $7,829.32
VI $98,092.80 $8,174.24
VII $103,604.80 $8,633.57
VIII $108,326.40 $9,027.03 

Stipends depend upon the postdoctoral level of training and are equal to the general residency stipends at Stanford Health Care.

For more information please go to: Stanford Health Care/Stipends & Bonuses

Clinical Biochemical Genetics Faculty

Tina Cowan, PhD

Professor of Pathology (Clinical) and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics (Genetics)
Associate Director of Medical Genetics
Program Director, Clinical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship

Translational research activities are aimed at the development of new laboratory testing approaches for the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with inborn errors of metabolism. In particular, a tandem-mass spectrometry (MS/MS)-based test for glutathione, an important antioxidant, is being applied to the evaluation of patients with various metabolic disorders including mitochondrial myopathies. Results of these studies will further our understanding of the pathophysiology of metabolic diseases, with the ultimate aim of improving patient testing and developing new theraputic strategies.

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Kristina Cusmano-Ozog, MD

Clinical Associate  Professor of Pathology
Director, Clinical Biochemical Genetics Laboratory
Associate Program Director, Clinical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship Program

Dr. Kristina Cusmano-Ozog, MD holds a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Miami (Florida) and earned her MD at the University of South Florida, where she also completed training in pediatrics.  She trained in Medical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics at Stanford University and obtained additional training in Clinical Molecular Genetics through the National Institutes of Health.  She has practiced as a Medical Geneticist at Children’s National Medical Center and was also the Director of the Molecular Diagnostics and Biochemical Genetics Laboratories. Her research and clinical work focus on diagnosing and treating individuals with inherited metabolic disorders.

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