Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship


The Molecular Genetic Fellowship in the Department of Pathology currently has three funded fellowship positions per year.

This is an ACGME-accredited fellowship.

The Stanford Molecular Genetic Pathology program serves the adult and pediatric populations at Stanford and also sees referrals from Northern California and the rest of the nation.

The program is interdisciplinary and includes participation of faculty in the Departments of Pathology, Medicine, Pediatrics (Division of Medical Genetics) and Genetics. Laboratory rotations include formal training in Molecular Genetic Pathology, Biochemical Genetics, Cytogenetics, and Molecular Microbiology/Virology.

Fellows will be trained in assay development, quality assurance, and results interpretation in the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at Stanford and the Kaiser-Permanente Regional Molecular Diagnosis Laboratory, a large reference laboratory for the Kaiser system which offers a testing menu that is complimentary to that of Stanford.

Fellows are expected to complete a translational research project resulting in a clinical test for patient care during the fellowship.

Stanford University offers an outstanding environment for research opportunities in medicine, technology, and computational data sciences relevant to molecular pathology.

Eligible candidates for the Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowship must be board certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Pathology or the American Board of Medical Genetics.


Fellowship positions for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 have been filled.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Please download, fill out and send the application along with the following: a CV, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. These should be submitted electronically to:

Mirela Puljic


James Zehnder, MD

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Gabby Barela

Fellowship Program Director

James Zehnder, MD
Professor of Pathology and of Medicine
Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program
Director, Coagulation and Molecular Pathology Laboratories

Current Fellows

Jack Tung, MD, PhD (2020-2021)
Emory University School of Medicine 

Julianna Weiel, MD (2020-2021)
University of Arizona College of Medicine 

Simon Chen, MD (2020-2021)
Washington University School of Medicine

Incoming Fellows

Maggie Black, MD (2021-2022)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

Jyoti Kumar, MD (2021-2022)
Ross University School of Medicine 

Lauren Lawrence, MD (2021-2022)
University of California Keck School of Medicine

Molecular Genetics Faculty

Christian Kunder, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology,
(Surgical Pathology and Molecular Genetics Pathology
Associate Director of Molecular Genetic Pathology Laboratory