Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship


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

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. 

Stanford establishes PGY levels for new fellows based on the successful completion of all prerequisite training required for entry into your fellowship program. Stanford does not recognize additional training beyond the prerequisite training requirements when establishing the PGY level for entry into the program.


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

Rachael Buenafe-Jacinto

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

Maggie Black, MD
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Surgical Pathology Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine

Jyoti Kumar, MD
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine
Hematopathology Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine

Lauren Lawrence, MD
Medical School: University of California Keck School of Medicine
Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine
Hematopathology Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine

Incoming Fellows

Danica Wiredja, MD, PhD (2022-2023)

Fei Fei, MD (2022-2023)

Iny Jhun, MD (2022-2023)

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