Department and Faculty

The Division of Laboratory Genetics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester has actively contributed to the study of genetic disease and the advancement of genetic testing and related technology. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to improve and enhance patient care. Within each laboratory, board certified directors and genetic counselors work closely with laboratory supervisors and technologists to ensure that accurate, reliable results are available in a timely manner.

The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology provides centralized clinical laboratory services for Mayo Clinic in Rochester through the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Cytogenetics Laboratory and Biochemical Genetics Laboratory.

More than 461,000 laboratory tests are performed on 318,000 specimens annually. Specimens are submitted to Mayo Clinic's laboratories from outside sources through Mayo Medical Laboratories, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. , and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ancillary services include an electron microscopy laboratory, a flow cytometry unit, molecular genetics and cytogenetics laboratories, and an immunohistochemistry laboratory. Several basic research laboratories are readily accessible.

You also will have access to Mayo Clinic's extensive tissue registry, which includes glass slides, paraffin blocks, gross specimens, frozen tissue and tissue fixed for electron microscopy.

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In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's faculty members are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty have published and lectured extensively and are recognized leaders in their field. You will have direct access to Mayo Clinic's Laboratory Genetic Specialists throughout your training program.


You will be assigned a faculty adviser who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Your adviser will also serve as a contact point, introducing you and your family to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting Professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during noon and/or morning lectures and participate in hospital rounds. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.