The opportunities opened by the tremendous advancements in the field of recombinant DNA technology have led to the foundation of a new branch of laboratory medicine in the shape of Molecular Diagnostics. Over the years Molecular Technology has revolutionized the way laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases, cancer or genetic diseases is now performed. Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at the AKUH offers a comprehensive array of molecular testing for infectious, cancer and genetic diseases for patients all over Pakistan. Currently, over 45 molecular diagnostic tests utilizing latest technology and automation including PCR and real-time PCR, DNA sequencing, MLPA, capillary electrophoresis for DNA fragment analysis and reverse hybridization-based DNA blotting are on the test-menu. Additionally, the Cytogenetics Laboratory provides 17 different assays utilizing conventional cytogenetics, single and multicolor FISH technology for the diagnosis and monitoring of cancer and genetic diseases.
The fellowship in Molecular Pathology is a two-year-programme with the objectives to prepare individuals for a career in Molecular Diagnostic Pathology with primary focus in their specialty (e.g. Chemical Pathology, Microbiology, Hematology or Histopathology).. The fellows will receive training and experience in all disciplines of Molecular Pathology. A set of core courses in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biostatistics/Bioinformatics and Molecular Pathology will prepare their background knowledge and understanding of the subject while the regular performance of various Molecular Pathology and Molecular Cytogenetics tests will develop technological excellence and interpretational skills. Fellows will also get the opportunity to design and conduct a research project. Moreover, rotations (optional) in external institutions will be offered to further enrich and diversify their molecular diagnostic experience.
Goals & Objectives
Expectations at the successful completion of the fellowship are;
- The acquired technological and administrative expertise should enable fellows to utilize molecular diagnostics in their field of specialization.
- Fellows should be able to apply rapidly evolving molecular technology in diagnostic setting.
- Fellows should possess the competency to design and carryout research projects using state of the art molecular tools.
There is one Molecular Pathology fellowship position offered per year.
At the time of commencement of fellowship training the applicant must hold FCPS Histopathology, Chemical Pathology, Hematology, and Microbiology or be eligible to appear in FCPS-II.