The Baylor College of Medicine Medical Genetics Laboratories provide state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to hospitals and referring physicians locally, nationally, and globally.
The laboratories are divided into Molecular (General and Mitochondrial), Biochemical, and Cytogenetics (including array Comparative Genomic Hybridization) as well as the Cancer Genetics Laboratory (employing a combination of cytogenetics and molecular diagnostic techniques) and the Whole Genome Laboratory work areas are an integral part of the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics.
Each lab is a national referral laboratory with a dedicated laboratory director and medical director who oversee the activities of the laboratory. In addition, the laboratories employ four genetic counselors who participate in the interpretation of data and interface with referring clinicians. Collectively, the laboratories process approximately 50,000 samples yearly. The laboratories use traditional techniques as well as newer techniques, including NextGen sequencing, array-based technologies, Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Pyro-sequencing automated capillary DNA sequence analysis, and Maldi-TOF. The laboratories are housed in a modern facility in the Texas Medical Center and are among the largest academic genetics laboratories in the United States.
There are three different training programs provided that lead to eligibility for American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) certification: Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics, Clinical Molecular Genetics. To learn more about these programs, please visit Diagnostic Laboratory Training Programs on the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics web site.