skip to content »

Molecular and Human Genetics

Houston, Texas

Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
not shown on screen

Clinical Biochemical Genetics

Trainees in Clinical Biochemical Genetics spend three months learning each of the following methods: tandem mass spectrometry; gas chromatography/mass spectrometry; high-pressure liquid chromatography (amino acid analysis) and enzyme analysis in the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory.

Each day, the trainee participates in writing interpretations for all tests with one of the laboratory directors. The remainder of the training is spent developing new diagnostic tests or methodologies for the laboratory or working on a research project. The training schedule for Clinical Biochemical Genetics and a block diagram with required educational conferences can been seen below.

The Biochemical Genetics Laboratory was established over 25 years ago and has been a leader in the diagnosis of inborn errors of metabolism. The laboratory analyzes over 8,000 clinical samples per year as well as providing contract service for research. In addition to the common amino acid, organic acid and acylcarnitine analyses, the lab performs many specialty tests, including many enzyme assays and analyte tests.

Laboratory Director: Sarah Elsea, Ph.D.

Medical Director: V. Reid Sutton, M.D.

Clinical Biochemical Genetics Training Schedule
Year
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
March
April
May
June
1
Amino Acids (HPLC)
Organic Acids (GC/MS)
Acylcarnitines (MS/MS)
Mitochondrial
2
Enzymes
TCH Clinic
Research/New Test Development
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
8 a.m.
Laboratory training Laboratory training
Laboratory training
Laboratory training
Laboratory training
9 a.m.
10 a.m.
ABMG Trainee Didactic Lectures*
11 a.m.
Biochemical Genetics Report Review*
NOON
Department Research Seminar Genetics Grand Rounds*
1 p.m.
Clinical Genetics Seminar* Laboratory training
Metabolic Clinic
Laboratory training
2 p.m.
Laboratory training
3 p.m.
4 p.m.
Postclinic Conference*

E-mail this page to a friend