Skills And Tools:
Analyzing and evaluating patients with genetic diseases and disorders is part of the job description of a clinical geneticist. The individual is a physician who screens patients for inherited conditions that can result from alterations in normal DNA.
duties and responsibilities
- Gathers data and evaluates the medical histories of patients and their families.
- Collects and analyzes DNA samples from patients and family members.
- Uses DNA mapping techniques and biochemical processes including blot analysis, gel electrophoresis and polymerase chain reaction.
- Trains laboratory technicians in proper safety protocols.
- Supervises lab technicians who perform the DNA tests.
- Reviews laboratory results of genetic research.
- Manages the collection of relevant data regarding patient histories.
- Coordinates with genetic counselors to prescribe a plan of treatment for patients suffering from genetic disorders and conditions.
- Collaborates with other physicians and biologists to determine the specific genetic tests that need to be performed on a patient.
- Maintains complete and accurate records of research, methodology, processes, procedures and test results.
- Documents results of experiments in scientific journals and presents findings at medical conferences.
- Maintains computer databases of genetic information.
- Supervises geneticists and technicians on genetic technicians on genetic research projects.
- Attends educational conferences.
- Reads scientific literature relating to genetics to stay up-to-date on discoveries and developments in the field.
- Seeks funds for research by writing grants and white papers and organizing fundraising events.
- Works to improve existing techniques in genetic research and treatment of patients.
- Strives to enhance and improve treatment techniques for people with genetic diseases and disorders.
- Graduated from faculty of medicine (preferred pediatrician with sub-specialty genetics )
- At least 2 years of experience as clinical geneticist
- Master or MD
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