The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) holds Careers in Human Genetics Information Days to expose students interested in learning more about career opportunities in genetics. This opportunity is a great way for students to discuss first hand different careers in genetics and ask questions in a small group setting. During the session, students may meet with a core lab director, bioinformatician, genetic counselor, research scientist, lab manager/lab compliance director, medical geneticist, and molecular geneticists. Discussions will include the education and training required for each position, and descriptions of the daily activities for each position.

Who should attend?

Undergraduate students, recent college graduates, or educators wishing to learn more about careers in human genetics.

When are these sessions offered?

We do not currently have a Career Day scheduled. Please contact to be contacted when we do schedule one.

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What is the typical schedule?

Sample Career Day Schedule - times and Topics are subject to change
9:30am-Welcome and Orientation
9:45amWhat is Personalized Genomic Medicine?
11:10amWhat is Bioinformatics?
11:30amGenetic Testing in the Laboratory - Hear from our wet bench scientists!
12:00pmPanel Discussion - You may hear from experts in: Dual Careers - Public Policy and Healthcare Administration; Research Laboratory Director; Genetic Counseling; High Performance Computing/Systems Administration; Bioinformatics; Laboratory Test Development; Physician Scientist; Public Health
1:25pmLab tour
1:50pmWhat is Genetic Counseling?
2:30pmPharmacogenetic Exercise
3:30pmWrap up

Where is the event located?

This event will be hosted in person on the University of Iowa Medical Campus.

How do I sign up?

Registration is required and will open about 30 days prior to the event.

Please send any questions you may have to