Fellowship in Comparative & Genomic Pathology


The Laboratory of Comparative Pathology, serving Memorial Sloan Kettering, Weill Cornell Medical College, and the Rockefeller University, offers a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in laboratory animal, comparative, and genomic pathology for veterinary pathology trainees who are seeking to advance their knowledge in these disciplines.  

Fellows take advantage of the varied laboratory animal caseload and have access to state-of-the-art necropsy facilities, histology and immunohistochemistry services, as well as a fully equipped clinical pathology laboratory performing various diagnostic tests, including hematology, clinical chemistry, parasitology, serology, and microbiology. Other specialty cores accessible to the fellows provide electron and scanning microscopy, confocal microscopy, laser microdissection, and molecular cytology services. Participation in weekly conferences and pathology rounds in association with laboratory animal postdoctoral fellows and pathologists in the New York City area is part of the training curriculum and helpful to those candidates preparing for boards (ACVP, ECVP). 

Responsibilities include performing gross and microscopic examination of a variety of laboratory animal species (mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs, amphibians, birds, nonhuman primates, fish) describing and interpreting findings, preparing reports, and communicating with staff veterinarians and/or research personnel as needed. Scientific collaboration and publication are encouraged. Supervision and support from three board-certified pathologists will be provided at all times.

The successful applicant must possess a doctor of veterinary medicine or veterinariae medicinae doctors degree from an American Veterinary Medical Association–accredited or equivalent institution and have at least two years of formal anatomic pathology training (such as a residency). Preference will be given to those who have completed a three-year anatomic pathology residency. Board-eligible candidates are welcome, and board preparation time may be granted.  Salary is based on the National Institutes of Health’s postdoctoral scale and commensurate with experience. Expected start date is in September, and the application deadline is February 1.

To apply, submit your curriculum vitae, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a letter of application describing your training background, professional interests and goals. Please email your application materials (scanned copy of transcripts) to Alessandra Piersigilli at [email protected]. Supporting paperwork can also be mailed to Dr. Piersigilli at 1275 York Avenue, Box 270, Zuckerman Research Building, Room 931, New York, NY, 10065.

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact:

Alessandra Piersigilli, DVM, PhD DECVP
[email protected]