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Neurogenetics Fellowship

NYU Langone’s Department of Neurology offers a one-year fellowship in neurogenetics. Fellows train in the Division of Neurogenetics, which serves patients with inherited disorders affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems, with a focus on lysosomal storage disorders and leukodystrophies. Fellows gain a wide range of experiences and knowledge of neurogenetic diseases, encompassing both the components of clinical care and research.

Fellows participate in clinical care activities that include the following:

  • training in the principles of clinical genetics and learning how to perform skin biopsies
  • patient clinics with teaching faculty from our specialty clinics, including neurogenetics, neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, neuro-ophthalmology, movement disorders, and general genetics
  • preparing clinic notes and patient summaries, performing consultations, and presenting on neurogenetics cases

Fellows also participate in the following research activities:

  • learning the processes of internal review board (IRB) protocol submission, good clinical practice, informed consent, and other aspects involved in the execution and oversight of human subject research studies
  • clinical study design and grant writing
  • learning the scope of the division’s clinical trials and research activities
  • developing and executing one scholarly research activity including preparing IRB protocols and report findings
  • subinvestigator responsibilities including participating in at least one clinical research trial study and overseeing at least one disease registry database
  • preparing reports of clinical cases/series with new and unique findings for presentation at national meetings and publication in a scholarly journal

General responsibilities of our fellows include preparation of presentations for monthly neurogenetics lectures to residents and medical students, and participation in all clinical activities of the division including limited off-hours coverage of patients. We also provide support for our fellows to speak at other academic medical centers, community hospitals, and local medical societies on topics in neurogenetics.

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for the neurogenetics fellowship, you must have successfully completed three years of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)–approved neurology or ACGME-approved child neurology residency training in the United States.

Although not required at the time of application, an active New York State medical license or New York State limited permit (if not eligible for a New York State medical license) is mandatory before starting the fellowship.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials to Heather A. Lau, MD, program director, at and Luisa Gutierrez, program coordinator, at

  • three formal reference letters from faculty in your current or most recent residency training program, including one from the current or most recent program director or department chair, all dated within the last six months
  • personal statement
  • current CV
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates® (ECFMG®) certificate, if applicable
  • photograph (optional)

After eligibility criteria are confirmed, select candidates are invited to interview with our program director and key faculty. Successful candidates are ranked by consensus.

Contact Us

For more information on the neurogenetics fellowship, please contact Dr. Lau by email at or by phone at 929-455-5110.