Researches and studies the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level. May evaluate or treat patients with genetic disorders.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.
A person in this career:
- Maintains laboratory notebooks that record research methods, procedures, and results.
- Reviews, approves, or interprets genetic laboratory results.
- Plans or conducts basic genomic and biological research related to areas such as regulation of gene expression, protein interactions, metabolic networks, and nucleic acid or protein complexes.
- Searches scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for genetic research goals.
- Writes grants and papers or attends fundraising events to seek research funds.
- Evaluates genetic data by performing appropriate mathematical or statistical calculations and analyses.
- Extracts deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or performs diagnostic tests involving processes such as gel electrophoresis, Southern blot analysis, and polymerase chain reaction analysis.
- Prepares results of experimental findings for presentation at professional conferences or in scientific journals.
- Attends clinical and research conferences and reads scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current genetic research findings.
- Supervises or directs the work of other geneticists, biologists, technicians, or biometricians working on genetics research projects.
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