The role of the Genetic Counselor in the laboratory is varied and unique. It can include conducting research and working for the labs that do genetic testing. Some Genetic Counselors working in labs do research full-time while others do research only part-time so that they still have time to work directly with patients.
Some jobs done by a Genetic Counselor in the laboratory are:
- Find and enroll patients who are eligible for clinical trials (for gene therapies, new treatments, or new medications)
- Study how well programs and medicines are working for patients with genetic disease
- Help a research team learn more about a newly discovered genetic disease
- Study a genetic disease common in a certain part of the world and how it affects the people that live there
- Help make new genetic tests for the clinic
- Help to market or develop advertisements for new genetic testing