Research Carol J. Saunders, Ph.D., FACMG
Research Carol J. Saunders, Ph.D., FACMG

Carol J. Saunders, Ph.D., FACMG

Clinical Director, Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine 
Director, Molecular Genetics and Diagnostic Laboratory

Dr. Saunders currently is the Clinical Director of the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine and Director of the Molecular Genetics and Diagnostic Laboratory for Children’s Mercy Hospital. She holds professorial appointments in Pediatric Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and in the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas. 

Dr. Saunders’ service to the discipline of Molecular Genetics includes membership on The American Society of Human Genetics since 2002, serves as a reviewer of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics and is Laboratory Inspector for the College of American Pathologists. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Saunders’ research has produced over 30 peer-reviewed publications which include highly cited reviews on molecular genetics testing and genomic medicine. 

Research Interests

  • Molecular genetic testing
  • Mitochondrial disease
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Education and Training

  • 1993 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (B.S. in Genetics)
  • 1998 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (Ph.D. in Molecular Biology)
  • 2002 American Board of Medical Genetics, Bethesda, MD (FACMG in Clinical Molecular Genetics)

Professional Experience

  • 1999 to 2001 Emory University Medical School, Atlanta, GA (Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Molecular Genetics)
  • 2001to 2002 Emory University Medical School, Atlanta, GA (NRSA Fellowship in Molecular Medicine)
  • 2002- Director, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
  • 2004 to 2010 Assistant Professor of Pediatric Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
  • 2004- Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • 2005- Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • 2010- Clinical Director, Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
  • 2010- Adjunct Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Department of Biochemistry, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO
  • 2010- Associate Professor of Pediatric Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

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