Careers in Genetics: Independent Basic Researcher

An Independent Basic Researcher studies genetic mechanisms in humans or model organisms to understand biological processes. Although they may study human genetics, independent basic researchers do not interact with patients. Independent basic researchers typically complete a PhD and several additional years of postdoctoral study. They oversee labs as faculty at academic institutions, work in the biotechnology industry, or work in government labs.

myIDP career category: Principal investigator in a research-intensive institution, Research in industry

Marshfield Clinic Video Clip:

Additional Resources:

NIGMS – Curiosity Creates Cures: The Value and Impact of Basic Research

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