During the second year of study, students enroll in Q613: Laboratory Techniques. Through this interactive class, students gain hands-on experience performing laboratory procedures and receive instruction in various molecular and cytogenetics techniques and their utilization, as well as practice with in silico analysis of variants and results interpretation. The course is primarily taught by pharmacogeneticist Dr. Victoria Pratt who, as the former chief director of Molecular Genetics for a large commercial clinical testing laboratory, contributes her expertise in industrial and laboratory genetics. Several departmental research faculty provide guest lectures in their specialty areas. Via selected fieldwork experiences and choice of graduate research project, students also have the option to pursue additional laboratory-related skills and experiences.