Education Programs

Cyto Labs believes strongly that training and education are critical elements of our society, field, and personal/professional standing. Throughout our history we have provided ongoing education, not only for our staff, but for other cytogeneticists, medical scientists, doctors, nurses and the community at large. Education activities included both undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Curtin University of Technology. Students were guided and helped to develop an in-depth knowledge of theoretical principles and laboratory protocols of clinical cytogenetics. The depth of study was determined by the graduate status of the student. The first postgraduate student enrolled in 1998; the first undergraduate unit was conducted in 1999 and continued until Cyto Labs shifted focus from education to research in 2008. Tertiary education affiliations transferred from Curtin University to the University of Western Australia.

We also provided hands-on training for TAFE students and work experience for high school and university students. Cyto Labs has provided training and education, in the form of platform presentations and posters which are used at multiple Australian and international conferences. Over the years close relationships have been developed with our client base and wider scientific community, resulting in invitations to present at many conferences including the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), Fertility Nurses Association (FNA), Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT - USA) and Australian Society of Cytogeneticists (ASoC).

Cyto Labs has also conducted training meetings for nurses and medical specialists at various organisations, performed guest lectures and spoken on various local Western Australian radio stations.

Notably, one of our staff won best post-graduate student for the School of Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University in 2006 in the Master of Clinical Cytogenetics program.  One of our staff also currently holds the position as International Ambassador for the AGT (Association of genetic technologists); a non-profit professional organization established to promote cooperation and exchange of information among those engaged in classical cytogenetics, molecular and biochemical genetics and to stimulate interest in genetics as a career.  We seek to increase collaborations around the globe.