This 10-month program is designed for recent college graduates and offers students the opportunity for a full-time mentored research experience, rigorous training in programming using Python, regular workshops on oral and written scientific communication, and individualized career preparation within a supportive community – ideal preparation for graduate school in genomics or a related field.

Our 2023-2024 cohort is currently busy in their labs. The dates for the 2024-2025 official program are September 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025, however students may start as early as August 1st with approval of the program. Applications for the 2023-2024 program are closed. Please check back in the fall for information about the next cohort.

All students participating in the OGR Extensive Study program will take part in cutting-edge research as part of an independent research team in a lab at the Washington University School of Medicine. All students will give oral presentations on their research findings as part of a Closing Symposium at the end of their respective programs.

The OGR programs provides a competitive post-baccalaureate salary of $3,100 a month, with benefits.


  • Residency: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Degree: Science, technology, engineering or mathematics
  • A desire to pursue a PhD in biological science, especially genomics

Extensive Study scholars must have completed a BS within two years of the application.

OGR is supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Diversity Action Plan.


Applications are closed for our 2023-2024 cohort. Please check back in fall 2023 for information on the 2024-2025 program.

Selected labs

Available projects for OGR participants come from essentially all fields of biology, with a common thread being that all projects leverage genomics-based approaches. Below are a small sampling of current OGR mentors and relevant research areas 

  • Luis Batista – stem cells, iPS cells, telomerase, DNA repair, DNA damage, tissue dysfunction, telomeres 
  • Barak Cohen – systems biology, enhancers and gene regulatory networks, non-coding genetic variation, computational biology, genomics 
  • Kerry Kornfeld – genetics, cell biology, and developmental biology
  • Christopher Maher – non-coding RNAs, lncRNAs, cancer genomics, transcriptome, bioinformatics
  • Rob Mitra – Deciphering the transcriptional regulatory networks that control development, single-molecule proteomics.
  • Matt Walter – cancer, functional genomics, gene expression profiling, hematopoiesis, stem cells, tumor biology
  • Ting Wang – Evolutionary characterization of gene regulatory networks, biological function, and regulation of transposable elements, computational epigenomics.

Learn more about our current and former OGR students, as well as the research being done in the program, here.

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