Fern Tsien, PhD, earned her degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine, where she supervised the Molecular Genetics Laboratory of the Hayward Genetics Center and, later, coordinated the Cytogenetics Internship Program for laboratory specialists—a joint project between Tulane and the University of Connecticut Diagnostic Genetics Sciences Program. She is board certified by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and by the National Certification Agency for Laboratory Personnel as a Specialist in the field of Cytogenetics. In 2003, she became Instructor in the Department of Genetics. Her interests include the study of abnormal chromosomes in various types of tumors,including androgen-dependent and androgen-independent prostate cancer cells,abnormal DNA methylation, chromatin instability, and centrosome abnormalities in osteosarcomas. Teaching high school students, teachers, medical students, and graduate students, Dr. Tsien is involved in genetics education at many levels. She is the course director of graduate-level cytogenetics and a new epigenetics course in the Department of Genetics. In addition, she is the coordinator of the Louisiana Cancer Consortium / Louisiana Gene Therapy Consortium Summer Research Internship Program, which supports medical students, undergraduates, and high school students to work in research labs during the summer.