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UCLA-ArmGenia MOU signing : Mapping the Armenian Genome - The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine participated in the MOU signing ceremony held on February 19, 2016. Departmental participants included speaker and recipient Dr. Wayne Grody, Directory of the UCLA Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories, Dr. Serge Alexanian, and Nora Warschaw. Read More

Our own Dr. Sheeja Pullarkat, who is featured in the new UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine website, Medical Pathology: "What It's Like to Be a Hematopathologist - Day in the Life" Read More

The Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Said, M.D. as Vice Chair of Research, and David Dawson, M.D., Ph.D. as Associate Vice Chair of Research. Read More

Congratulations to Dr. Alyssa Ziman and Dr. Sarah Dry on their new leadership roles in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Read More

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is pleased to announce that Elaine F. Reed, Ph.D. has been appointed as the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Chair in Diagnostic Medicine. Read More

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein has been appointed as a trustee of the American Board of Pathology. Read More

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron James on his publication in the American Journal of Pathology. Read More

We are excited to announce the upcoming Symposium. Please plan to attend our 4th Annual Clinical Genomics Center Symposium on Feb 5, 2016. Read More

Download Symposium Brochure here

Congratulations to Dr. Micheal Fishbein and Dr. Gregory Fishbein for their article published in Cardiovascular Pathology, "Arteriosclerosis: facts and fancy" Read More

Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Zuckerman, on receiving the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 2015-2016 Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Fellowship.  Read more

Dr. Omai Garner's interview on Lab TV, "Curious About New Ways of Testing for Infectious Diseases". Read more

Biking angels raise $48,000 for UCLA Blood and Platelet Center. Read more

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Alyssa Ziman, M.D., as Medical Director of the Clinical Laboratories for Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, beginning Oct 1, 2015. Read More

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Dorshkind on being named as the Interim Director of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and President of the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. Dr. Dorshkind will be taking over for Dr. Judith Gasson, who has served in these roles since 1995. Read more

Congratulations to Dr. Romney Humphries and the entire Clinical MicrobiologyTeam. "Superbugs on Scopes, How UCLA Lab discovered the outbreak" was featured in CAP Today, article starts on page 74. Read More

UCLA Researchers create smartphone-based device that reads medical diagnostic tests quickly and accurately. Read More

The UCLA Telepathology suite is now open. Read More

Our very own Dr. Deignan was interviewed for CAP Today. Read More

Dr. Romney Humphries and UCLA Clinical Microbiology are highlighted in the August 1, 2015 Los Angeles Times article, "A Killer on the Loose" Read More

Congratulations to Pathology AP staff members for winning the CICARE Team award! Read More

 U Magazine Article: Interior Life Read more


Congratulations to Dr. Xinmin Li and Clinical Microarray Core (CMC) in finishing the 10th NGS workshop. Read more


Congratulations to the Clinical Laboratory Scientist Class of 2015.
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The UCLA Health Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine continues to make strides in its international collaborative lab in China.
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International Partnerships

Congratulations to Dr. M. Elena Stark, recipient of the 2015 David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Excellence in Education Award. These peer-reviewed awards were established to recognize outstanding dedication, innovation, and sustained excellence in clinical and classroom teaching. The recipients have distinguished themselves as exceptional educators. The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is particularly pleased and grateful for their contributions.
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Trends In Molecular Medicine Congratulations to Dr. Elaine Reed and her team, for being featured as the cover article in Trends in Molecular Medicine | Read More  

Fun Ride Thank you to the over 800 riders, volunteers, ride marshals, LAPD and others at the 18th annual City of Angels Fun Ride presented by Volkswagen on Sunday April 26th at UCLA's Dickson Court. We can't thank you enough for your support and helping to get closer to our goal of buying UCLA Blood & Platelet Center a new Bloodmobile. Read More  

Max Wu Congratulations to our Clinical Microbiology Fellow, Lieutenant Colonel Max Wu, who will be continuing his duty as Chief, Infectious Disease Labs at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.  

Omai GarnerDr. Omai Garner interview in CAP Today. Article titled: MALDI in Microbiology; Set to stun?. Dr. Garner's interview starts on page 63 of the May 2015 edition.  | Read More  

DGSOM ChinaUCLA Health's TelePathology and TeleMedicine programs are growing. We are pleased to announce our new partnerships in China. | Zhengzhou China | Yancheng China  

Janet HindlerLike all superheroes, our physicians and clinical medical professionals, owe much of their effectiveness to experts behind the scenes, who help them render the best diagnoses for their patients. Like Batman with his Alfred, the lab professionals are always there, 24/7, to offer reliable results for our patients' testing needs. Like Batman, defending Gotham from harm at all times, our lab professionals work tirelessly around the clock to ensure the delivery of quality patient-centric care to all of our patients. We want to thank all of our lab professionals during lab week and beyond, seen and unseen, who take pride in their major role in the healing of our patients, and the comfort of their family and friends. | Read More  

Janet HindlerCongratulations to our CLS, Janet Hindler who has received an award from the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute for her work on developing the M45 document for antibiotic resistance testing of fastidious bacteria. Janet has worked in the Clinical Microbiology laboratory for over 35 years, and is widely regarded as one of the country's foremost experts on antimicrobial resistance and susceptibility testing. Her work has been recognized by several national organizations. We have been fortunate to have her stay on in Research and Development for Clinical Microbiology.| Read More  

Brandon's StorySee Brandon's Story: After a motorcycle accident, Brandon needed 207 units of blood. UCLA provided him with a unique opportunity: to meet and thank 40 of the 196 donors who saved his life. | Read More  

Omai GarnerCongratulations to Dr. Omai Garner, Dr. Linda Baum, and others on their paper in Journal of Virology "Timing of galectin-1 exposure differentially modulates nipah virus entry and syncytium formation in endothelial cells". The paper is about the discovery of a host molecule that can control the attack of hemorrhagic tropical viruses  | Read More  

BURL StaffMaking it Happen: The BURL Success Story. | Read More  

Dr.LucasJoshua Deignan, PhD, Associate Director of the Molecular Diagnostic Lab, attended and presented at the Molecular Med Tri-Con 2015. He was quoted in an article in Genomeweb. | Read More  

Dr. BinderCongratulations to Dr. Scott Binder who describes his journey, both personal and professional, towards UCLA's most recent landmark partnership with China, in the UCLA Center for World Health. | Read More  

Dr.LucasJonathan Lucas, M.D., a talented resident and clinical fellow in the department, is now Chief Deputy Coroner in San Diego. He was featured in the Los Angeles Times on December 11, 2014. | Read More  

Mayor GarcettiMayor Eric Garcetti & a star studded delegation of luminaries from government, business, and medicine attended the UCLA Health / CTI Medical Laboratories Launch Ceremony in Shanghai, China. | See Photos
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BiodiscoverBiodiscover.com featured Dr. Jianyu Rao, director of UCLA Cytopathology and co-director of UCLA International Telepathology in a Nov 19 story about UCLA's prior educational and diagnostic outreach efforts in China. | Watch video in Mandarin
Dr. Serge Alexanian, Chief Medical Officer & Laboratory Medical Director of UCLA Health / CTI Medical Laboratories in a Nov 26 story about the state of Chinese healthcare and UCLA strategic mission to enhance education and service offerings through its newly launched partnership laboratory. | Watch video in English

Dr.XuCongratulations to Dr. Haodong Xu, and his laboratory for their recent paper in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. | Read More  

Dr.BaumCongratulations to Dr. Linda Baum, who has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. | Read More   

Dr.SchiestlCongratulations to Dr. Robert Schiestl on being voted 2014 Professional of the Year in Strathmore's Who's Who in higher education, pathology and cancer research. | Read More  | Times Square Photo>  

Dr.EffrosCongratulations to Dr. Rita Effros as she takes office as the Gerontological Society of America's President.  | Read More  

MovemberThe men (and women) of the UCLA pathology department celebrated Movember this year in fine form. This year marked a new high in our department's tradition of Movember participation. Movember is a month long movement of moustache growth to raise awareness and funds for men's health, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health issues.. | See Photo  

Dr.HumphriesKTLA-Channel 5's "HealthSmart" featured Dr. Romney Humphries, section chief of clinical microbiology and an assistant professor of pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in an Oct. 31 story about how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse or another more likely natural disaster. | Listen  

Dr.HimakhunCongratulations to Dr. Wanwisa Himakhun who has been chosen as the recipient of the Foundation Travel Scholarship from the American Society of Cytopathology.  

JAMAClinical Exome Sequencing for Genetic Identification of Rare Mendelian Disorders. | Read More
The Scientist Magazine covers the UCLA Clinical Genomics Center JAMA study: "Exomes in the Clinic" | Read More
UCLA Clinical Genomics Center JAMA study featured on NBC News.com  | Read More

Dr.Jenny JiCongratulations to our Cytogenetics Fellow, Dr. Jenny Ji, on receiving the David Rimoin Award for Research Excellence in Medical Genetics, for her work on "DYRK1A Haploinsufficiency Results in a New Recognizable Syndrome with Angelman-like Features, Congenital Microcephaly, Prenatal and Postnatal Growth Retardation, and a Distinct Facial Gestalt". This work has also been selected for a platform presentation at the American Society of Human Genetics 64th Annual Meeting.  | Read More

Dr.QuinteroCongratulations Dr. Fabiola Quintero, who received the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award from her Alma Mater, Universidad de Antioquia, as part of its 230 year old anniversary.

Dr.NelsonCongratulations to Dr. Stanley F. Nelson, MD, is highlighted in the recently released Fall 2014 edition of Robb Report Health & Wellness. | Read More

Dr.YongCongratulations to Dr. William Yong, Director of the UCLA-CHS Brain Tumor Translational Resource (BTTR), who has been awarded the 2014 Johnny Mercer Award for Brain Cancer Research. | Read More

Dr.TreleaseCongratulations to Dr. Robert Trelease, a featured participant in the Vesalius Continuum (500th anniversary).

Dr.James_AaronCongratulations to Dr. Aaron James on being the recipient of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine's 2014-2015 Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Fellowship.

USWorldNewsUS News and World Report features the UCLA Clinical Genomics Center in their “Best Hospitals” 2015 Edition. The article includes interviews with Drs. Wayne Grody and Stanley Nelson, and highlights the center’s remarkable progress finding life-saving answers in patients’ genes. | Read More

VW Funride 2014On August 19, 2014, local philanthropist Peter Heumann presented a check for the $30K proceeds raised by the 2014 Volkswagen City of Angels Fun Ride that he organizes annually to benefit the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center. | See Photo

Dr.HumphriesDr. Romney Humphries is featured in the August 2014 CAP Today, article, "Too Few Studies to Steer Test Protocols for Pediatrics" | Read More

Urban-HealthDrs. Garner, Ward, Ziman, Baum and Elsa Tsukahara in the Department of Pathology with individuals from Radiology, Respiratory Therapy and the UC PD EMT staff, hosted high school students this summer to learn about careers in health care. | Read More

Robyn-ShimizuCongratulations to our CLS, Robyn Shimizu who will be awarded the 2015 American Society of Microbiology, Scherago-Rubin Award! Read More

Melinek-JudyPathology Resident and Fellow Alumna, Judy Melinek, MD, is author of the newly released book titled "Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies and the Making of a Medical Examiner".  Featured this past week on NPR's Science Friday and other news outlets, it is a memoir of her young forensic pathologist's experience as a NYC medical examiner. | Read More

Kim-EuniceCLS intern Eunice Kim, is a 2014 Siemens - ASCP National Scholarship awardee. Eunice is currently completing her one year clinical internship at UCLA Health as part of the California State University Dominguez Hills-UCLA affiliated program.

Fishbein_MMichael Fishbein, MD, is the recipient of the 2015 Society for Cardiovascular Pathology Distinguished Achievement Award for his work advancing understanding of cardiovascular disorders.

Lee GoodglickProfessor Lee Goodglick, a distinguished translational cancer biologist, known for his creation and leadership of the CTSI/IMED lecture series. | Read More

Dr. M. Anthony VerityDr. M. Anthony Verity, a much admired faculty member in neuropathology who served as Section Head from 1982-1993. | Read More

Anna Wu, PhD Anna Wu, PhD was elected President of the World Molecular Imaging Society, reflecting her position as a thought leader in the imaging community.

Peter Tontonoz, MDPeter Tontonoz, MD, PhD has received the Gerald D. Aurbach Award for Outstanding Translational Research from the Endocrine Society. | Read More

Robert Schiestl, PhDRobert Schiestl, PhD was selected president-elect of the Council of the Environmental Mutagen Society

NPR interviews Anthony Butch, PhD for May 10 article, "Athletes Chased by Technology In The Sport of Anti-Doping"
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Nicole Valenzuela, PhD, post-doc researcher in Dr. Elaine Reed's lab, has been awarded a 2014 UCLA Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral Research, recognizing her research and it's impact. | Read More

Ram Raj Singh, MD is the recipient of the 37th Michael Einbender Distinguished Lectureship in Medical Research of Lupus from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Eugene Washington, eleven medical students, and a number of UCLA staff and faculty participated in the May 4 City of Angels Fun Ride in support of the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center. | Read More

We congratulate our Clin Lab stars for their contributions to the Chase Child Life Program. Together, the lab raised $2500 in just one week in support of pediatric patients and their families. | Read More

Wayne Grody, MD, PhDWayne Grody, MD, PhD has been appointed to the National Research Advisory Council, US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Administration Health System.

Stanley Nelson, MD and M. Carrie Miceli, PhD fight a very personal battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and are leading the effort to find treatment and extend lives. | U Magazine

2014 Volkswagen City of Angels Fun Ride is May 4!
Join Path & Lab Med at the City of Angels Fun Ride presented by Volkswagen on May 4 at 7:00AM. | More Info

With appreciation to our Medical Laboratory Professionals, this week during Medical Laboratory Professionals week and throughout the year. We also appreciate our CLS students, class of 2013/14 for this wonderful submission to the ASCP photo contest. | See Photo

Romney Humphries, PhD was interviewed recently for KTLA Channel 5 discussing contamination findings on lemons used to flavor water at restaurants. | Listen

UCSF Partners with UCLA in New Exome Sequencing Initiative. Clinical Laboratories at UCSF Medical Center have entered into a partnership with UCLA to have their laboratories perform exome sequencing for inherited disorders on UC San Francisco patients. | More Info

UC and UCLA Department of Pathology have signed an agreement with Centre Testing International Corp., to create a company that will operate a clinical laboratory in Shanghai. The new lab will support clinical trials and enhance medical care for Chinese patients with cancer and other diseases. | More Info

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine recognizes the important contributions of our Medical Laboratory Professionals. Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 20-26. | More Info

Bruin Run/Walk 2014 is April 27!
Join "Team Kadin" Captain's Leslie Chew and Tami Langevin, and UCLA Path and Lab for the 15th Annual Bruin Run/Walk on April 27 at 8:30AM | More Info

Alistair Cochran, MD is co-author of Age as a Predictor of Sentinel Node Metastasis among Patients with Localized Melanoma: An Inverse Correlation of Melanoma Mortality and Incidence of Sentinel Node Metastasis Among Young and Old Patients, published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology: Volume 21, Issue 4 (2014) | More Info

Listen to Jonathan Braun, MD, PhD discuss how gut microbes may play a role in Crohn's Disease on NPR. | Listen to the story

Alistair Cochran, MD co-authors study showing that celecoxib suppressed both BRAFi-accelerated skin tumors and soft-agar colonies, warranting its testing as a chemopreventive agent for non-melanoma skin lesions in patients treated with BRAFi alone or in combination with MEKi. | More Info

Claire Lugassy, MD and Raymond Barnhill, MD are among the authors of a new study published in the March 6 Nature which supports their revolutionary new paradigm and former works about the mechanisms of melanoma (and potentially other malignant solid tumors) metastasis. | More Info

Robert Schiestl, PhDRobert Schiestl, PhD has been elected president of the Carcinogenesis Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology.

Raymond Barnhill, MD is the Editor in Chief of the newly released Pathology of Melanocytic Nevi and Melanoma, Third Edition. The publication is recognized as the leading reference in the field of melanoma pathology. | More Info

Twelve Pathology Residents & Fellows are among the presenters at the 103rd USCAP Annual Meeting: Sue Chang, Rachel Conrad, Matthew DeNicola, Vanda Farahmand, Dorina Gui, Aaron James, Jamie Koo, Leila Langston, Zhiecheng Mo, Khaled Sarah, Atsuko Seki and Albert Su | UCLA Presentations

Rita Effros, PhDRita Effros, PhD discusses the challenge of meeting the needs of an aging Baby Boomer generation in The Silver Tsunami, in the Winter 2014 U Magazine | More Info

Alistair Cochran, MD is a senior author of an important study showing that lymphatic mapping and sentinel node biopsy, with immediate complete lymph node dissection if the sentinel nodes contain metastases, significantly prolongs disease-free survival... continued

A Promise Fulfilled - UCLA's Clinical Genomics Center's exome sequencing program is featured in the Winter 2014 edition of U Magazine. | More Info

Michael Teitell, MD, PhD, has been appointed UCLA's next Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), effective July 1, 2014. The FAR provides a faculty voice and perspective in the administration and oversight of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Wayne Grody, MD, PhDWayne Grody, MD, PhD, explored the difference between Hollywood fact and fiction, and discussed his film and TV advisory experiences in the Smithsonian's Genomics, Hollywood Style program, webcast on January 29.

The Voice of Russia explores what makes Dr. Grody "Hollywood's go-to scientist."

Siavash Kurdistani, MD has been appointed Co-Director of the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), having previously served as an Associate Director. | More Info

Michael Teitell, MD, PhD, has been appointed as Associate Director for Clinical Integration of the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). | More Info
Clinical Lab Scientist Alisa Woods is the inaugural recipient of the Division of Transfusion Medicine's Loni Calhoun Educational Scholarship | More Info

Samuel Strom, PhD and Hane Lee, PhD are co-authors on a recently published paper in Human Molecular Genetics establishing HDAC8 as an important gene for patients with clinical features of Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. A mutation and phenotype discovered through Clinical Exome Sequencing performed at UCLA helped define the spectrum of conditions | Read More

Drs. Samuel Strom, Hane Lee, Kingshuk Das, Eric Vilain, Stanley Nelson, Wayne Grody and Joshua Deignan have successfully demonstrated a way to alleviate significant labor and cost burdens to clinical laboratories wishing to use next-generation sequencing technology by reducing the amount of required Sanger-based confirmation without sacrificing test quality. | Genetics inMedicine

Stan Nelson, MD, was quoted in an article by Al-Jazeera America about personalized medicine discussing UCLA's exome sequencing program, which enables parents to obtain a clear diagnosis and effective treatment for their children with rare genetic disorders.

The UCLA Kidney Exchange Program celebrated its 100th transplant on Dec. 2. Congratulations to UCLA Immunogenetics, Renal Pathology and all who made this important milestone a reality. | Read More

Oliver Hankinson, PhD has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science ("AAAS") for his scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. His election was announced in the Nov. 29 Science Journal.

Dennis Goldfinger, MD was recently chosen by the American Society For Apheresis to receive the annual Francis S. Morrison Memorial Lecture Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the field of apheresis medicine and apheresis professionals who have made a lasting difference in the field at the national level.

Drs. Jianyu Rao and Kimberly Mislick are among the authors of a groundbreaking study laying the groundwork for broader validation of label-free quantitative biophysical markers for clinical diagnoses of cancer and inflammation, which could help to reduce laboratory workload and improve clinical decision making. | Read More

Bogdan Pasaniuc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, is the recipient of a STOP CANCER 2014 I.C.O.N. Seed Grant. The highly-competitive, prestigious award is granted to promising and innovative junior scientists dedicated to developing improved treatments, new diagnostic procedures and ultimately, a cure. | Read More

The tremendous efforts of the many Path and Lab physicians and staff during the four-day Care Harbor community health care event were deeply appreciated by the community and the Department. Special thanks to Lavita Boyd, Kellie Brown, Luz Cutidioc-Padilla, Jessie De La Cruz, Lynne Ford, Lucy Garrido, Salpi Janetsian, Mary Levin, HopeAngel Mayberry, and Dawn Stene and to everyone who donated countless hours to make this annual event successful. | Read More

UCLA's 3rd Annual Genetics Symposium, scheduled 1/24/2014, has received a $5,000 unrestricted medical education grant from Illumina, Inc.'s Medical Education and Grant (MERG) Committee. These grants are intended to fulfill unmet educational needs for physicians in genomic medicine. Congratulations to Sharon Webb whose advocacy made this possible. | Read More

Congratulations to Elena Stark, MD, PhD and medical students, Jason Scapa, Sara Mottahedan, Richard Morgan and Kevin Yang for a successful kick-off to the new Pathology Interest Group, "PathIG," Speaker Series. | Read More

Gay Crooks, MBBSGay Crooks, MBBS has been appointed the Rebecca Smith Chair in A-T Research. The Chair supports an outstanding senior faculty member in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine who provides continuing leadership in innovative research and education in the cause, diagnosis and treatment of Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) and the genetic disorders it exemplifies.

The Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Surgery announced a $2 million grant award from the W.M. Keck Foundation to fund research aimed at increasing the quality of donor livers. Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski, MD, PhD, is the principal investigator | Read More

Local businessmen Peter Heumann and Howie Neftin present major donation raised during City of Angels Fun Ride and benefiting UCLA Blood & Platelet Center | Read More

Congratulations to Path & Lab's Omai Garner, PhD, who, along with PI Aydogan Ozcan, PhD and Co-PIs Dino Di Carlo, PhD, and Michael Lewinski, PhD, has been awarded a $2 million grant for "Cellphone-based Digital Immunoassay Platform for High-throughput Sensitive and Multiplexed Detection and Distributed Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Influenza." | Read More

Josh Deignan, PhD among authors of long awaited clinical next-generation sequencing standards, to be published in Genetics in Medicine | Read More

Welcome visiting scholar from Mozambique, Dr. Olegario Muanantatha | Read More

Robert Schiestl, PhD and Jonathan Braun, MD, PhD among Path and Lab and JCCC researchers who discovered link between intestinal bacteria and white blood cell cancer. | Read More 

Dr. Peter Tontonoz' and colleagues' article and artwork are featured on the July 2, 2013 cover of Cell Metabolism.  | Read More: "LXRs Regulate Lipogenesis in Obesity"

Gay Crooks is among those featured in the Summer 2013 "U" Magazine, discussing "Finding the Missing Link" between hematopoietic stem cells and the rest of the human lymphoid system. | Read More

Wayne Grody, MD, PhD; Stanley Nelson, MD and Lee Hilborne, MD weigh in on Supreme Court's unanimous ruling rejecting human gene patenting | Dr. Wayne Grody: Los Angeles Times-Science Now; Los Angeles Times-Business; Jewish Journal | Dr. Stanley Nelson: KTTV-Channel 11 | Dr. Lee Hilborne: CBS Newspath

Heroes Among Us: Jonathan Braun, MD, PhD and Lynn Gordon, MD, PhD among three UCLA physicians who came to the rescue of airplane passenger during  flight.   | Read More

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is pleased to announce that Rita Effros, PhD, has been chosen President-Elect of the Gerontological Society of America, the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. | Read More

Stanley Nelson, MD has been awarded $100,000 from Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy to examine the genomes of boys who are either very mildly or very severely affected with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, to identify changes in genes other than dystrophin that may affect the disease's course. | More Information

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) recently named Mahul B. Amin, MD,  as Editor-In-Chief of the upcoming eighth edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual.  | More Information

Drs. Faramarz Naeim, MD; Nagesh Rao, PhD; Sophie Song, MD, Phd; and Wayne Grody, MD, PhD have authored the Atlas of Hematopathology: Morphology, Immunophenotype, Cytogenetics and Molecular Approaches, the definitive diagnostic atlas of the diseases of the hematopoietic system.  | More Information

Michael Teitell, MD, PhDCongratulations to Michael Teitell, MD, PhD, who has been appointed Lya and Harrison Latta Chair in Pathology. The purpose of the Chair is to advance the discipline of Pathology through the interdisciplinary translation of basic biology to the prevention and treatment of disease.

Wayne Grody, MD, PhDCongratulations to Wayne Grody, MD, PhD. Dr. Grody is the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Golden Apple Award, Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program

Elena Stark, MD, PhDCongratulations to Elena Stark, MD, PhD. Dr. Stark is the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Golden Apple Award in Teaching Excellence.

Congratulations to Drs. Scott Binder, Alistair Cochran, Galen Cortina, Charles Lassman, Sheeja Pullarkat, Jonathan Said and Hanlin Wang, voted Best Doctors 2013. | More Information

Stanley NelsonClinical Exome Sequencing Presentation

View Stanley Nelson, MD's presentation of "Clinical Exome Sequencing at UCLA | UCLA Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. | View Video

Gregory FishbeinGregory Fishbein, MD Recipient of 2013 Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Fellowship

First established in academic year 2004/2005, the Fellowship is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding trainee committed to disease research and clinical innovation.  |  Pathology Profile - Greg Fishbein


Jiaoti HuangResearchers Discover Molecular Mechanism for Lethal form of Prostate Cancer

Findings published in the journal Endrocrine-Related Cancer demonstrate that an aggressive form of prostate cancer is a totally different disease than conventional prostate cancer.  |  More Information


Samuel French Sr.Dr. Samuel French to receive 2014 Gold-Headed Cane Award

Congratulations to Samuel French, MD, who will be awarded the prestigious 2014 American Society for Investigative Pathology Gold-Headed Cane Award for recognition of long-term contributions to pathology.  |  More Information


UCLA & China AgreementsUCLA Enters Landmark Arrangements in China

UCLA Department of Path & Lab will be integral to landmark arrangements between UCLA and  the Cancer Center Hospital/Institute, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS)  |  More Information


Sarah Dry - TPCLTPCL Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Sarah Dry was congratulated for the excellence of services being provided in the Translational Pathology Core Laboratory - UCLA Biorepository.   | More Information

WiscoJonathan Wisco to be awarded 2013 Besmajian Award

The American Association of Anatomists' 2013 Basmajian Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research & Scholarship will be presented to Jonathan Wisco this April.  |    More Information


UCLA NewsScientists find drug that may help in fight against duchenne muscular dystrophy

UCLA Scientists, including Drs. Stanley Nelson and Carrie Miceli, have identified a drug already approved by the FDA, that provides a powerful boost to therapy now being tested in clinical trials    Read Article>>

Vinters & YongNeuropathology: A Reference Text of CNS Pathology

Drs. Harry Vinters and William Yong of the Department of Path & Lab are among the authors of this newly-published, definitive reference text, now in its third edition.



Jianyu Rao, MD, published in ModernHealthcare.com

October 2012 - UCLA, Pathology & Lab Medicine's Dr. Jianyu Rao, MD conceived the idea for a telepathology program helping international telemedicine become a growing force for U.S. hospitals   ModernHealthcare.com>>

David Chia, PhD and Lee Goodglick, PhDDavid Chia PhD and Lee Goodglick, PhD, published in the New England Journal of Medicine

October 2012 - David Chia, PhD and Lee Goodglick, PhD, were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine for work titled, "Fibulin-3 as a Blood and Effusion Biomarker for Pleural Mesothelioma"   NEJM.org>>

Elaine Reed, PhDElaine Reed, PhD wins ASHI Rose Payne Distinguished Scientist Award

Dr. Reed, Director of the UCLA Immunogenetics Center, was awarded this top honor in Immunogenetics in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field. Rose Payne was a pioneer in the field of immunogenetics, and Dr. Reed is one of only a handful of women who have ever been bestowed this distinguished award in its 28-year history. The UCLA Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine congratulates Dr. Reed for this outstanding achievement! Read more>>

Sarah Dry, MDSarah Dry, MD Among Recipients of $2 million NIH Grant

The UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine congratulates Dr. Dry and her two UCSF colleagues who were recently awarded a $2 million NIH Supplemental Grant over a three year period - representing the first potential step to creating an integrated UC biorepository network.  Read more>>


UCLA scientists discover 'missing link' between blood stem cells, immune system

UCLA researchers have discovered a type of cell that is the "missing link" between bone marrow stem cells and all the cells of the human immune system, a finding that will lead to a greater understanding of how a healthy immune system is produced and how disease can lead to poor immune function.
The research was done using human bone marrow, which contains all the stem cells that produce blood during post-natal life.  Read more>>


Disease that stunts infants' growth traced to same gene that makes cells grow too fast

UCLA geneticists have identified the mutation responsible for IMAGe syndrome, a rare disorder that stunts infants' growth.  The twist?  The mutation occurs on the same gene that causes Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, which makes cells grow too fast, leading to very large children.  Published in the May 27 edition of the journal Nature Genetics, the UCLA findings could lead to new ways of blocking the rapid cell division that allows tumors to grow unchecked.  The discovery also offers a new tool for diagnosing children with IMAGe syndrome, which until now has been difficult to identify accurately.  Read more>>


Exome sequencing offers diagnostic clarity that can guide care decisions

Gene sequencing capabilities have advanced impressively over the past decade and the technology is beginning to have a significant impact as a diagnostic tool.  In 2001, the first draft of the human genome was sequenced after a 10-year effort that cost about $3 billion.  By 2007, the first individual genome sequence was published.  It took about 6 months and cost about $4 million.  Today, next generation sequencing tools make it possible to sequence the protein-coding portion of a patient's genome - and that of both parents - in a few weeks at a cost of about $6,500.  Read more>>

Clinical Exome Takes Off: UCLA Launches Dx TestClinical Exome Takes Off:  UCLA Launches Dx Test

May 2012 - As exome sequencing quickly becomes the method of choice for diagnosing rare conditions, a number of academic groups and companies have launched tests in recent months and are reporting their first successes.  The University of California, Los Angeles, is one of the newest groups to offer exome sequencing in a CLIA-certified laboratory.  genomeweb Article   

Wayne Grody, MD, PhDNature Profiles New Sequencing Program

February 2012 - Nature recently published a profile of a new program at UCLA led by the Departments of Human Genetics, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Pediatrics that that can sequence a patient's entire genome, sometimes leading to a life-changing diagnosis.  Wayne Grody, MD, PhD, medical director of the program and a professor of pathology, human genetics and pediatrics was quoted.  Nature Article

Dinesh Rao, MD, PhDDinesh Rao, MD, PhD, published in Nature for work on HIV Immunoprophylaxis

November 2011 - Dinesh Rao, MD, PhD, was recently published in Nature for work titled, "Antibody-based protection against HIV infection by vectored immunoprophylaxis."  Nature Article | Associated Press Article  

Michael Teitell, MD, PhDResearchers Uncover Mechanism that Regulates Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Metabolism

November 2011 - Congratulations to Michael Teitell, MD, PhD, and Jin Zhang, a CMP graduate student, for their work "uncovering a mechanism that regulates human pluripotent stem cell metabolism."  The four-year study appeared in The EMBA Journal.  UCLA Newsroom Article Full text        


Raymond L. Barnhill, MDRaymond L. Barnhill, MD, MSc, 2011 Founders' Award Recipient

October 2011 - The Founders' Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of dermatology.  This year, the award will be presented to Raymond L. Barnhill, who is internationally renowned for his many original contributions to our knowledge of the biology and pathology of melanocytic neoplasms.  Press Release 

A-T Society NewsRichard Gatti, MD, FAAP honored in A-T Society News

In the field of A-T research, few names are bigger than that of Professor Richard Gatti, MD, which will be familiar to almost everyone with an interest in the subject.  Professor Gatti was in the headlines earlier this year when his laboratory was awarded nearly $2 million by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for its research programmes.  Read more »

Dinesh Rao, MD, PhDDinesh Rao, MD, PhD, Named Kimmel Scholar

Congratulations to Dinesh S. Rao, MD, PhD, who was named a Kimmel Scholar by the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research.  The Kimmel Scholar Awards were created to advance the careers of gifted, young scientists involved in cancer research.  Those selected are chosen for demonstrating the greatest promise and innovation in their work, and must be in the early stages of their research career. 

Wayne Grody, MD, PhDWayne Grody, MD, PhD, Named President of the American College of Medical Genetics

March 2011 - Wayne W. Grody, MD, PhD, was named the new president of The American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG), the national professional organization for medical genetics professionals.  Dr. Grody takes over from Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD, FACMG, of Birmingham, AL, who completed his two-year term at the 2011 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting.  Press Release

Breast ImagingSophia Apple, MD, publishes new book, "Breast Imaging."

Imaging of the Breast, by Drs. Lawrence Bassett, Mary Mahoney, Sophia Apple, and Carl D'Orsi, is a comprehensive look at breast imaging.  It correlates radiologic images with pathology slides to strengthen the accuracy of your diagnosis.  This entry in the Expert Radiology Series also addresses topics such as appropriateness criteria for various imaging approaches, the BI-RAD quality assessment and reporting tool, and image-guided interventional procedures.  

Congratulations to Linda G. Baum, MD, PhD, on her new appointment as Associate Dean for Medical Student Research and Scholarship in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In this role, Dr. Baum will  oversee the Scholarship Selection Committee for Geffen and Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship program, the Short-term Training Program (STTP) and related activities, the concurrent and articulated degree programs, the Dean's Leadership in Health and Science Scholarship Program, and other research and scholarly activities of medical students longitudinally over their tenure in DGSOM. These efforts will be critical to amplifying the efforts to create for the students an environment that strongly encourages exploration of research and scholarly activities, in line with the goal to "create world leaders in health and science.
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