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August 9, 2018
Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies Dr. Richard Levenson and his team received the Innovation of the Year Award from Microscopy Today for their new Microscopy with Ultraviolet Surface Excitation (MUSE).

The American Association of Clinical Chemistry featured several presentations from our department at their 70th annual scientific meeting in Chicago, July 29- August 2, 2018. Associate Professor Dr. Nam Tran gave an oral presentation on combining procalcitonin and POC molecular infectious disease testing with the new “lab in a tube” (LIAT) system for antibiotic stewardship, plus a poster on the clinical significance of biotin interference on the new troponin assay. Grad student Kelly Lima did a talk on the clinical performance of the LIAT and “just-in-time” implementation for flu season.

August 8, 2018
On July 29-August 3, 2018, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)’s Conference on Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, and One Carbon Metabolism was held in Nova Scotia, organized by Distinguished Professor Dr. Ralph Green. Presentations included platform presentations from Associate Professor Kostantinos Zarbalis on the role of folic acid in neurodevelopment, and from Associate Professor Laura Borodinsky on the mechanisms of folate action during neural tube formation.

Assistant Professor Dr. Brittany Dugger presented two posters on “Convolutional Neural Networks to Assess Amyloid Plaques in Post-Mortem Human Brain” and “The Presence of Neuronal Proteins in Human Submandibular Glands in Alzheimer’s Disease Patients and Non-Demented Individuals” at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Chicago, the world's largest forum for the dementia research community.

Associate Professor Dr. Konstantinos Zarbalis received a new R21 award for $431,750 from the National Institute of Mental Health for his project "Mosaic analysis with double markers in the study of neuronal migration disorders."

On July 15-19, 2018, the Association of Pathology Chairs’ annual meeting in San Diego featured three posters from faculty Dr. Elham Vali Betts, Dr. Kristin Olson, and Dr. Hooman Rashidi: “Incorporating Hematology Quiz Application in Hematology Education” and “Use of Online Tools in Improving Medical Student and Resident Education in Anatomic Pathology.

July 16, 2018
On June 11, Sacramento’s Channel 13 news featured the clinical chemistry section’s change to the new high-sensitivity troponin test.  Our laboratory is the second in California and one of only a handful in the nation to offer this new improved test.

Professors Dr. Krish Krishnan and Dr. Yvonne Wan received $420,000 over 4 years via an NIH-SC3 mechanism to train under-represented minority students in their collaborative project "Effect of Western Diet in Gastrointestinal Cancer by NMR Metabolomics".

Professor Dr. Krish Krishnan co-authored a new textbook with Professor Emeritus Dr. Yin Yeh from UCD's Dept. of Applied Science. 

Director of Clinical Chemistry Dr. Nam Tran was featured in a Medscape video describing how biotin supplements commonly taken by patients can interfere with lab tests and confound results

The department welcomed two new faculty members,  Mingyu Cheng, MD, PhD and Anthony Karnezis, MD, PhD. Dr. Chen completed a fellowship in genitourinary and renal pathology at Louisiana State Univ. Health Science Center, and has a background in tissue engineering. Dr. Karnezis Is a gynecologic pathologist who was a staff scientist and previous molecular oncology fellow at the University of British Columbia.

Eight outstanding new housestaff joined the department in the new academic year. Residents are Dr. Alison Chan (Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine/Midwestern Univ.), Dr. Peter Conner (St. George's Univ.), Dr. Tahera Iqbal (Touro Univ.), Dr. Ryan Thomas (Florida Int'l Univ.).  Fellows are Dr. Alejandro Mendoza (Cytopath), Dr. Lorne Holland (Informatics), Dr. Elham Karmangar (Surg Path), Dr. Alae Yaseen (Surg Path).

Resident Dr. George Gao has been selected for USCAP’s 2018 Resident Leadership Training Scholarship and will attend this special program at USCAP’s Interactive Learning Center in December.

June 06, 2018

Thirteen college undergraduates from across the nation joined the department as Edmondson Summer Research Interns on June 18, 2018.  This 8-week mentored research experience includes a partnership with UCD Health’s Prep Medico program.  2018 interns include:  Aayushi Adettiwar (UCSB), Gabriella Albert (Univ. of Tampa), Eric Arauza (UCSC), Hannah Bullock (UCLA), Sakshi Das (UCSB), Claudia Espino (UCSC), Monty Khela (Case Western Reserve Univ.), Kyle McNeil (UCD), Julia Nguyen (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Zachary Rabow (UCD), Esteban Rios (Fresno Pacific Univ.), Madhav Sharma (UCD), Shai Tanner (CSU Long Beach).

The American Association of Neuropathologists annual meeting in Louisville, KY on June 7-10, 2018 featured two platform presentations from Assistant Professor Dr. Brittany Dugger, and a platform session chaired by Associate Professor Dr. Mirna Lechpammer.

On June 1, 2018, the department honored graduating housestaff, including residents Drs. Nima Amini, Amir Ghorbani, Jessica Rogers, and Jeanna Su; and fellows Drs. Dan Dolderer, Mahan Matin, Sasha Raymond, Jianmin Xu. Graduates will be going on to prestigious fellowships at UCLA (hematopathology), UCSD (neuropathology), Univ. of Washington (GI pathology), Univ. of Massachusetts (dermatopathology), Univ. of Miami (molecular pathology), Univ. of Alabama (molecular pathology), as well as joining pathology practice.

Awards at the annual housestaff graduation dinner on June 1, 2018 included Outstanding Teacher Awards to Dr. Tao Wang (faculty, anatomic pathology), Dr. John Paul Graff (faculty, clinical pathology), Debbie Pepito (staff), Dr. Sasha Raymond (fellow), Dr. Meighan Tomic (volunteer faculty, VA); Staff Support Award to Jennifer Black; Professionalism Awards to Dr. Ananya Datta Mitra (housestaff), Kristin Olson (faculty), Anna Schmidt (staff).

Dr. Guillermo Martinez-Torres provided graduation remarks as the department’s 2018 Pathology Distinguished Alumnus.  Dr. Martinez-Torres is Vice President of the College of American Pathologists' Foundation, President of North Shore Pathologists, Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, and recipient of the first Raymond C. Zastrow Award from the Wisconsin Society of Pathologists (WSP) for leadership, service and advocacy.

June 5, 2018
On May 24, the department received a Resolution from the California Legislature to recognize 50 years of contribution to the health of the people of California as an academic department of the UC Davis School of Medicine. The Resolution was sponsored by state Senator Richard Pan and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty.

Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies Dr. Richard Levenson was honored with 2018 Chancellor’s Innovator of the Year Award at a special ceremony on May 15 for development of Microscopy with Ultraviolet Surface Excitation (MUSE).

2018 medical graduate, Jun Yang Jiang received the Stowell Award for Excellence in Pathology at the annual award luncheon on May 18.

On May 4, Noha Mostafa and Erin Kew received their degrees in cytotechnology from the University of Nebraska College of Allied Health Professions as part of the distance learning partnership with UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

May 14, 2018
Medical student Amber Harmon received the highly prestigious HONORS Award from the American Society of Hematology to carry out research into CHIP (Clonal Hematopoiesis of Indeterminate Potential).   She is mentor by Distinguished Professor and Chair Emeritus Dr. Ralph Green.

Residency alumnus, Dr. Chris Hansen, is one of the pathologists interviewed in a recent article in Clinics in Laboratory Medicine on global health volunteerism.  Dr. Hansen was the inaugural recipient of our Distinguished Alumni Award because of his dedication as a volunteer to developing the pathology specialty in Africa.

Associate Professor, Dr. Kristin Olson, has been elected Member-at-Large for the Undergraduate Medical Educators group in the Association of Pathology Chairs.  Dr. Olson is the Instructor of Record for our pathology course for medical students.

The Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, and One-Carbon Metabolism Conference will take place on July 29-August 3, 2018 at the Western Shore, Nova Scotia.  This course is ideal for college students and professionals at every level interested in emerging #OneCarbonMetabolism research.  Our very own Distinguished Professor, Dr. Ralph Green is the co-organizer of this meeting!!  To register: register: http://faseb.org/src/micro/site/Folic/Home.aspx #FASEBSRC

April 27, 2018
Residency alumus Dr. Christian Hansen is one of the pathologists interviewed in a recent article on global health volunteerism published in Clinics in Laboratory Medicine.   Dr. Hansen was the inaugural recipient of the department’s Distinguished Alumni Award because of his dedication to supporting pathology practice in Africa.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272271217301051?via%3Dihub

On April 21 and 22, the California Association of Medical and Laboratory Technologists held their annual spring seminar at UC Davis Health campus.

Dr. Hooman Rashidi, Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education, received the Deans' Award for Excellence in Education for his innovative educational technologies and outstanding teaching contributions at the annual awards ceremony on April 10, 2018.

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