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October 29, 2014
Academic Chief Administrative Officer, Catherine Diaz-Khansefid, was inducted as the Founding President of the Northern California Chapter of the international annual meeting of the Society of Research Adminstrators in San Diego, October 18-22.

October 23, 2014
2014 Edmondson intern Maria Sanchez and mentor, Assistant Professor Dr. James Chan, presented a poster "Analysis of HER2 and CD44 turnover rates in two breast cancer cell lines using fluorescence microscopy" at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, in Los Angeles, October 16-18.

October 20, 2014
The week of October 13, Nigerian hematologists, Dr. Mabel Ekanem from Univ. of Uyo and Dr. Iquo Iganga from Univ. of Calabar, visited our blood bank and blood provider BloodSource to learn more about transfusions practices, including blood collection.

Associate Professor Dr. Mingyi Chen has received a support grant from Bayer Pharma AG's Grants4Targets program for his project "Lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) is a potential therapeutic target of of sickle cell vasculopathy."

September 15, 2014
Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan has received a $2.7M U01 award from the National Cancer Institute for her project "The Role of Probiotic Bifidobacteria and Bile Acid Metabolism in Carcinogenesis."   Dr. Wan's co-principle investigators are Dr. David Mills from the Dept. of Viticulture and Enology, and Dr. Carolyn Slupsky from the Dept. of Food Science & Technology.

September 9, 2014
Transfusion Medicine Fellow Dr. Sarah Barnhard will represent our department at the annual AABB meeting to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 23-29, 2014.  Dr. Barnhard will present a poster, titled “Using the Tethered Meta Registry to improve the UCDMC Patient Blood Management System.” The research and resulting poster is a collaborative effort with Hematopathology fellow Dr. Rebecca Sonu, Professor Dr. Carol Marshall, Vice Chair for Informatics Dr. Michael Hogarth, Sharon L. Meyers, Ph.D., Clinical Registries Supervisor with UCDHS Health Education Management, former UC Davis Assistant Professor Dr. Jeremy Parsons, and Larry Errecart, an analyst with UCDHS Information Technology.

September 5, 2014
Professor Dr. Richard Levenson, Vice-Chair for Strategic Technologies, will be an active participant at the College of American Pathology (CAP) annual meeting to be held in Chicago, Illinois September 7-11.  On Tuesday, September 9, Dr. Levenson will teach “Microscopy without the Microscope, New Ways to Guide Clinical Decision-Making,” and on Wednesday, September 10, he will join Dr. Jill Kaufman of CAP in presenting the roundtable course, "In-patient and Near-patient Real-time Microscopy: Good News or Bad News?"  He also plans to present his poster, titled “Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging (MIBI) of Human Breast Tumors."

Also in attendance at CAP will be fourth-year resident Dr. Elham Vali Khojeini, who will present her poster, “Stromal Rich Variant of Hyaline-Vascular Castleman Disease, a Case Report of an Unusual Tumor with Review of the Literature,” co-authored with her mentor, Associate Professor Dr. Mingyi Chen.  Dr. Elham has been accepted as the 2015-2016 UC Davis Hematopathology Fellow.

August 19, 2014
Assistant Professor Dr. James Chan has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, "Multifocal Laser Tweezers Raman Spectroscopy for Parallel Spectral Analysis of Biological Cells".

August 11, 2014
Catherine Diaz-Khansefid, our Academic Chief Administrative Officer is the President-Elect of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Research Administrators.

August 4, 2014
Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Olson has been appointed to a three-year term on our school's Committee for Educational Policy.  Dr. Olson is the Instructor of Record for our pathology courses for first and second year medical students.

July 29, 2014
On July 30, Assistant Professor Dr. Nam Tran and 2013 Edmondson Intern Amanda Steele presented three posters at the American Association of Clinical Chemistry's annual meeting in Chicago.  All three posters involve point of care glucose testing in critically ill patients and the effects of sample interference on device accuracy, and included testing in 10 different glucose meters. 

July 23, 2014
Distinguished Professor Dr. Ishwarlial (Kenny) Jialal is the author of two chapters in the newly released 2015 Tietz Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, 7th Ed.

July 8, 2014
Our department has been named a Molecular Center of Excellence by Roche Diagnostics, a recognition shared by just 35 other molecular labs nationwide who collaborate and capitalize on scientific knowledge in molecular testing and accelerate the advancement of new test methods and technology.

June 21, 2014
The pathology team of biomedical engineering undergrads led by our very own Assistant Professor Dr. Nam Tran won the 2014 Best Senior Design Award for designing a unique tissue sampler for use during digital image-guided autopsies.  The students' experience is featured in this YouTube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwp22azxFVc&feature=youtu.be

Distinguished Professor Dr. Ralph Green is a featured speaker at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Working Group on the Microbiome in Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Hematologic Health and Diseases".  His lectures include “Hematologically Relevant Micronutrient Status: Does the Microbiome Affect Vitamin Bioavailability? Studies Using Biosynthetically Labeled Cobalamin” on 6/25, and “Is Vitamin B6 Status Important in Sickle Cell Disease? Lessons Learned from a Supplementation Trial”  on 6/26.

June 19, 2014
Assistant Professor Dr. Nam Tran has been accepted into the Emergency Medicine K12 program for his project "Development of a Translational Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic (PK) Model for Antibiotic Therapy in Critically Ill Children".  This 2-year program is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 

June 6, 2014
Forensic pathologist, neuropathologist and volunteer clinical faculty member Bennet Omalu is the subject of an upcoming Hollywood film starring Will Smith which recounts Dr. Omalu's discovery of the unique brain changes associated with football concussions and the opposition he faced from the NFL.  http://m.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2014/06/05/will-smith-to-play-bennet-omalu-who-changed-the-way-we-think-about-football/

On June 7, chair Lydia Howell spoke on "HPV: Lab and Clinical Perspective; Implications for Screening and Interpretation" at UC Davis' annual Women's Health Conference in Sonoma, CA.

May 30, 2014
New graduate Andrew Meyers is the recipient of the 2014 Robert E. Stowell Award for Excellence in Pathology.  Established by the department's founding chair, Robert E. Stowell, this award recognizes exceptional performance in the pathology course and pathology electives.

May 15, 2014
Dr. Richard Levenson, Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies, is speaking on "In-Situ Cancer Vaccine with Laser Potentiaion: From Mouse to Human to Cat" at the World Pharma Congress, May 21-23, Boston, MA.

May 5, 2014
Director of Apheresis Dr. Leonor Fernanco is co-editor of a Spanish language special review issue from the American Society of Apheresis.   Produced only once every 3 years, the special issue is evidenced-based and serves as the key resource for information on medical conditions treated by therapeutic apheresis.

April 29, 2014
Assistant Professor Dr. Mingyi Chen is serving as a mentor to 2nd year medical student Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo who has received a UCD Medical Student Research Fellowship Stipend Award to participate in Dr. Chen's project "Role of LOX-1 in the pathogenesis of sickle cell disease cerebral vasculopathy."

Incoming Chief Resident Dr. Christina DiLoreto gave an oral presentation entitled "Hemoglobin C from a Donor Following Red Cell Exchange" at the annual meeting of the California Blood Bank Society, April 30-May 1 in Lake Tahoe.  Her mentor was Dr. Leonor Fernando.

April 23, 2014
Chair Lydia Howell, M.D. shared the importance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week on New10@9http://www.news10.net/videos/news/health/2014/04/23/8055229/

April 22, 2014
Richard Levenson, M.D. was a panelist at RSNA/ASCP Workshop on Radiology and Pathology Diagnostics:  Is it Time to Integrate?   "High Dimensional Fused-Informatics:  Is there an Opportunity to Re-define the Diagnostic Process?" in Oakbrook, IL  April 21-22.

March 21, 2014
Match Day brings four outstanding new residents to our department:   Nima Amini (MPHA, California State University Northridge; MD, Tehran University of Medical Sciences);  Nicholas Coley (MD-PhD, University of Washington; BS UC Davis); Ruijin Su (MD Guangzhou Medical University; PhD Chinese University of Hong Kong);  Pritesh Chaudhari (MD, Ross University;  BS, Washington University).

Two faculty members have received new grants exploring highly multiplexed ion beam imaging.  Richard Levenson is PI on a R21 award for  "Highly multiplexed ion-beam tissue RNA in situ imaging with sub-micron resolution" and Sandy Borowsky is PI on a Dept. of Defense grant for "Next-Generation Molecular Histology Using Highly Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging (MIBI) of Breast Cancer Tissue Specimens for Enhanced Clinical Guidance."

March 19, 2014
Drs. Kristin Olson and Ishwarlial Jialal were participants in the annual Leadership Conference for the American Society of Clinical Pathology in Miami.  Dr. Olson attended as a member of the editorial board for the ASCP Case Study program.  Dr. Jialal participated as section editor for the Clinical Chemistry section of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

March 19, 2014
Assistant Professor, Dr. Nam Tran was honored with the Dean's Award for Excellence in Education for his creative leadership in developing a unique and successful multi-disciplinary undergraduate course “Clinical Applications for Biomedical Device Design". 

March 18, 2014
Distinguished Professor Ralph Green delivered the 15th Annual Kouichi R. Tanaka,MD Hematology Lecture on "Blood and Guts: Some Connections Between Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract and the Hematopoietic System" in the Department of Medicine at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center in Los Angeles.

March 18, 2014
The annual UC Davis Health System Quality Forum featured posters by residents Drs. Sarah Barnhard and Rebecca Sonu,  "Using the UC-Davis Tethered Meta Registry to Improve the UCDMC Patient Blood Management System" and  "Evaluation of Oral Calcium Carbonate Prophylaxis for Therapeutic Plasma Exchange during a Calcium Gluconate Shortage".

March 12, 2014
Assistant Professor, Dr. Chris Polage led the kick-off of a major quality improvement initiative to reduce hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infections, a serious nationwide complication.  This project is funded by a $2.4 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

March 6, 2014
Two major new project contracts have been awarded to Professor and Vice Chair of Informations Services Michael Hogarth and his team.   A $1.7 million five-year contract for their project  "Developing Capacity In Data Analytics Necessary To Work With Big Data Held In Health Care Systems" will assist MediCal in managing health care provisioning, fraud detection, and other services.  The State of Maryland is providing $186,000 for the creation of a state-wide electronic death registry, modelled after the system that Dr. Hogarth's group developed and operates for the State of California.

March 5, 2014
Professor Dr. Alaa Afify presented three posters at the US and Canadian Academy of Pathology in San Diego. Topics included proteomic analysis of effusions, expression of CD44v6 in colon, and magnetic bead immunoisolation of pancreatic epithelial cells for downstream molecular applications.

March 4, 2014
Residents Sarah Barnhard, Christina Di Loreto, Mahan Matin, Rebecca Sonu and Elham Vali Khojeini had poster presentations at the US and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in San Diego.  Topics included on-site evaluation of renal biopsies, core biopsy diagnosis of intraductal papilloma, CD4/CD8 T-cell ratios by flow cytometry in bronchioloalveolar lavage.

March 3, 2014
Assistant Professor Dr. Mingyi Chen gave a platform presentation on  “Detection of an Epigenetic Regulator/Histone Methyltransferase and Putative Oncoprotein MMSET/NSD2 Expression in High Grade B-Cell Lymphomas” at US and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in San Diego.

February 21, 2014
On February 21, resident Christina DiLoreto gave an oral presentation on SCUBA diving fatalities at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting in Seattle.

 

 

 

January 14, 2014
Assistant professor Konstantinos Zarbalis has received an Explorer Award from the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation to support his research examining autophagy dysregulation as an underlying mechanism in autism.

December 23, 2013
Assistant Professor, Dr. James Chan, was awarded a 3-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $371,381 for his project "Nonlinear Optical Based Flow Cytometry for Purifying Stem Cell Derived Cardiomyocytes".  This year, Dr. Chan also received a $200,000 NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Fundamental Research Program grant for "Dynamic Imaging of Cancer Stem Cell Proliferation Using Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Labels", and a 3-year $432,000 contract from a major pharmaceutical company to study the role of Raman spectroscopy in pharmacokinetics.

December 20, 2013
Our faculty are key leaders in new awards funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for the development of a large national network for clinical outcomes research:  Vice Chair of Information Services Mike Hogarth is the UCD site principle investigator for 'Patient-centered Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research' which includes all five UC medical centers, in addition to other universities, the RAND Corporation, and the Veterans Administration. Our Cardiff Professor for Research Informatics, Nick Anderson, is co-principle investigator for Community-Engaged Network for All, which includes collaborators at UCSF, Genetic Alliance, Private Access and ten disease advocacy organizations.

November 16, 2013
Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan delivered a plenary lecture on "Bile Acid-Induced Death and Survival of Liver and Colon Cells" at the 7th Guangdon and Hong Kong Liver Annual Symposium, November 23-25.

 

 

November 12, 2013
Bennet Omalu, an associate clinical professor of pathology at UC Davis who discovered the neurological disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in retired professional football players, was named among the top 20 forensic pathology professors online by www.ForensicsColleges.com. He is also chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County.

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/8426

November 8, 2013
The American Society of Cytopathology's annual meeting November 8-12 featured a platform presentation by chair Lydia Howell on computerized decision support to assist appropriate Pap test ordering, a poster on suspicious thyroid fine needle aspirations by resident Christina DiLoreto, fellow Meighan Tomic, and faculty Eric Huang, and a workshop on common challenges in veterinary and human cytopathology led by Lydia Howell, Meighan Tomic, and veterinary faculty member William Vernau.

 

October 22, 2013
Our department was honored at the Sacramento Community Cancer Coalition’s Annual Health Fair on October 19.  Phlebotomist Carlton Matthews received a Community Service Award for his 5 years of service at this event, and members of the California State Assembly recognized our department with a proclamation for providing phlebotomy services and PSA screening for the past five years.

October 7, 2013
Assistant professor Dr. Izumi Maezawa received an NIH R01 grant for $1.56 million for her project studying a potential therapeutic target for reducing brain damage in Alzheimer’s disease, "The Role of KCa3.1 in Neuroinflammation in Alzheimer Disease."

On October 8, PBS Frontline documentary “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” featured associate professor Dr. Bennett Omalu, discoverer of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a unique microscopic finding in the brains of pro football players.  http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/8274

September 17, 2013
Assistant Professor Dr. Eric Huang is the opening speaker at the Calfornia Association of Cytotechnology’s annual workshop in San Diego on September 21.  Dr. Huang is speaking on “2012 Updated ASCCP Consensus Management Guidelines for Women with Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests”.

Dr. Michael Hogarth, our Vice Chair of Information Services, was honored as a member of the team receiving the Nicholas Davies Award which recognizes health care organizations who demonstrate the value of the electronic medical record in supporting patient care, improved patient outcomes, addressing challenges and describing solutions that can be replicated by others.  http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/8199/?WT.rss_f=UC+Davis+Health+System+news&WT.rss_ev=a&WT.rss_a=Article_8199

September 10, 2013
Distinguished Professor Dr. Ralph Green spoke on “Vitamin B6 and vascular disease risk: homocysteine or inflammation” and chaired a session on Vitamin B6, tryptophan, and inflammation at the 9th Annual Conference on Homocysteine and One-Carbon Metabolism, September 8-10, at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Assistant Professor Dr. Eric Huang has been appointed to the Cervical Expert Workgroup, a collaboration between the California Dept. of Health Services and the Institute of Public Health at San Diego State University.  to improve quality of cervical cancers screening in state funded programs.  He replaces Department Chair Dr. Lydia Howell who has served on this workgroup for the past 21 years.

September 3, 2013
Dr. Ishwarlal (Kenny) Jialal, our Stowell Chair in Experimental Pathology, was advanced to Distinguished Professor.  This honor is reserved for the most highly accomplished faculty who have attained national and international recognition for the impact of their research, excellent teaching and highly meritorious service.

Assistant Professor Nam Tran and his multi-disciplinary team found that glucose monitoring systems with an auto-correct feature were more accurate for monitoring burn patients, an important finding improving quality of patient care..   http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/8146

August 19, 2013
On August 6th, Professor Michael Hogarth and his team were honored with a gold level Larry Sautter Award by the University of California for their leadership in developing a tethered meta registry consolidating 2.1 million patient records.  This registry will provide a central data resource for research and service improvement projects.  http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.php?id=14556

August 14, 2013
Professor Regina Gandour-Edwards is serving as the Medical Director for the world-renown Jackson Laboratory-West.

Residency and forensic pathology fellowship alumnus Mark Fajardo has been appointed the Chief Medical Examiner-coroner for Los Angeles County. http://temecula.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/riverside-countys-chief-pathologist-slated-to-be-next-coroner-to-the-stars_57d6a8d4

July 25, 2013
A new inhibitor of C-reactive protein, developed by Ishwarlial Jialal,  Stowell chair in experimental pathology, is a potential treatment for cardiovascular disease since it blunts the inflammatory process that causes this disease. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/8041

July 16, 2013
Assistant Professor Dr. Christopher Polage has received a grant for $2,478,275 for his project “Reduction of Clostridium difficile Transmission and Hospital-acquired Venous Thromboembolism” from the Gordon and Betty Irene Moore Foundation. Dr. Polage will be collaborating with Chief Nursing Officer, Carol Robinson.

Sixteen faculty members received academic advancements, effective July 1.  Drs. Jimmy Chen and Imran Khan were promoted to Associate Professor. Merit advancements were awarded to Drs. Alaa Afify, Peter Barry, Dariusz Borys, James Chan, Denis Dwyre, Eric Huang, Hanne Jensen, Izumi Maezawa, Carol Marshall, Kristin Olson, Christopher Polage, Joo Song, Nam Tran, and Yanhong Zhang.

July 11, 2013
Associate Professor Imran Khan has been awarded one of 10 grants from Phase 5 of the Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program for his project “Development and Commercialization of a Blood-based Tuberculosis Diagnostic Test”. This research award is sponsored by the US State Department and USAID, and will be conducted with collaborator Dr. Natasha Anwar of Forman Christian College in Pakistan.

Professor Raj Ramsamooj has been elected Vice Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee.

June 25, 2013
Professor Leonor Fernando, Director of Apheresis, was honored as a Fellow by the American College of Physicians in their 2013 Convocation in recognition of her service and contributions to the practice of medicine.

Vice Chair of Research, Dr. Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan,  was presented with certificates of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute of Health for her many years of public health service on several NIH study sections.

Yuqi He, a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of Vice Chair Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, received the outstanding abstract award at the 95th Endocrine Society's Annual Meeting & Expo in San Francisco on June 15th-18th. Dr. He's award winning submission was titled, "Genomic Binding and Transcriptome Profiling Defines the Role of Retinoic Acid in Hepatic Lipid Homeostasis".

June 17, 2013
We welcome 10 outstanding Edmondson Summer Research Fellows for 2013: Alyssa Benjamin (UCD), Natalie Benning (Sac City), Mark Douglass (Santa Rosa Jr. College), Jerry Fang (Johns Hopkins), Nazera Fazli (Los Medanos Comm. College), David Nam (Amherst), Lous Schuetter (UCD), Amanda Steele (UCD). Ali Valdrighi (Pomona).

June 12, 2013
Under the mentorship of faculty members Ralph Green and Mingyi Chen, first-year medical student Amrita Krishnamurthy received the prestigious 2013 Hematology Opportunities for the Next-Generation of Research Scientists Award.
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/7875

June 10, 2013
Under the mentorship of faculty members Ralph Green and Mingyi Chen, first-year medical student Amrita Krishnamurthy received the prestigious 2013 Hematology Opportunities for the Next-Generation of Research Scientists Award.

May 31, 2013
Undergraduate student Amanda Steele, a mentee of asst prof Nam Tran, has received Honorable Mention in the competition for the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for her project A Novel Quantitative Analysis Method for Predicting Acute Kidney Injury During Burn Resuscitation.” 

April 30, 2013
Assistant Professor, Dr. Mingyi Chen along with Dean Claire Pomeroy recently had an article published in the prestigious Science journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS) entitled, Murine natural killer cell licensing and regulation by T regulatory cells in viral responses.

For a copy of the article, please visit:
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/04/12/1218767110.abstract

April 26, 2013
Professor Lee-Way Jin received a $250,000 award from the BrightFocus Foundation for his study "KCa3.1 Blockers for Alzheimer's Disease Therapy".

Our Transfusion Medicine fellowship, under the leadership of program director, Dr. Carol Marshall, received a full 5-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

April 16, 2013
Three of our faculty are featured in the Neuroscience Symposium on 04/22-04/24 co-sponsored by UCDHS and Academia Sinica.  Taiwan's equivalent of the National Academy Science.  Dr. Lee-Way Jin and Dr. Hawi-Jong Cheng are each chairing sessions, and Dr. Ralph Green is a speaker.

Asst. Professor Dr. Nam Tran and his point-of-care technology team will be presenting five abstracts at the American Burn Association's annual meeting, April 24-26, including a platform presentation by medical student, Erin Howell, recipient of a medical student research fellowhip.

April 10, 2013
Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies, Dr. Richard Levenson, participated in the National Cancer Institutes' Provocative Questions panel on intravital imaging to identify compelling research questions that explore subjects that currently aren't studied.  The best questions wlll be selected for a funding opportunity that will be open to the national research community.

April 1, 2013
Faculty members Dr. Kristin Olson and Dr. Ishwarlal Jialal are participating in the annual Leadership Forum for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) on April 3-7.  Dr. Olson is a member of the editorial board for the ASCP Case Report program, and Dr. Jialal is a member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

March 25, 2013
A biosensor to quickly and cost-effectively identify pathogens causing urinary tract infections has been developed by Dr. Nam Tran and his team of biomedical engineering students who will participate in the National Undergraduate Global Health Technology Design Competition at Rice University on April 5, 2013.

March 11, 2013
Professor Peter Barry received a R01 grant for $2,807,934 from the National Institute of Health for his project "Prevention of Primary HCMV Infection by Vaccination Against HCMV-Encoded IL-10".

March 8, 2013
We welcome our first pathology assistant student, Susan Louie, who will spend a 14 week rotation at UCDHS as part of a collaborative relationship with Drexel University.

Chair Lydia Howell was a guest speaker at Loma Linda University’s Dept. of Pathology & Anatomy’s Alumni Reunion on February 28. Her presentations included “Generational and Gender Differences Toward Career Flexibility and Work-Life Balance” and “Surviving Disruption in Cytopathology: Creativity, Quality, and Core Service”.

Assistant professor Joo Song received a $50,000 fellowship award from the University of California’s Center for Health Quality and Innovation for his project "Expand the UC Davis Pathology Consortium to Southern California Medical Centers."

Assistant professor Mingyi Chen will speak on "Lectin-like Oxidized Receptor-1 in Atherosclerosis and Sickle Cell Disease Vasculopathy" at the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology's companion meeting at the US & Canadian Academy of Pathology, March 2-8 in Baltimore.  

February 19, 2013


Eight posters from our department will be featured at the upcoming US & Canadian Academy of Pathology, March 2-8 in Baltimore.  Five are from our housestaff:  Drs. Christina DiLoreto, Benjamin Durham, Nicole Pele, Meighan Tomic and Michael Van Ness.  Special thanks to all our faculty involved as presenters, mentors, and collaborators:  Drs. Afify, Bishop, Borowsky, Borys, Cardiff, Chen, Gandour-Edwards, Green, Huang, Zhang, 

Richard Levenson, vice chair of strategic technologies, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of OncoPathology.
Assistant Professor Mingyi Chen will speak on "Lectin-like Oxidized Receptor-1 in Atherosclerosis and Sickle Cell Disease Vasculopathy" at the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology's Companion Meeting at the US & Canadian Academy of Pathology, March 2-8 in Baltimore.Eight posters from our department will be featured at the upcoming US & Canadian Academy of Pathology, March 2-8 in Baltimore.  Five are from our housestaff:  Drs. Christina DiLoreto, Benjamin Durham, Nicole Pele, Meighan Tomic and Michael Van Ness.  Special thanks to all our faculty involved as presenters, mentors, and collaborators:  Drs. Afify, Bishop, Borowsky, Borys, Cardiff, Chen, Gandour-Edwards, Green, Huang, Zhang.Richard Levenson, Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of OncoPathology.

February 12, 2013
Assistant Professor, Dr. Christopher Polage, has been selected to serve as one of the 24 Associate Scientific Advisors for Science's sister journal, Science Translational Medicine.

January 18, 2013
Richard Levenson, our vice chair of strategic technologies, is prominently featured at the: Medicine Tri-Conference in February 11-15. He will be moderating a roundtable on tumor-stromal interactions, speaking on digital pathology, as well as moderating an additional roundtable. 

January 18, 2013
Rhonda Becker MPA MT(ASCP), director of professional services and our former core lab manager, has been appointed to the Clinical Laboratory Technology Advisory Committee (CLTAC).

January 10, 2013
New  research conducted by professor Ishwarlal Jialal found that fat stored in the buttock area secretes abnormal levels of proteins chemerin and omentin-1 that can lead to inflammation and insulin resistance in individuals with early metabolic syndrome. The article was posted online January 10 in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and will appear in the March 2013 print edition.

December 19, 2012
Erica Padilla has been appointed our new clinical chief administrative officer. Her administrative experience includes five years as the operations administrator at BloodSource with oversight of seven departments. She has a master's degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento.

December 19, 2012
Assistant professor Mingyi Chen has received an intramural research grant from the Cancer Center for his project "Identification of microbial pathogens in the pathogensis of lymphoma by a novel microarray assay."

November 26, 2012
Assistant professor Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno has received a $30,000 MIND Institute pilot research award for her project entitled An alteration in dendritic and spine number and morphology in pyramidal neurons in the prefrontal cortex underlies cognitive deficiencies present in autism.

November 26, 2012
The pre-conference on "Scientific Basis of Spinal Cord Injury Therapy" at the 2012 Howard H. Steel Conference featured a presentation by assistant professor Veronica Martinez Cerdeno on stem cell biology on November 28 in Orlando, Florida.

November 26, 2012
Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs John Bishop presented a poster “Raising the Bar: Breast Cancer Biomarkers IHC4 Harmonization from University of California - Athena Pathology Collaboration at the of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s inaugural Quality Care Symposium in San Diego on November 30- December 1, 2012.

November 6, 2012
Professor Michael Hogarth was a panelist in the 2012 California Health Information Exchange Summit on Nov 1st in Sacramento which brought together California's healthcare policy leaders and health information technology experts to discuss the optimal use of information technology to support the improvement of both clinical care and public health. Dr. Hogarth discussed "The Role of Big Data in Improving Quality, Outcomes, and Cost".

October 23, 2012
Assistant professor Eric Huang presented his abstract titled "Quantitative MRI assessment of LV structural remodeling and fibrosis formation in canine models of chronic atrial fibrillation" at the American Heart Association meeting  in Los Angeles November 3-7, 2012.

October 21, 2012
Distinguished professor  Ralph Green is an invited participant in the American Society of Hematology's (ASH)  “Fly In” Day on November 28 in Washington, DC.  This special advocacy effort enables ASH members  to lobby members of Congress  for relief of the scheduled 8.2% cut to the National Institute of Health's budget which is anticipated to have dramatic consequences to medical research.

October 21, 2012
Vice Chair of Information Services Michael Hogarth is participating in the UC Davis Big Data Implementation Committee to develop a comprehensive blueprint for computational infrastructure and intellectual resources  necessary for "big data" research and to meet the teaching needs of our campus.

October 21, 2012
A U.S. Patent recently was issued to associate professor Ramez Saroufeem, and a collaboration of fellow physicians and researchers in the Departments of Urology and Internal Medicine for an in vivo spectral micro-imaging esophageal device that will allow early detection of dysplastic changes in Barrett’s esophagus for subsequent targeted biopsy, diagnosis and early therapy. 

October 18, 2012
AProfessor Ishwarlial Jialal will be a featured speaker at the upcoming American Society for Clinical Pathology meeting in Boston, MA October 31-November 2.  Dr. Jialal's Nov. 1 presentation, titled, "Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers: Focus on Lipoproteins and Inflammation," will be part of the "Update Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers: A Systems Approach" session.  

October 18, 2012
Our department will be featured in two posters at the American Society for Clinical Pathology meeting in Boston, MA October 31-November 2.  Assistant professor Mingyi Chen, M.D., Ph.D., will be presenting a poster titled, "Characterization of Clonal Plasma Cells in Bone Marrow Biopsy Associated with Acute Myeloid Leukemia:  A Pilot Study."  Meighan Tomic, MD, cytopathology fellow and assistant professor Kristin Olson are presenting "A Medical Student Elective in Gastrointestinal Oncology Modeled after the Multidisciplinary Tumor Board."

October 15, 2012
Two of our faculty have been appointed section editors for Archives in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine: John Bishop is the section editor for digital pathology, and Richard Levenson is the editor of a new section on advanced imaging in pathology.

October 3, 2012
Faculty member Dariusz Borys is presenting a poster titled "Acceptance of Digital Tumor Board Presentations in Two Medical Institutions"  at the Digital Pathology Association's Pathology Visions 2012 Conference in Baltimore, Oct. 28-30.

October 3, 2012
In November, the American Society of Cytopathology's annual scientific meeting in Las Vegas  will feature six poster presented by housestaff Sarah Barnard, Mahan Matin, and Meighan Tomic, with faculty mentors Alaa Afify, John Bishop and Eric Huang.  Topics include cytologic differentiation of squamous and adenocarcinomas, atypical diagnoses in  thyroid, and urine cytology, telecytopathology, and virtual microscopy.

October 1, 2012
Welcome to our newest faculty member, neuropathologist Mirna Lechpammer MD PhD, whose research focuses on developmental neuropathology and includes thematic work on brain injury in premature infants and the neuropathology of Fragile X and related disorders.

September 13, 2012
Distinguished professor emeritus Bob Cardiff received UC Davis Extension's Outstanding Service Award for his leadership in developing the Pathobiology of the Mouse online program.  Other members of this award winning team included professor emeritus Clancy Miller and retired pathology specialist Robert J Munn, both of whom developed content for these award winning courses.

August 17, 2012
Clinical laboratory scientist Ka Pou (Emily) Iong has been selected as a Career Ambassador by the ASCP to raise awareness among pre-college students about careers in laboratory science. Emily is a recent graduate of our clinical lab science program.
 
August 15, 2012
Distinguished Professor Ralph Green will give the keynote lecture at the Second Asian Federation of Haematology Scientific Congress in Singapore on September 8.  He will speak on “Anemias beyond B12 and Iron deficiency: The Buzz about other B's, "Elementary" and non-Elementary problems.”

July 31, 2012
Congratulations to newly promoted professor Jeff Gregg, M.D. and associate professor Ramez Saroufeem, M.D. We also congratulate the following faculty for successful merit advancements: Sandy Borowsky, M.D.; Mingyi Chen, M.D., Ph.D.; Regina Gandour-Edwards, M.D.; Michael Hogarth, M.D. Lydia Howell, M.D.; Krish  Krishnan, Ph.D.; Tom Konia, M.D.; Richard Louie, Ph.D.; Paul Luciw, Ph.D.; Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno, Ph.D.; Raj Ramsamooj, M.D.; and Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu, Ph.D.

July 25, 2012
Third-year pathology resident Rebecca Sonu, M.D. was recently selected as a recipient of the 2012 Resident Representative Leadership Award presented by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. This competitive award will honor her at the 2nd Annual Michele D. Raible Lecture for Residents and provide financing for her conference registration, airfare and lodging for the ASCP Annual Meeting to be held in Boston, MA October 31-Nov. 2, 2012.

July 23, 2012
Our faculty are advancing diagnostic testing with two new industry contracts: Assistant Professor Chris Polage, M.D., is working with Siemens on MicroScan Antibiotic Qualification 15(AQ15) Gram-Positive External Design Validation Study. Assistant Adjunct Professor Richard Louie, Ph.D., is performing a clinical study sponsored by Roche Diagnostics, Inform II with Freedom II 7mm (ACCU-Chek Inform II).

July 23, 2012
Professor Lee-Way Jin, M.D., Ph.D. received an award from the International Rett Syndrome Foundation for his study "Preclinical studies of allopregnanolone, a positive GABAA receptor modulator."

July 6, 2012
Assistant professor Izumi Maezawa has received two new research awards to support her work in neuroglial pathology in Alzheimer's disease and Rett syndrome: a two year R21 for $400,000 from the National Institute of Health and a pilot award from the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center for $32,500.

July 6, 2012
Yvonne Wan, an award-winning scientist and mentor whose work focuses on the role of retinoids in liver cell disease and regeneration, joins the department as our new vice chair of research. Dr. Wan will also serve as scientific director of the UC Davis Health System biorepositories. 

July 6, 2012
A multi-institutional study of osteosarcomas led by assistant professor Dariusz Borys reveals that p16 expression can predict tumor response to chemotherapy. The study appears in the May issue of Human Pathology. 

June 29, 2012
Results from a NIH-funded study conducted by chair Lydia Howell and colleagues demonstrates that flexible career policies are important to faculty satisfaction.  Surprisingly, young men and older women are at high-risk for work-life conflict. 

June 29, 2012
Two new assistant professors join our department this summer: Jeremy Parsons completed a transfusion medicine fellowship at the Univ. of New Mexico, and Anna Romanelli finished a fellowship in Clinical Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

June 20, 2012
Faculty members Sandy Borowsky and Josh Miller have received IDEA grants from the California Breast Cancer Research Program for two projects: "Maternal Folic Acid Intake, Mammary Development, and Cancer" and "Establishing Cell Lifetimes of Normal and At Risk Breast Tissue".

June 16, 2012
Three assistant professors have received Academic Senate Research Awards: James Chan is using multimodal second harmonic generation and fluorescence microscopy to study arrhythmias, Mingyi Chen is studying microbial signatures in lymphomagenesis, and Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno is investigating stem cell treatment for spinal cord injury.

June 6, 2012
Faculty member Alexander Borowsky has found that a genetic mutation in p53 may play an important role in the development of prostate cancer and in its early progression toward a more aggressive form of the disease.  His  study was published online in the journal Disease Models & Mechanisms.

 

May 25, 2012
Congratulations to clinical laboratory science students Alexander Ko and Ka Pao Iong who are recipients of the 2012 National Student Honor Award from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

May 20, 2012
Zack Godwin, a junior research specialist working with Asst. Professor Nam Tran, will receive the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry's Distinguished Abstract Award for their study reporting the effects of hematocrit interference in critically ill burn patients.  This award will be presented at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry annual meeting in Los Angeles in July.

May 20, 2012
Regina Gandour-Edwards MD presented two posters at the ISBER Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, May 15-18: “Development of a Unique Human Cancer Xenograft Model: Essential Role for the UC Davis Cancer”, and “Collecting Blood for Research in the Asian American Community: A Collaboration Between the UC Davis Cancer Center Biorepository and the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training”.

April 23, 2012
On May 4, chair Lydia Howell is presenting a poster at the Association of American Medical College's Physician Workforce Research Conference in Washington DC titled "Work to be Done: A qualitative analysis of biomedical faculty attitudes about and perceptions of family-friendly workplace policies."

April 9, 2012
Faculty member Ishwarlal (Kenny) Jialal will receive the 2012 Garry Labbe Award from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry’s Nutrition Division at their annual symposium on July 17th. Dr. Jialal will provide an address titled "Nutritional modulation of the Metabolic Syndrome".

February 24, 2012
Faculty member Ishwarlial Jialal research has demonstrated that Toll-like sentinel proteins direct an increase in the inflammatory process causing metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes and heart disease. 

February 18, 2012
Faculty member Dariusz Borys will be presenting a poster at the US & Canadian Academy of Pathology in March, "Gene Deletion Underlies Loss of P16 Expression in Osteosarcoma Tumors with Poor Response to Neoadjuvant Therapy."

February 17, 2012
Nearly 200,000 people have visited the UC Davis POC Technologies Center YouTube website, and over 400 are subscribers. Australian Partners contributed two new lectures on POC testing in low-resource settings. Center Investigator, Dr. Richard Louie, and colleagues created a tutorial that highlights the critical need for protection for POC cardiac biomarker tests from environmental stresses during urban search and rescue. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/POCTCTR to learn how the effects of high temperature and humidity can affect these tests and others performed at the point of care during emergencies and disasters.

February 17, 2012
Our Point-of-Care Technologies Center, directed by faculty member Gerald Kost, will collaborate with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, to create innovative and reliable POC devices that will ensure accuracy in challenging disaster environments, such as extreme heat or humidity. 

February 15, 2012
Faculty member Peter Barry received a $625,000 NIH grant to study how vaccination can reduce viral shedding of cytomegalovirus (CMV). Successful vaccination could have major public health implications, particularly for women and children since CMV infection during pregnancy can cause significant congenital abnormalities.

February 13, 2012
Our department is serving as a beta-test site for Roche's Ventana iScan HT whole slide imager. Anatomic pathology director John Bishop is examining images from over 400 pathology slides to evaluate image quality, ease of use, and problem points in operation.

February 7, 2012
Dr. Yvonne Wan will join our department this summer as Vice Chair of Research and Scientific Director of UC Davis Health System Biorepositories.  An award-winning scientist and mentor, Dr. Wan has $3 million in federal funding to support her research studying the role of retinoic acid in liver function and disease. 

February 6, 2012
In collaboration with scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, faculty members Ralph Green and Mingyi Chen received the Fitzpatrick Research Award to support a postdoctoral fellowship for their project  "Comprehensive analysis of microbial signatures for lymphomagenesis using a novel Microbial Detection Array".

Februrary 6, 2012
Resident Enko Kiprilov and faculty sponsor Mingyi Chen have received a mini-grant for their project “The Role of Primary Cilia in Senescence and Differentiation: the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Model” from the UC Davis Musculoskeletal and Aging Research and Education Group.

February 1, 2012
Welcome to new faculty member Richard Levenson, M.D., who joins the department as professor and vice chair of strategic technologies.  Internationally known for his leadership and innovation, The Scientist magazine named Dr. Levenson’s optical dynamic contrast enhancement  technique one of the top ten innovations in the life sciences for 2010.  Previously, he was vice president of research at Cambridge Research Institute where he led development of their pathology, research and small animal imaging systems.

January 25, 2012
Third-year resident Kali Tu provides pathology services in remote villages in Kenya.

January 20, 2012
South Korean students from the clinical laboratory science (CLS) program at Jinju Health College are visiting our department with their professor, Byoung-Seon Yang, Ph.D.  The Korean students are paired with our CLS students for two weeks, and participate in educational actitivies at our Specialty Testing Center. 

January 19, 2012
Ishwarlial Jialal, Stowell Chair in Experimental Pathology, has been appointed to the International Advisory Committee for the Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization. He will participate in planning and implementing training and education programs for hospitals under Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and for the Faculty of Medicine at Kuwait University.

January 19, 2012
Ted Wun, professor of Internal Medicine and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, has been appointed Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine.

January 14, 2012
A big success -- Pathology faculty were included in 5 of 6 funded projects from the collaborative research opportunity sponsored by the Depts. of Surgery, Internal Medicine, and Pathology! Drs. Chen, Jin, Martinez-Cerdeno, Tran, and Zarbalis will be pursuing projects related to anemia in bypass surgery, muscle morphology in polycystic ovary disease, stem cells in Parkinson's disease, point of care testing in post-burn resuscitation, and autophagy in osteoporosis. And for those particpants not funded, we hope that this program enabled you to meet new collaborators that will be valuable for future projects!

December 13, 2011
Professor emeritus Boris Ruebner has received an Appreciation Award from UC Davis' Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in recognition of his outstanding service to the University in providing a freshman seminar.

December 7, 2011
A President's Undergraduate Fellowship has been awarded to Karen Wong, a student in course Medical Pathology 199, for her project on corneal reshaping for ocular health. Professor emeritus Anthony Cheung is her mentor.  

November 23, 2011
Dr. Robert E. Stowell, the founding chair our department, and an internationally renowned pathologist and educator, died on Nov. 20 of a cerebral vascular accident at his home in El Macero, Calif. He was 96. 

November 23, 2011
Dr. Ishwarlal Jialal, chemical pathologist and Stowell Chair in Experimental Pathology, was named a "Best Doctor in Sacramento" in Sacramento Magazine's December issue. 

October 4, 2011
Radhika Srinivasan, health informatics graduate student pursuing research with pathology faculty member Mike Hogarth, is presenting "Evaluation of a Natural Language Processing Platform in Concept Tagging of Surgical Pathology Reports for Information Retrieval" at the Association of Pathology Informatics 2011 meeting in Pittsburgh on Oct 6th.

October 3, 2011
Resident Enko Kiprilov will be presenting his work on regulation of pluripotency in human embryonic stem cells at the joint Livermore National Laboratory-UC Davis Cancer Center Retreat in Livermore, CA on October 17th, 2011.

September 5, 2011
Our housestaff have 11 posters at CAP ’11. Congratulations to Drs. Barnhard, Gorospe, Jess, Matin, Milstein, Sonu, and Tu, and to their faculty mentors.

August 24, 2011
Ishwarlial Jialal and his team have discovered biological indicators that help explain why some obese people develop chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and others do not.  His paper is published on-line today in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

August 18, 2011
The US Army Medical Research and Material Command awarded almost $375,000 to faculty member Jeff Gregg for his project studying the breast cancer oncogene ZNF217's role as a marker of invasiveness.

August 15, 2011
We’re delighted to have three outstanding new faculty members join our department this month: Eric Huang, M.D., Ph.D. (cytopath and gyn path) from Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston; Kristen Olson, M.D. (GI path) from UCLA and Joo Song, M.D. (hemepath) from NIH.

August 5, 2011
Resident representatives to major pathology organizations from our department include Aram Millstein and Sarah Barnhard for the College of American Pathologists for 2011-12, and Rebecca Sonu who is serving a two year term for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

August 4, 2011
Our Edmondson Fellows have been diligently working with their mentors on a variety of exciting research projects, and next week is the grand finale -- their presentations! Everything from point-of care to neuroscience, infectious disease, biophotonics and more! Show your support for these young scholars by attending one or several of their presentations beginning 9 a.m. Monday, August 8, Cancer Center Auditorium.

July 29, 2011
Neuropathologist Lee-Way Jin has received a grant for over $340,000 from the National Institute of Aging for his project "The Microglial Kv1.3 Channel in Alzheimer's Disease".

July 28, 2011
Faculty member Joshua Miller has been chosen to participate in the UC Davis Health System's Mid-Career Leadership Development Program. His project will focus on developing a biorepository for translational research through the use of remainder blood specimens.

July 7, 2011
Congratulations to faculty members Ralph Green and Stephen Barthold who have been honored by the University as Distinguished Professors in recognition of their exceptional and impactful career accomplishments in all academic missions. 

June 27, 2011
A warm welcome to our new residents:  Christina DiLoreto, Eric Kiprilov, Elham Vali Khomeini, Michael Van Ness.  Also, welcome to our new fellows:  Amaurdeep Aulakh (Transfusion), Heidi Jess (Cytology), Joyce Kovar (Surg Path), Diane Sanders (Hemepath).

June 24, 2011
Congratulations to faculty member Chris Polage and his wife Emily on the birth of their new daughter, Lauren Kate.

June 22, 2011
Pathology informatics director Mike Hogarth has been appointed as our school’s representative to UC Research Exchange (UC-ReX), an exciting new project which will integrate data across all of the UC Health Systems to better support research and translational medicine.

June 22, 2011
Congratulations to our newly promoted faculty: Hwai Jong Cheng, Denis Dwyre, LeeWay Jin, and Joshua Miller. Congratulations also to faculty receiving merit advancements: John Bishop, Dariusz Borys, Sridevi Devaraj, Gerald Kost, Christopher Polage and Konstantinos Zarbalis.

June 14, 2011
Rhonda Becker, currently the clinical laboratory manager and senior supervising clinical laboratory scientist for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been appointed Assistant Director of Professional Services, including radiology, pathology and radiation oncology. Her appointment is effective July 1.

June 13, 2011
Welcome to the 2011 Edmondson Summer Research Interns:  Rahotep Alkebulan (Howard Univ.), Jenna Chen (UC Berkeley), Shefali Dujari, (UC Berkeley), Morgan Ingemanson (Pomona College), Jane Lee (UC San Diego), Vincent O'Brien (St. Mary's College of CA), Samantha Osborn (Univ. of Notre Dame), Van Tra, (Bowdoin College), Melody Zhou (Carleton College).

June 10, 2011
Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu, John Bishop and colleagues are recipients of a 2011 Partnership for Innovation Commercialization Plan Award for their Advanced Tissue Diagnostics project to allow pathology evaluation of fresh tissue in minutes.

May 26, 2011
Drs. Devaraj and Jialal identified a new treatment target for diabetic nepthropathy. Their newly published study is the first to show that blocking toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) pathway could slow or even prevent diabetic nephropathy. 

May 23, 2011
The Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network, a joint program between the Department of Pathology, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and National Institute of Health (NIH), will be hosting an international forum at the UC Davis Health System campus entitled "Clinically Driven Commercialization: Moving Technologies to the Point of Need" on June 24.

Young investigators are encourged to submit abstracts reflecting original research work. Four abstracts will be selected for oral presentations (15 minutes each) and 50 for poster presentations. All abstracts will be available at the meeting for attendees to review. The objective of this special program component is to encourage the development of young investigators conducting studies in point-of-care testing research and device commercialization. See the attached flyer (PDF).

May 20, 2011
Margaret Lawless is the recipient of the 2011 Charles M. Blumenfeld, M.D. Endowed Scholarship, an endowment established in July 2007 by the grandchildren of Dr. Charles M. Blumenfeld. In honor of Dr. Charles M. Blumenfeld, the endowed scholarship is a gift to a third- or fourth-year medical student who expresses an interest in specializing in pathology. Margaret will be entering Pathology residency at University of Washington.

Helen Bai is the recipient of the 2011 Robert E. Stowell Award for Excellence in Pathology, an award in honor of the first chair of the Department of Medical Pathology, Robert E. Stowell. The recipient is chosen based on an exceptional performance in the Pathology course and during rotations through the Department of Pathology during their fourth-year electives. Helen will be entering the Otolaryngology residency at UC Davis.

May 4, 2011
Assistant Professor Mingyi Chen, M.D. has been awarded a UC Davis Health System Vision Grant  for his project “Role of Lectin-like Oxidized Low-density Lipoprotein Receptor-1 (LOX-1) in endothelial cell activation and the vasculopathy of sickle cell disease.” This award program for early career faculty funds innovative, interdisciplinary, transformative research.

May 3, 2011
Hematopathology director Denis Dwyre, M.D. and apheresis director Leonor Fernando, M.D. will become fellows of the American Colleges of Physicians (ACP), effective July 1, 2011. Election to ACP is an honor demonstrating peer recognition for personal integrity, superior competence in internal medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship.

April 8, 2011
On April 6, informatics director Michael Hogarth, M.D. was a panelist discussing: "Building a Successful Health Information Exchange: Technology Strategies and Solutions" at The State of Health Care Conference Strategies for Success in 2011,the capitol’s premier health care event.

March 23, 2011
Ishwarlial Jialal, M.D., Ph.D, Stowell Chair in Experimental Pathology, delivered lectures in Pune, Chennai, and Mumbai, India. He was the keynote speaker on ""Diabetes is a Pro-inflammatory State" for the Indian Association of Pathology and Microbiology Endowment Lecture.

March 17, 2011
Match Day brings us two excellent new residents:  Elham Vali Khojeini, a graduate of Islamic Azad University of Tehran Branch, and Enko Kiprilov who will receive his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

March 17, 2011
Nam Tram was accepted to the Mentored Clinical Research Training Program and will continue his work in our Point of Care Technologies Center under the mentorship of faculty member Gerald Kost.

March 17, 2011
Sefton R. Wellings, second chair of our department and author of a landmark atlas in breast pathology, died peacefully at his home on March 8, at age 83.

February 26, 2011
On March 1, Assistant Professor Dariusz Borys gave a platform presentation at the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology 100th Annual Scientific Meeting, "Expression of p16 in osteosarcoma as predictive neo-adjuvant therapy factor". You can view his abstract online: http://www.abstracts2view.com/uscap11/

February 14, 2011
Kendra Harris has been selected as the next education coordinator for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine's Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program. Jiunn Huang, the department’s current education coordinator, soon will be retiring and will work with and mentor Harris. 

February 11, 2011
Check out the article on volunteer faculty member, Bennet Omalu, chief medical examiner for San Joaquin County, who is featured in the UC Davis Health System's Faculty Newsletter. (PDF)

January 20, 2011
Raj Ramsamooj, our transplant pathologist, is one of the team members receiving the Dean's 2010 Team Award for Excellence for his role in the extraordinary larynx transplant that restored voice, taste and smell to a local woman. 

January 18, 2011
Professor Ishwarlal Jialal, Stowell Chair in Experimental Pathology, has been named an associate editor of the journal Atherosclerosis.

January 10, 2011
Assistant Professor Konstantinos Zarbalis, Ph.D. has received a R21 award from the National Institute of Health for his study "Wdfy3, a Novel Regulator of neuronal migration and connectivity." Dr. Zarbalis is a member of the Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine at the Shriners Hospital of Northern California.

January 10, 2011
On January 19, Sridevi Devaraj, Ph.D., will be honored by the Northern California section of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry as the recipient of their Technology Award for her outstanding contributions to clinical chemistry through science and technology. Dr. Devaraj is internationally recognized for her research on the causes of vascular disease.

December 10, 2010
Photography by Chief Administrative Officer Darrell O'Sullivan is available at auction to benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital. 

November 25, 2010
Ishwarlal Jialal, Stowell Chair in Experimental Pathology, found blood levels of vitamin D are significantly reduced in patients in the Sacramento area with metabolic syndrome. These findings are unexpected when considering the climate and healthy lifestyles in this region. 

November 22, 2010
Congratulations to our faculty and staff for a successful laboratory inspection and re-accreditation by the College of American Pathologists. Your hard-work and dedication are greatly appreciated.

November 3, 2010
Our new automated technology in the Pavilion laboratory was featured on KCRA-3. 

October 30, 2010
Our department was well-represented at the American Society of Clinical Pathology's annual scientific meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Jialal and Devaraj led a workshop on cardiovascular markers. Posters were presented by Drs. Afify, Borys, Jess, and Konia. Check out the abstracts.

October 23, 2010
Welcome to our newly appointed faculty members, Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno and Richard Louie.  Dr. Martinez-Cerden is a member of the Center for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine at the Shriner's Hospital where her work focuses on the genetic and epigenetic regulation of neural stem cell differentiation .  Dr. Louie is Associate Director of UCD-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories Point-of-Care Technologies Center and is developing new devices for rapid multipathogen detection related to national disaster readiness.

October 22, 2010
Former Edmondson fellow in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UC Davis graduate student Wilson To was invited to the White House  for President Obama’s Science FairTo was part of a team that won the Grand Prize in the U.S. finals of the Microsoft-sponsored Imagine Cup for a project using a cell-phone based system to look for early signs of damaged blood vessels in diabetes and other diseases. Mentors for this project included pathology faculty member Anthony Cheung. http://blogs.ucdavis.edu/egghead/2010/10/20/uc-davis-grad-student-at-white-house-science-fair/

October 22, 2010
Jeffrey Gregg, professor and director of gene expression research in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, in collaboration with Cancer Center colleague Sheryl Krig, received a $900,000 IDEA Collaborative Option award from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program to demonstrate how the gene ZNF217 is an important biomarker that can predict if a breast tumor will be aggressive. See the article on The Insider.

October 17, 2010
Lydia Howell has been appointed chair of the   Hematology and Pathology Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration Medical Devices Advisory Committee. See the article on The Insider.

October 17, 2010
Ishwarlal (Kenny) Jialal has been included in the Best Doctors in America 2011-2012  database.  Physicians are included in this database based on a peer-review survey of thousands of doctors.

October 12, 2010
Leonor Fernando, director of our apheresis service, is featured on the homepage for the Foundation for the Accreditatin of Cellular Therapy regarding her experience as an inspector for FACT for the past five years. http://www.factwebsite.org/

October 9, 2010
Congratulations to chief resident Heidi Jess who received a resident scholarship from the American Society of Cytopathology to attend their 58th annual meeting in Boston in November.

October 9, 2010
Faculty member Leonor Fernando and colleagues presented a poster on the effects of ABO mismatch on stem cell transplants at the American Association of Blood Banks annual scientific meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, October 9-12.

September 22, 2010
Lydia Pleotis Howell, an anatomic and clinical pathologist well known for her work to improve protocols for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast and cervical cancer, has been named chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She has served as acting chair since 2008. 

September 15, 2010
Mike Hogarth, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, won an Advancing Innovation Award from the National Institutes of Health for his work as chief architect of an information-management infrastructure created within the caBIG framework. This technology is used by investigators involved in a multi-center trial which pairs five investigational cancer therapies with biological markers. See the article on The Insider.

September 8, 2010
Izumi Maezawa received a two-year New Investigator Award from the Alzheimer's Association, the largest private funder of Alzheimer research. Selected from a fierce global competition, Dr. Maezawa will test a microglial potassium channel as a therapeutic target for Alzheimer's disease.

September 1, 2010
The College of American Pathologists' annual meeting will feature posters from residents Thomasina Bailey, Jose Gorospe, Heidi Jess, Aram Milstein, and Nelson Velasco, and faculty members Dariusz Borys and John Bishop.  Check out the abstracts here.

September 1, 2010
Special thanks to our staff and faculty for their successful move to the new $24.3 million clinical laboratory in the Surgical and Emergency Services Pavilion. The new laboratory was recently featured on Capital Public Radio. Listen to the segment here.

August 19, 2010
Lee-Way Jin and Gang-Yu Liu discover a unique mechanism by which amyloid protein damages the brain, a finding that could lead to new ways to screen drugs for Alzheimer's and similar diseases. Their findings are published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

July 29, 2010
Congratulations to newly promoted professor Alaa Afify, and to the following faculty for successful merit advancements:  Peter Barry, Alexander Borowsky, Robert Cardiff, HJ Cheng, Malathy Kapali, Thomas Konia, Carol Marshall, and Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu.

July 5, 2010
Mingyi Chen, M.D., Ph.D. has joined the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine as Assistant Professor. Dr. Chen recently completed hematopathology fellowship training at the City of Hope Medical Center where he received extensive training in lymphoma, bone marrow, and molecular diagnostic pathology.

July 5, 2010
Mingyi Chen M.D., Ph.D. has joined the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine as Assistant Professor. Dr. Chen recently completed hematopathology fellowship training at the City of Hope Medical Center where he received extensive training in lymphoma, bone marrow, and molecular diagnostic pathology.

June 18, 2010
Nine outstanding college students and four high school students are participating in the department's annual Edmondson Summer Program for mentored experiences in pathology research and laboratory medicine. We welcome college student fellows Payal Desai (UC San Diego), Anna MIchelle Dillier (UC Davis), William Dotterweich (University of Notre Dame), Alyssa Espenson (California Lutheran University), Margaret Lloyd (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Allison Manderfield (UC Davis), Ramandeep Minhas (UC Berkeley), Carla Plaza (Cerritos and El Camino Colleges), Avnit Virdi (UC Davis, Ohlone College). We also welcome high school interns Crystal Vazquez (Sacramento Charter High School), Ka Thao (Sacramento Charter High School), Sarah Johnson (Elk Grove Health Professions High School), Carlina Vaughan (Elk Grove Health Professions High School).

June 17, 2010
A warm welcome to our outstanding new residents and fellows: PGY1: Sarah Barnhardt, Mahan Matin, and Rebecca Sonu; PGY2 Kali Tu; Fellows: Shweta Das (Cytopathology), MIchelle McNamara (Hematopathology), Surgical pathology fellows Philip Starshak and Joyce Kovar (Surgical pathology), Brian Poirier (Transfusion Medicine).

June 7, 2010
Professor emeritus Boris Ruebner was honored by the Division of Gastroenterology through the creation of their new Ruebner-Rosenquist Award. Ramez Saroufeem, assistant professor of pathology, was the first recipient of this award which recognizes a non-gastroenterology faculty member who demonstrates outstanding dedication to the education of gastroenterology fellows.

May 27, 2010
Chris Polage has been accepted as a K12 Scholar in the Clinical Translational Science Center's Mentored Career Development Program which accelerates the career growth of talented and committed junior faculty members as independent multi-disciplinary clinical investigators.

May 25, 2010
The landmark online course "Pathobiology of the Genetically Engineered Mouse Part A" developed by pathology faculty member Robert Cardiff in partnership with the Center for Genomic Pathology, and Center for Comparative Medicine recently received the Outstanding Distance Learning Course of 2010 award from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), the nation’s primary organization for promoting excellence in and awareness of continuing higher education.

May 20, 2010
Assistant Professor Dariusz Borys is presenting "Application of Virtual Pathology with Radiology Correlation in Daily Orthopedic Pathology Practice" at the the annual Aperio San Francisco Digital Pathology Seminar on June 11, 2010.

April 28, 2010
Dr. Anthony Cheung’s graduate student in Comparative Pathology, Wilson To, won the recent Image Cup Award competition held in Washington D.C. (he is a Gates Foundation Awardee in Dr. Cheung's unit) and will be representing the U.S. in the upcoming international competition in Poland this summer. Congratulations Wilson!

April 21, 2010
Regina Gandour-Edwards has been elected chair of the Undergraduate Medical Educators Section (UMEDS) of the Association of Pathology Chairs. UMEDS provides a forum for information, ideas and programs that develop and enhance education in pathology and laboratory medicine.

April 15, 2010
Nam Tran has been selected to participate in "Professors for the Future", a year-long fellowship program in Graduate Studies designed to prepare leaders that can address the unique future challenges of graduate education, post-doctoral training and the academy. Dr. Tran is a key member of our Point of Care Technologies Center.

February 19, 2010
Congratulations to Paul Holland who was honored as a recipient of UC Davis Health System's first annual Volunteer Clinical Faculty Awards. Dr. Holland was nominated by our residents for his outstanding educational contributions in blood banking and transfusion medicine.

Februrary 19, 2010
UC Davis Health System’s clinical laboratory now offers a test for respiratory viruses that its laboratory directors believe is more rapid, sensitive and comprehensive than any other test methods currently available in the Sacramento region. 

January 13, 2010
Dr. Ralph Green's research and study on folic acid and B-12 that suggest a possible health risk for the elderly is featured on the front page of the health system's website. The article can be found here.

December 16, 2009
The department's annual holiday auction raised $3038 which will be donated to the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (Davis), the Women's Civic Improvement Club of Sacramento, and the Kiwanis Family House on the UCDavis Medical Center campus.

December 8, 2009
new funding opportunity for exploratory projects in new point-of-care influenza testing technologies for emergency-pandemic-disaster care is offered by the UC Davis-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories Point of Care Technologies Center.

November 6, 2009
Amparo Villablanca and Lydia Howell have received a grant for $1.27 million over four years from the National Institute of Health for research on family-friendly policies for women with careers in medicine. This is one of 14 grants funded nationally to address the challenges of women in science. 

November 2, 2009
The clinical laboratory's move to the new Surgery and Emergency Servicesw Pavilion, and the laboratory's new state-of-the-art automation line is featured in The Insider.

November 2, 2009
The College of American Pathologists' 2009 meeting included poster presentations by faculty members Dariusz Borys, John Bishop, Denis Dwyre, and Claudia Greco, and residents Thomasina Bailey, Phillip Starshak, Kamireddy (Jyostna) Reddy. http://arpa.allenpress.com/arpaonline/?request=get-current-issue

November 2, 2009
Medical students are invited to learn about residencies and careers in pathology at an Open House for the Pathology Student Interest Group on November 30, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at PATH 1002.  Pizza and refreshments will be served.   RSVP to: richard.cosens@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

October 23, 2009
The new UC-wide collaboration, Athena Breast Cancer Research Program, includes key leadership roles by faculty members Robert Cardiff as the lead pathologist, and Michael Hogarth and Jose Galvez in development of informatics infrastructure. 

October 8, 2009
The  Intersociety Council for Pathology Information has chosen the Deparment of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as a  recipient of a new matching grant to enhance our medical student interest group in pathology. Nine academic pathology departments were funded nationally to encourage outstanding medical students to pursue a career in pathology.
http://www.pathologytraining.org/interestgroups.htm

October 8, 2009
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine's new transfusion medicine fellowship has received its first two-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, thanks to the hard work of fellowship director Carol Marshall, M.D.  Applications for the fellowship program are currently being accepted. 

September 21, 2009
On September 4, 2009, the UC Davis School of Medicine honored Ralph Green as he concluded 13 years of outstanding service as chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Green's many accomplishments as chair included doubling of the department's annual extramural research funding, new clinical fellowships, and leadership of a UC laboratory consortium to minimize costly send-out tests. The department welcomes Dr. Green back to the general faculty to conduct his research, teach and provide clinical service. 

September 17, 2009
Regina Gandour-Edwards and Joshua Miller received pilot grant awards from UC Davis' Clinical Translational Science Center to conduct innovative research in biorepository development. 

September 17, 2009
Dr. Ishwarlal Jialal, Professor and Robert Stowell Endowed Chair received a grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 from the NIH, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The project title is CRP, Diabetes, Atherothrombosis. This award is for $908,000 for two year period. Congratulations Dr. Jialal!

August 13, 2009
New grants have been awarded to the Point of Care Testing Center team. Nam Tran has received a 3 year award for $1.7 million from the American Burn Association to study rapid quantitative PCR-based detection of Staphylococcus aureus in burn sepsis patients. Gerald Kost and Richard Louie received a U54 supplemental award sourced from federal stimulus funds for rapid multi-pathogen detection and national disaster readiness.

August 13, 2009
Lee-Way Jin and faculty at UCSF and UCLA have received a 5-year award for $1.8 million from the UC Office of the President to establish a University of California Pediatric Neuropathology Consortium (UCPNC). Precious pediatric brain specimens will be collected for research use, with a special focus on neural stem cell research. The UC Davis site will specialize in neurodevelopmental disorders affecting cognition and intellect, such as fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and Rett syndrome.

July 28, 2009
Rhonda Becker, a senior supervisory clinical laboratory scientist, has received the 2008-09 Vice Chancellor and Hospital CEO Award in recognition of her improvements to laboratory operations and leadership in planning for its transition to the Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion. 

July 28, 2009
Faculty members Alexander Borowsky, Jeffrey Gregg, and Carol Marshall have been accepted to the UC Davis School of Medicine's Mid-Career Leadership Program, a year-long curriculum that provides training and development in core competencies necessary for effective department and/or section/division leadership.

June 30, 2009
Judith Lee is among the first individuals in the United States to receive certification as a point-of-care specialist from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry. Lee will be recognized at the American Association of Clinical Chemistry's annual meeting in July. 

June 30, 2009
John Bishop, Director of Surgical Pathology and Immunohistochemistry, authored a new volume in Springer's Essentials in Cytopathology series, "Endometrial Cytology with Tissue Correlation" which highlights direct cytologic sampling as an effective method of diagnosing endometrial abnormalities.

June 17, 2009
A warm welcome to new residents Tatyana Berezenko, Jose Gorospe, Aram Millstein, Nelson Velasco; cytopathology fellow Yasi Saffari; hematopathology fellow Daniel Marko; and surgical pathology fellows Steven Carlson and Brian Poirier.

June 17, 2009
Congratulations to newly promoted professors Sridevi Devaraj,  Michael Hogarth, and Raj Ramsamooj; and to faculty members Jimmy Chen, Denis Dwyre, William Ellis, Jose Galvez, Regina Gandour-Edwards, Jeffrey Gregg, Lydia Howell, Ishwarlal Jialal, Lee-Way Jin, Christopher Polage, and Ramez Saroufeem for successful merit advancements.

May 29, 2009
Izumi Maezawa, postdoctoral scientist in the lab of faculty member Lee-Way Jin, received the 2009 UC Davis Award of Excellence in Postdoctoral Research for her recent publication in the Journal of Neuroscience demonstrating a novel astrocyte-based mechanism for disease onset in Rett syndrome with implications for autism.

May 18, 2009
The UC Davis Blood Bank was honored with the 2009 Friends of Nursing Award for their cooperative and efficient work ethic that contributes towards positive patient care outcomes. This annual award from Patient Care Services celebrates teamwork. See the article in The Insider.

April 29, 2009
In the April issue of Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation,  resident Mary Meighan Smith Tomic and faculty mentor Anthony Cheung report that whole blood viscosity correlates with vasculopathy using computer-assisted intravital microscopy for real-time in vivo quantification of microvascular abnormalities in Alzheimer's disease.

April 22, 2009
Rena Kuramoto and fellow clinical lab scientist Jackie Csicsery were the key individuals in an investigation by the clinical virology laboratory that led to a national recall of a product, used in clinical laboratories across the United States, which could have resulted in false positive results for the influenza B virus in respiratory specimens. For the complete story, go to http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/welcome/features/20090422_lab_detectives/index.html.

April 16, 2009
Check out the UC Davis-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Point-of-Care Technologies Center on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/poctctr.  This project is led by Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine faculty member Gerald Kost, M.D., Ph.D. and is funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

April 15, 2009
UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is ranked 42nd in NIH funding among recipient institutions in 2008, according to The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.  The department has had a steady and significant rise since 2006 when it was ranked 61st. 

April 15, 2009
Congratulations to department faculty member Ursula Esser, Ph.D. on her new appointment as Interim Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Support (IRS) Unit at the UC Davis Office of Research.

April 15, 2009
The California Association of Cytotechnology's 44th Annual Workshop/Seminar will be hosted by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Medical Education Building on May 30, 2009. David Kaminsky, M.D., former President of the American Society of Cytopathology, will be a guest speaker, in addition to department faculty members Alaa Afify, M.D.; John Bishop, M.D.; Malathy Kapali, M.D.; and Cindy Yu, M.D. 

April 2, 2009
Congratulations to Christopher Polage, M.D. and his wife, Emily, who had a baby girl named Sabrina Claire Polage!

January 23, 2009
Drs. Hanne Jensen and Lydia Howell were among the honorees at a reception celebrating the School of Medicine's founding women for those who started their careers at UC Davis between 1969 -1990

January 3, 2009
Paul Luciw, Ph.D. elected to the prestigious Association for Advancement of Science 

December 26, 2008
The Department of Pathology & Laborotory Medicine is proud to be participating in "virtual tumor boards" through a partnership between the UC Davis and the Tahoe Forest Hospital System

November 21, 2008
Dr. Sridevi Devarj has been elected as the Chair for the Northern California American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) for 2009. Congratulations Dr. Deveraj

Septempber 25, 2008
CONGRATULATIONS – Drs. Kost, Polage and Lee

September 23, 2008
Dr. Ishwarlal Jialal Invited to Serve on the JCEM Editorial Board

June 30, 2008
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine welcomes Dr. John Bishop as its newest faculty member

June 16, 2008
Dr. Ishwaral Jialal receives Linus Pauling Award for achievements in Integrative Medicine

June 6, 2008
Dr. Regina Gandour-Edwards named recipient of C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching