Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – July 2019

August 8th, 2019 in Uncategorized

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – July 2019

  • Announcements:


Recent Faculty Promotions:

  • Mostafa Belghasem, PhD, MA; Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine


  • New Faculty Member Dr. Jonathan Cherry
  • New Cytopathology Fellow Dr. Osman Yilmaz

Dr. Mostafa Belghasem has joined the Disease & Therapy (DRx) Curriculum Leadership Team and will serve as the department representative effective April 2109

Dennis Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, has been awarded the Dahod Assistant Professorship for 2019-2020

Dr. Jones was also featured on the GMS website.

PiBS student Guillermo Arroyo-Ataz has joined the Dennis Jones Lab for his thesis research. Guillermo graduated with an undergraduate degree in biotechnology from the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. He has two Master’s of Science degrees- one in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells from Imperial College London and the other in Biophysics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

PiBS Student Thomas Bellio has joined the Lee Goldstein Lab. Thomas graduated from Stonehill College in May 2018 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. He loves to play tennis and am a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan. In the Goldstein Lab he is studying the biomechanical underpinnings of concussion and traumatic brain injury in the lab and has received the BU NSF NRT Neurophotonics Fellowship

MD/PhD Student Daniel Kirsch has joined the Ann McKee Lab. He got his BA in biochemistry from The City University of New York-Baruch and is currently in BU’s MD/PhD program. In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, museums, and traveling. Currently, he teaches the gross anatomy lab for Sargent College. Daniel is originally from the Bay Area


  • Chandler KB, Leon DR, Kuang J, Meyer RD, Rahimi N, Costello CE. N-glycosylation regulates ligand-dependent activation and signaling of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2). Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2019, In Press
  • Rachel Xi-Yeen Ho, Rawan Tahboub, Razie Amraei, Rosana D. Meyer, Nitinun Varongchayakul, Mark Grinstaff, Nader Rahimi. The cell adhesion molecule IGPR-1 is activated by, and regulates responses of endothelial cells to shear stress. Journal of Biological Chemistry, In press, 7/2019


  • Shruti Kannan, Laura A. Morgan, Benjamin Liang, McKenzie G. Cheung, Christopher Q. Lin, Dan Mun, Ralph G. Nader, Mostafa E. Belghasem, Joel M. Henderson, Jean M. Francis, Vipul C. Chitalia, Vijaya B. Kolachalama. Segmentation of Glomeruli Within Trichrome Images Using Deep Learning. Kidney International Reports. Published April 15th 2019
  • Mostafa Belghasem, Ousama A’amar, Daniel Roth, Joshua Walker, Nkiruka Arinze, Sean Richards, Jean Francis, David Salant, Vipul Chitalia, Irving J Bigio. Towards minimally-invasive, quantitative assessment of chronic kidney disease using optical spectroscopy. Nature Scientific Reports. Published May 9th 2019
  • Chimera Lyle, Mostafa Belghasem, Vipul C. Chitalia. c-Cbl: An Important Regulator And A Target In Angiogenesis And Tumorigenesis. Cells. Published May 12th 2019
  • Wang Y, Liu CH, Ji T, Mehta M, Wang W, Marino E, Chen J, Kohane DS ; Intravenous treatment of choroidal neovascularization by photo-targeted nanoparticles.. Nat Commun. 2019 Feb 18;10(1):804. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-08690-4. PMID: 30778060
  • Zhao C, Liu A, Santamaria CM, Shomorony A, Ji T, Wei T, Gordon A, Elofsson H, Mehta M, Yang R, Kohane DS. Polymer-tetrodotoxin conjugates to induce prolonged duration local anesthesia with minimal toxicity. Nat Commun. 2019 Jun 12;10(1):2566. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-10296-9.PMID: 31189915: This was featured on FOX25 news: Boston Children’s researchers believe toxic fish could help solve ……believe…/958018795 And Boston Children’s Hospital front page news: 

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – May-June 2019

July 3rd, 2019 in Uncategorized

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – May-June 2019




  • New Faculty Member Dr. Zhichun Lu
  • New Resident Dr. Kina Ma
  • New Resident Dr. Charitha Vadiamudi
  • New PhD Students: Guillermo Arroyo and Thomas Bellio, as well as MD/PhD Student Daniel Kirsch

Recent Faculty Promotions:

  • Tiffany Mellott, PhD has been appointed to GMS Faculty
  • Dr. Sandra Cerda was an invited guest speaker at the Pathology Grand Rounds in Weill Cornell Medicine Pathology Department, New York.  My presentation on May 6 was titled; “Predictive value of thyroid malignancy using ThyroSeq V.2 Multigene Next Generation Sequencing Panel Analysis in Thyroid FNAs with Indeterminate Cytology Diagnosis.”
  • New Pathology PiBS student Thomas Bellio and MD/PhD student Kelley Andersen had a poster presentation at the American Association of Neuropathologists meeting on June 7 in Atlanta, GA, entitled: ““Activin Receptor-Like Kinase 1 Expression in Hippocampal Arterioles Decreases in Alzheimer’s Disease and Amyloid Angiopathy” Kelley E.T. Anderson*, Thomas A. Bellio­­*, Stephanie L. Adams, Emily Aniskovich, Jan K. Blusztajn, and Ivana Delalle
  • Both Dr. Nitin Marwaha and Dr. Yachana Kataria have been selected for admission into the Faculty Early Career Development Program
  • Second Year Masters Student, Amanda Araujo’s abstract was accepted and she will be presenting in October at Society for Neuroscience!! Her abstract title is: “Visualization and Assessment of Stellate Ganglia Neuronal Remodeling in Association with Myocardial Infarction and Coronary Artery Disease”
  • Dr. Anna Belkina was invited to present as a plenary speaker at the annual Canadian Cytometry and Microscopy Association meeting (CCMA 2019 Cytometry & Microscopy Symposium). She presented a talk entitled " Revealing Disease Phenotypes with Computational Analysis of High-Dimensional Flow Cytometry Data" on June 18, 2019. She also conducted a two-hour bootcamp workshop for the symposium attendees entitled: "Right tools for the job, right job for the tools: computational analysis methods for cytometry data"
    • Dr. Belkina was also invited by the organizers of the annual ISAC (International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry) international conference to conduct a scientific tutorial at CYTO 2019 conference. The tutorial was presented on June 22, 2019 and entitled: "Best t-SNE on the block: how to achieve a meaningful low-dimensional embedding and interpret it correctly"
    • She was asked by the organizers of the annual ISAC (International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry) international conference to present her at at CYTO 2019 conference. Her oral presentation on June 26, 2019 was entitled: "Ditch the ball: automated optimized parameters for t-distributed stochastic neighbor embedding improve visualization and allow analysis of large datasets"
    • Also Dr. Belkina's trainee, Riley Pihl, MS has reported the lab's most recent results at the same meeting in an oral presentation entitled: "Multivariate analyses of high parameter spectral flow cytometry and plasma analyte datasets reveal links between gamma delta T cell subsets and plasma markers of systemic inflammation and/or gut permeability with ART-suppressed HIV infection and healthy aging". This is Riley's first oral presentation at a major conference!
  • Nitin Marwaha, MD, FASCP has completed the University of Pathology Informatics course of training conducted in joint consideration with ASCP/API
  • Dr. Eric Burks has an abstract accepted for an oral presentation at 2019 World Conference on Lung Cancer in Barcelona Spain, September 9, 2019; “Stage I Lung Adenocarcinoma Gene Expression Associated with Aggressive Histologic Features for Guiding Precision Surgery and Therapy”
  • Dr. David Sherr recently received 2 new grants, an R21 (1 percentile) and an R01 (2 percentile), on the role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor as an immune checkpoint in oral and brain cancer respectively.
  • Dr. Sherr will also be giving a keynote lecture at this week’s Immuno-oncology Pharma Congress in Boston titled “The AHR in Cancer Immuno-metabolism”
  • This Year’s Graduation Dinner was held on Tuesday, June 18th at the newly renovated BU Castle:
  • Graduating Resident, Dr. Shoreh Fazeli was awarded the coveted Robert Foley Award at this year’s Graduation Dinner
  • PUBLICATIONS: Accepted
  • John Kim, Leen Arnout, Daniel Remick; “Hydrocortisone, Ascorbic Acid and Thiamine (HAT) Therapy Decreases Oxidative Stress, Improves Cardiovascular Function and Improves Survival In Murine Sepsis” Shock
  • P. Calner, H. Foss, G. Ruiz-Mercado; N. Miller, C. Andry, L. Battisti, K. Scrudder; F. Shea, A. Chan, E. Schechter-Perkins.  HCV Screening, Linkage to Care, and Treatment Patterns at Different Sites Across One Academic Medical Center: Accepted for publication in PLOS ONE
    • Yachana Kataria, Israa Laklouk; “Utility of Glucose Levels in Penial Blood Sample to Assess Recurrent Priapism” Journal of Clinical Chemistry
  • PUBLICATIONS: Published
      • Ross AE, Bengani LC, Tulsan R, Maidana DE, Salvador-Culla B, Kobashi H, Kolovou PE, Zhai H, Taghizadeh K, Kuang L, Mehta M, Vavvas D, Kohane DS, Ciolino JB: Topical sustained drug delivery to the retina with a drug-eluting contact lens. Biomaterials 2019; (in press)

  • Chao Zhao, Andong Liu, Claudia M. Santamaria, Andre Shomorony, Tianjiao Ji, Tuo Wei, Akiva Gordon, Hannes Elofsson, Manisha Mehta, Rong Yang, Daniel S. Kohane; “Polymer-tetrodotoxin conjugates to induce prolonged duration local anesthesia with minimal toxicity.” Nature communications. 12 June 2019
  • RamkripaRaghavana Blandine BustamanteHelfrichb Sandra R.Cerdac YuelongJiaIrinaBurdd GuoyingWanga XiumeiHonga LinglingFue ColleenPearsone M.Daniele Fallinf BarryZuckermane XiaobinWangag: “Preterm birth subtypes, placental pathology findings, and risk of neurodevelopmental disabilities during childhood.” Placenta. Now available online: panelRamkripaRaghavanaBlandine BustamanteHelfrichbSandra R.CerdacYuelongJiaIrinaBurddGuoyingWangaXiumeiHongaLinglingFueColleenPearsoneM.Daniele FallinfBarryZuckermaneXiaobinWangag

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – April 2019

May 1st, 2019 in Uncategorized


Recent Faculty Promotions:

  • Sandra Cerda, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Hui Chen, MD, Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

On behalf of Dr. Joel Henderson, Residency Program Director: "I am pleased to announce that the ACGME Review Committee for Pathology has decided to continue our status as a fully-accredited pathology residency program, without condition"

At the recent Medical Student Awards Ceremony held on Friday, March 15th is Keefer Auditorium:

  • PATHOLOGY AWARDS: Presented by Dr. Joel Henderson:
    • The Geoffrey Boughton Award is presented to an outstanding student in Pathology in honor of Dr. Boughton, BUSM class of 1954. Please join me in congratulating: Nisma Mujahid, MD/PhD
    • The Leonard and Julius Gottlieb Prize in Pathology Education is awarded to a member of the graduating class who has excelled in pathology. This award was established in 2008 by Mrs. Dorothy Gottlieb in honor of her late husband, Leonard, and his father, Julius. Congratulations to this year’s recipient: Gabriel Lerner

Congratulations to this year’s Graduates!!!


  • Dr. Reyhan Gedik, will be moving on to University of California, San Francisco, General Surgical Pathology
  • Dr. Israa Laklouk; will enter a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Head & Neck Pathology
  • Dr. Mahmoud Soliman; is going to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Hematopathology
  • Dr. Jing Yang: Jing will be moving on to a surgical pathology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Graduate Students:

  • Razie Amraei, MS: Razie will be joining BU’s PiBS/PhD Program in the Fall
  • Ekow Ambaah, MS; is seeking a position in industry
  • Ellie Bruns, MS: will be staying on with Dr. Blusztajn continuing work on her project
  • Nicole Derosia; MS; Nicole is also looking for a situation in industry
  • Dr. Yuri Kim, PhD: will be attending medical school after graduation at the American University of the Caribbean, (she is also wait-listed at a DO school
  • Sarah Langlois, MS; is also seeking a position in industry
  • Dr. Timothy Norman, PhD: is doing a postdoc in the laboratory of Jason Rock, PhD in the Center for Regenerative Medicine focused on bioengineering strategies for lung regeneration
  • Joseph Tashjian, MS: has accepted a position with Dr. Joel Henderson’s Lab
  • Michelle Wei, MS: will be tacking a tech position in Dr. Remick’s Lab



      April 21-27 was Medical Laboratory Professional’s Week 2019. To celebrate and honor our Lab Professionals there were many fun, educational & interesting activities, including:

        • Wear Jeans to Benefit the BMC Food Pantry
        • Pac-Man Game
        • Pipetting Competition
        • Raffles
        • Continuing Education Webinars
        • MLS Student Case Presentations (w/ Continental Breakfast & Refreshments)
        • Bake Off Competition
        • Lab Photo Booth
        • Afternoon Tea
        • Jeopardy
        • Pizza Day
        • Roche Presentation on HIV
        • Team ‘Building’ Activities
        • Ice Cream Social
        • Donning and Doffing Competition (VHF)
        • Bravo to all of our Medical Laboratory Professions for their jobs well done!!

      Dr. Remick also organized a symposium at the 2019 Experimental Biology Meeting, Sepsis: Clinical Issues and Research Initiatives

      In addition Dr. Remick presented an invited presentation at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting, Giving and Responding to Criticism of Your Grant. The session was organized by the Diversity and Development Committee of the American Society of Investigative Pathology and was co-sponsored by the American Association of Anatomists

      Dr. Carmen Sarita-Reyes has have been appointed to serve as a member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Pathology and Genetics Test Material Development Committee (TMDC) effective March 2019

      New PhD Graduate, Dr. Timothy Norman, was voted to give this year’s PhD Commencement speech!!

      PUBLICATIONS: Accepted

      • Accepted for publication (4/15/2019) in Clinical Microbiology Reviews, Nancy S. Miller, M.D. contributing author: "A Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) and algorithms including NAAT for the diagnosis of Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile in adults". Paper #CMR00032-18R2. C. Kraft and 23 contributing authors
      • Shomorony A, Santamaria CM, Zhao C, Rwei AY, Mehta M, Zurakowski D, Kohane DS: Prolonged duration local anesthesia by combined delivery of capsaicin- and tetrodotoxin-loaded liposomes. Anesth Analg, March 2019; (in press)

      PUBLICATIONS: Published

      • A computational solution to improve biomarker reproducibility during long-term projects Feng Feng , Morgan P. Thompson, Beena E. Thomas, Elizabeth R. Duffy, Jiyoun Kim, Shinichiro Kurosawa, Joseph Y. Tashjian, Yibing Wei, Chris Andry, D. J. Stearns-Kurosawa; PLoS One, April 17, 2019.
      • Wong CK., Gromisch C., Ozturk S., Papageorgis P., Abdolmaleky HM., Reinhard BM., Thiagalingam A., and Thiagalingam S. 2019. MicroRNA-4417 is a tumor suppressor and prognostic biomarker for triple-negative breast cancer Cancer Biology & Therapy 2019 Mar 28:1-8. doi: 10.1080/15384047.2019.1595285 [Epub ahead of print]
      • Abdolmaleky HM, Gower A, Wong CK, Cox JW, Thiagalingam A, Zhang X, Shafa R, Sivaraman V, Zhou J-R, and Thiagalingam S. 2019. Aberrant transcriptomes and DNA methylomes define pathways that drive pathogenesis and loss of brain asymmetry in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2019 Mar;180(2):138-149. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32691. Epub 2018 Nov 23
      • Kalli M, Mpekris F, Wong CK, Panagi M, Ozturk S, Thiagalingam S, Stylianopoulos T, and Papageorgis P. 2019. Activin A signaling regulates IL13Rα2 expression to promote breast cancer metastasis. Front. Oncol. 9:32. 2019 Feb 5; doi: 10.3389/fonc.2019.00032

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – March 2019

        March 29th, 2019 in Uncategorized

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – March 2019



        Recent Faculty Appointments:

        Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Jones on your appointment to GMS Faculty

        Congratulations to Ms. Liz Duffy on your appointment to GMS Faculty

        Dr. Dennis Jones received a 2019 George K. Michalopoulos Junior Faculty Travel Award. This award is funded by the George K. Michalopoulos Award Fund and will be presented at the American Society for Investigative Pathology 2019 Annual Meeting at the Experimental Biology conference

        Dr. Jones will also be giving an oral presentation titled “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus causes sustained collecting lymphatic vessel dysfunction” at the Experimental Biology conference in April

        Dr. Ivana Delalle attended the international conference, AD/PD (Alzheimers’s Disease / Parkinson’s Disease) meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, March 26-31,presenting the results of the study “Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase-B3 risk allele implicated in Alzheimer’s disease associates with increased odds for brain infarcts” we published last month in Journal of Alzheimer’s disease (PMID: 30775993)

        Cheryl Spencer was a participant in the 1ST ANNUAL BMC NEWBORN AND PEDIATRIC BEREAVEMENT CONFERENCE and gave an introductory presentation "Reporting fetal death to Decedent Affairs office and office of the Chief of Medical Examiner, fetal disposition by family and hospital, and autopsy permission and points of contact".  This conference took place in the Moakley Simulation Center. The Audience was nurses from Labor and Delivery, NICU, pedi-ED, Pediatrics, and OR.

        Three of our residents, Israa Laklouk, Artem Shevtsov and Ilyas Yambayev participated in the USCAP 2019 the week of March 18th:

        • Israa Laklouk, MD gave a Poster presentation: “Race-ethnicity Associated Disparities of Molecular Genotyping in Classical Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma, Follicular Variant Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma, and Noninvasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasm with Papillary-Like Nuclear Features (NIFTP): an Institutional Experience, 162 Patients” Authors: Israa Laklouk, Reyhan Gedik, Sandra Cerda

        Dr Sandra Cerda was invited as the guest Grand Rounds lecturer at the Department of Pathology in Montefiore, March 7th.  Her talk was on “Multigene Next Generation Sequencing Panel Analysis and its application on Cancer Diagnosis in FNA of Thyroid Nodules with Indeterminate Cytology”

        From Dr. Nader Rahimi’s Lab: Congratulations to Razie Amraei, a current Pathology Master student and Rachel Ho, a former MAMS student working in Nader Rahimi's laboratory, who have been accepted into Boston University PIBS PhD program

        Nancy S. Miller, M.D accepted an invitation to serve on the Ignition Award Review Committee for the Office of Technology Development, Boston University

        • Dr. Miller also accepted a 2-year term as a Committee Member for the American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer Program
        • In addition Dr. Miller is invited faculty and presenter at the workshop “Epidemics Within the Opioid Epidemic: The Infectious Disease Consequences” presented at the 4th Joint Meeting of the Northeast Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease and Northeast-Branch-American Society for Microbiology with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, April 8, Portsmouth, NH. Dr. Miller will present “Diagnostic Microbiology in the Ongoing Opioid Epidemic: A case-based approach.”

        Yuri Kim, PhD (Lee Quinton’s Lab) successfully defended her Thesis, “Liver-Dependent Protection During Pneumonia and Sepsis” on Thursday, March 28th; Bravo Yuri!!

        The new Dr. Yuri Kim Defending her thesis on Thusrday, March 28th

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – Winter 2018/2019

        March 1st, 2019 in Uncategorized

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – Winter 2018/2019


        Recent Faculty Promotions

        Elizabeth Duffy, MA; Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

        Carolina Lyon de Ana, a former Pathology Masters student in the lab of Dr. Susan Winandy, published her Masters research as part of a first author publication in The Journal of Immunology! Other authors include Ksenia ArakcheevaNicole Derosia (a current Pathology Masters student) and Dr. Parul Agnihotri (a former PhD student). Congratulations to all! Check it out online: Lack of Ikaros deregulates inflammatory gene programs in T cells by Carolina Lyon de Ana, Ksenia Arakcheeva, Parul Agnihotri, Nicole Derosia and Susan Winandy. The Journal of Immunology. 202: 1112-1123. The article was chosen as the Editor-In-Chief's pick of the issue and will be featured in the "In This Issue" section, which highlights articles considered to be among the top 10% of articles published The Journal. BRAVO Carolina!!!

        Dr. Ivana Delalle was invited as one of 9 international speakers at the symposium held in Boston on Nov 28, 2018 “Longwood extracellular vesicle symposium: from science to therapeutics”

        Nancy S. Miller, M.D. was an invited speaker at the TriMark Point of Care/Critical Care Conference, October 12, 2017 in Dedham, MA. Dr. Miller will present:  "What's the Point? A Point of View About Point of Care and Diagnostic Microbiology Testing in the U.S.”

        Dr. Miller also presented “A point of view about point of care testing for diagnostic microbiology in the U.S.” at the Global Applied Microbiology Conference, October 18-19, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        Dr. Miller was an ASM Distinguished Lecturer at the Southern California Branch-American Society for Microbiology, October 27-28, La Jolla, CA.  Also at La Jolla, Dr. Miller was invited to a breakout Educators’ Session and presented, “Clinical Microbiology at the Crossroads: A Potpourri of Challenges and Lessons Learned in this Era of Evolving Technology”

        Troy Sanders, a MAMS student in the lab of Dr. Susan Winandy, has been accepted into medical school at UCLA. He has also been awarded the prestigious Geffen Scholarship, which will pay for his tuition and room/board. Congratulations Troy!

        Dr. Israa Laklouk won the first place resident research award at the USCAP meeting in Vancouver, for her first author abstract: Impact of racial and ethnic differences on the accurate classification of thyroid nodules using ThyroSeq Next-Generation Sequencing. Coauthors are Cecilia Ponchiardi, David Kindelberger, and Sandra Cerda

        In Mid-October one of our new Masters Students, Amanda Araujo, attended and presented at the Northeastern Association of Forensic Sciences (NEAFS) conference in Bolton landing, NY. She presented her undergraduate research in forensic biology/DNA titled “Following the Transfer of Touch DNA in Simulated Carjackings”

        Nancy S. Miller, M.D. presented an all-day Medical Mycology Workshop at The John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, February 11, Oahu, Hawai’i.

        For Dr. Anna Belkina; It’s a # 1 paper in Viral Immunology section (per reads) over last 6 months despite it being online for less than 3 months. She will be talking about this work at a webinar organized by Cytobank on March 20.

        Dr. Belkina was also invited to talk at FlowTex 2019 conference at MD Anderson Cancer Center Feb 6-7 as a plenary speaker and have presented a talk entitled “Revealing Disease Phenotypes with Computational Analysis of High-Dimensional Flow Cytometry Data”.

        Dr. Dennis Jones was selected to receive pilot funding from the American Cancer Society Pilot Program at the Boston University-Boston Medical Center Cancer Center

        Dr. Jones also received a Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award from the American Association for Cancer Research

        Nancy S. Miller, M.D. also presented “Clinical Microbiology Update” at Grand Rounds for the Division of Infectious Diseases, December 13th

        Dr. Shinichiro Kurosawa has had his service as a member of the Boston University Laboratory Safety Committee extended through 12/31/2020

        Liz Duffy, MA has been appointed as a voting member of the Boston University Laboratory Safety Committee effective immediately. The term of her appointment is through 12/31/2021

        Dr. Kazem Azadzoi has received a VA Merit Review grant award for his research proposal entitled "Regulation of Detrusor Overactivity by Cellular Stress in Bladder Ischemia"

        Timothy Norman, PhD (Alan Fine Lab) successfully defended his Thesis, “Ontogeny and maturation of the lymphatic endothelium in the lung” on Tuesday, February 26th; Bravo Tim!!

        Publications ACCEPTED

        Conner SC, Benayoun L, Himali JJ, Adams SL, Yang Q, DeCarli C, Beiser A, Seshadri S, and Delalle I: Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase-B3 risk allele implicated in Alzheimer’s disease associates with increased odds for brain infarcts. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

        Shoreh R. Fazeli,Kamyar R. Giglou ,Mahmoud Soliman, Waleed H. Ezzat, Andrew Salama, Qing Zhao. Calcifying Epithelial Odontogenic (Pindborg) Tumor in a Child: A Case Report and Literature Review. Head and Neck Pathology Journal

        Reggie Thomasson, MS, MD; International Assessment of Massive Transfusion Protocol Contents and Indications for Activation" was accepted for publication in the journal TRANSFUSION

        Publications PUBLISHED:

        Wang Y, Liu C-H, Ji T, Mehta M, Wang W, Marino E, Chen J, Kohane DS: Intravenous treatment of choroidal neovascularization by photo-targeted nanoparticles. Nat Commun 2019; (in press)

        Yang R, Saarinen R, Okonkwo OS, Hao Y,Mehta M, Kohane DS: Trans-tympanic delivery of local anesthetics for pain in acute otitis media. Mol Pharm 2019; (in press)

        Anna C. Belkina1,2, Alina Starchenko3, Katherine A. Drake4, Elizabeth A. Proctor3, Riley M. F. Pihl1, Alex Olson5, Douglas A. Lauffenburger3, Nina Lin5† and Jennifer E. Snyder-Capp: Multivariate Computational Analysis of Gamma Delta T Cell Inhibitory Receptor Signatures Reveals the Divergence of Healthy and ART-Suppressed HIV+ Aging. Frontiers of Immunology, 05 December 2018 PRESS RELEASE:

        Latarsha J. Carithers, Rachana Agarwal, Ping Guan, Hana Odeh, Michael C. Sachs, Kelly B. Engel, Sarah R. Greytak, Mary Barcus, Conrado Soria, Chih-Jian (Jason) Lih, P. Mickey Williams, Philip A. Branton, Leslie Sobin, Benjamin Fombonne, Therese Bocklage, Chris Andry,Elizabeth R. Duffy, Gabriel Sica, Rajiv Dhir, Scott Jewell, Nancy Roche, and Helen M. Moore; The Biospecimen Preanalytical Variables Program: A Multiassay Comparison of Effects of Delay to Fixation and Fixation Duration on Nucleic Acid Quality. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Early Online Release


        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – Fall 2018

        December 17th, 2018 in Uncategorized




        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – Fall 2018


        Recent Faculty Promotions:

        Dr. Eric Burks was an Invited Speaker at the 39th International Conference on Screening for Lung Cancer (I-ELCAP)/7th Conference on Research for Early Lung Cancer Treatment (I-ELCART) in Hyde Park NY. - October 16-17, 2018. He presented the following lecture: "Aggressiveness of Stage I Lung Cancer. Size, grade, histology: what do we know?”

        • Dr. Burks also gave a Poster Presentation at IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer 2018, Toronto, Canada, on September 24, 2018. Burks E.J., Sands J.M., Sullivan T., Regis S.M., McKee B.J., McKee A.B., Rieger-Christ K.M. Pathologic Comparison of Prevalent vs. Incident CT Lung Screen Detected Cancer in NCCN High-Risk Subjects: Are The Different?
        • Dr. Burks received 20% salary support from the Spira-Lenburg Lab to work with their group on the Pulmonary Precancer Genome Atlas (PCGA) defining the molecular and pathologic changes in a multi-institutional cohort of smokers undergoing sequential autoflorescence bonchoscopic biopsies

        Dr. Dennis Jones was recently recognized recently by STAT newspaper.

        USCAP 2019; United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s 108th Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, March 16-21, 2019

        Accepted Abstracts:

        • “Inflammatory Patterns by H&E Stain are Predictive of Recurrence in Resected Stage I Lung Adenocarcinoma.”, abstract number #2175, United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s 108th Annual Meeting for presentation in the Stowell-Orbison/Surgical Pathology/Autopsy Award Poster Session.  Authors: I Yambayev, A Shevstov, P Moreira, T Sullivan, K Rieger-Christ, K Suzuki, E Burks
        • “Distinctive Pulmonary Amyloid Vasculopathy is the Most Common Lung Finding at Autopsy in Patients with AL Amyloidosis.”, abstract number #2148, United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s 108th Annual Meeting for presentation in the Stowell-Orbison/Surgical Pathology/Autopsy Award Poster Session. Autors: M Soliman, R Multz (med student), L Connors, H Cui, A Staron, V Sanchorawala, E Burks
        • Race-ethnicity Associated Disparities of Molecular Genotyping in Classical Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma, Follicular Variant Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma, and Noninvasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasm with Papillary-Like Nuclear Features (NIFTP): an Institutional Experience, 162 Patients.  Israa Laklouk MD, Reyhan Gedik MD, Sandra Cerda MD

        New course offered in the School of Graduate Medical Sciences. Our department will be offering a graduate level histopathology course (PA932) created by Dr. Mostafa Belghasem starting the summer of 2019. The course proposal was very well received by the University’s Academic Policy Committee and no scheduled hearing was required. This new course will fill an unmet need within the graduate school to teach the practical and fundamental skills required of tissue processing, tissue staining, and interpretation of pathologic changes in tissues and organs. The course features several board-certified pathology instructors and the small class size ensures that all students are provided with adequate hands-on time.

        Dr. Belghasem also presented an oral abstract during Evans Research Day 2018 titled “Newly Identified Metabolites Connect Colon Cancer to ThrombosisMostafa Belghasem, Sean Richards, Joshua Walker, Cristal Thompson, Cheryl Spencer, Chris Andry, Katya Ravid, Vipul Chitalia.

        Daniel Remick, M.D., participated on a panel discussion at the PISA 2018 meeting in Ann Arbor Michigan “Maximizing Biospecimen Resources” October 2018

        Daniel Remick, M.D., was invited to give the plenary lecture at the Department of Pathology’s Research Day at the University of Iowa on October, 23, 2018. His talk was “Mechanisms of Traumatic Brain Injury Augmenting Innate Immunity”

        Max Vaickus, former Masters student in the Department had his paper accepted in the American Journal of Pathology: “Mild traumatic brain injury in mice beneficially alters lung NK1R and structural protein expression to enhance survival after Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. Max Vaickus, Terry Hsieh, Ekaterina Kintsurashvili, Jiyoun Kim, Daniel Kirsch, George Kasotakis, Daniel Remick

        Dr. Anna Belkina was a plenary speaker at the MetroFlow 2018 meeting in New York, NY with a talk entitled: “From Chaos to Chorus: Revealing disease phenotypes with computational analysis of high-dimensional flow cytometry” October 18, 2018

        Resident, Dr. Mahmoud Soliman presented his poster the American Society for Clinical Pathologists October 3-5 in Baltimore.  "A report of a case of hyalinizing trabecular neoplasm of thyroid gland associated with PAX8-GLIS3 fusion" Authors: Mahmoud Soliman, Artem Shevtsov, Grace Zhao and Sandra Cerda

        Resident, Dr. Shoreh Fazeli presented a poster at the Massachusetts Medical Society on Friday, November 30.: “Impact of ThyroSeq v2 Testing on Cytopathology diagnosis, Cost, and Outcome of Management in Patients with Thyroid Nodule” S R. Fazele, B Zehn, D Kindelberger, S Lee, S Cerda

        Dr. Chris Andry’s appointment as Co-Chair of the Boston University Laboratory Safety Committee has been renewed through December 2019

        Dr. Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa just completed her term as Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee. “Her leadership as Committee Chair and her contributions to the program have helped to ensure research at BU has been conducted in a safe and compliant manner, consistent with the highest ethical standards

        Our Residency Program Day-After-Thanksgiving International Pot Luck! Program Director, Dr. Joel Henderson had a great time and learned a lot about recipes from all over the world – These were enjoyed by all! Dr. Henderson and our residents appreciated having the opportunity to chat about things without the usual pressures of a typical workday

        2018 Residency Program Day After Thanksgiving Thanksgiving

        Publications ACCEPTED

        • Browne B.M., Sullivan T.B., Libertino J.A., Burks E.J., Canes D., Rieger-Christ K.M.  MicroRNA expression profiles in upper tract urothelial carcinoma differentiate tumor grade, stage and survival: implications for clinical decision-making.”  Manuscript accepted to Urology October 2, 2018
        • "Lack of Ikaros deregulates inflammatory gene programs in T cells" by Carolina Lyon de Ana, Ksenia Arakcheeva, Parul Agnihotri, Nicole Derosia and Susan Winandy. Accepted by The Journal of Immunology

        Publications PUBLISHED:

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – August/September 2018

        October 4th, 2018 in Uncategorized

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – August/September 2018



        Daniel Remick, MD was an invited speaker to the International Sepsis Symposium in Chicago, and participated on the Immunology panel. His talk was titled: Heterogeneity in the Septic Immune Response.

        Nick Crossland, DVM, DACVP was an invited speaker on August 7th at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, which hosted a symposium on the Use of Laboratory Animals in Infectious Disease Research. The title of his talk was “The Use of Fluorescent Reporter Viruses to Investigate Measles Pathogenesis”

        Resident, Israa Lakloud, MD presented the abstract entitled “Impact of Race/Ethnicity on Oncogenic Driver Mutations Prevalence and Outcomes in Thyroid Nodules” as an Oral Presentation as part of the Scientific Program during the 30th European Congress of Pathology in in Bilbao, Spain from 8 - 12 September 2018. The authors: Israa Laklouk MD., Cecilia Ponchiardi MD., Sandra Cerda MD

        A series of manuscripts arising from the Wiggers-Bernard Conference in Vienna have been accepted. Dr. Remick was part of the organizing committee for the conference:

        • MINIMUM QUALITY THRESHOLD IN PRE-CLINICAL SEPSIS STUDIES (MQTIPSS): AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERT CONSENSUS INITIATIVE FOR IMPROVEMENT OF ANIMAL MODELING IN SEPSIS. Osuchowski MF, Ayala A, Bahrami S, Bauer M, Boros M, Cavaillon JM, Chaudry IH, Coopersmith CM, Deutschman C, Drechsler S, Efron P, Frostell C, Fritsch G, Gozdzik W, Hellman J, Huber-Lang M, Inoue S, Knapp S, Kozlov AV, Libert C, Marshall JC, Moldawer LL, Radermacher P, Redl H, Remick DG, Singer M, Thiemermann C, Wang P, Wiersinga WJ, Xiao X, Zingarelli press, 2018, Shock. PMID 3016875
        • PART II: MINIMUM QUALITY THRESHOLD IN PRE-CLINICAL SEPSIS STUDIES (MQTiPSS) FOR TYPES OF INFECTIONS AND ORGAN DYSFUNCTION ENDPOINTS. Libert C, Ayala A, Bauer M, Cavaillon JM, Deutschman C, Frostell C, Knapp S, Kozlov AV, Wang P, Osuchowski MF, Remick DG. in press, 2018, Shock. PMID 3016873
        • A peer-reviewed paper was published detailing the premise for standardized sepsis models.
        • PREMISE FOR STANDARDIZED SEPSIS MODELS. Remick DG, Ayala A, Chaudry I, Coopersmith CM, Deutschman C, Hellman J, Moldawer L, Osuchowski M. in press, 2018, Shock. PMID: 29877959.
        • The following manuscripts investigating sepsis have been accepted

        One of our new faculty members, Dr. Reggie Thomasson will be presenting a poster at AABB in Boston on October 14th entitled "International Assessment of Massive Transfusion Protocol Types and Activation Indications"


        Dr. Thomasson is also giving a talk at the Northeast Laboratory Conference on October 16th in Portland, Maine entitled "Pathogen Inactivation of Blood Components: Impact on Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine"

        Andrew Berens, Assistant Supervisor in Microbiology, recently obtained his MBA from Western Governors University and his specialist in Microbiology ASCP certification. BRAVO!

        First Year Masters Student, Kyle de la Cena has graciously volunteered to serve as our program's liaison to Graduate Medical Sciences Student Organization (GMSSO) in GMS for the year

        Resident, Weiwei Shi, MD recently accepted a surgpath fellowship offer for 2020-2021 at MSKCC, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and one of the most prestigious cancer centers in the world

        Leen Arnaout, a Boston University Undergraduate, is a sophomore in biomedical engineering. Leen, who is conducting research in Dr. Remick’s Lab, has received an UROP Student Research Award

        Publications PUBLISHED:

        • Schechter-Perkins EM, Mitchell PM, Nelson KP, Liu JH, Shannon A, Ahern J, Orr B, Miller NS. Point-of-care influenza testing does not significantly shorten time to disposition among patients with an influenza-like illness. Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Aug 07. PMID: 30107967
        • Hall, G., Kurosawa, S., Stearns-Kurosawa, D.J. “Dextran Sulfate Sodium Colitis Facilitates Colonization with Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli: a Novel Murine Model for the Study of Shiga Toxicosis”, Infection and Immunity, 86(11): pp, 2018, in press

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – July 2018

        July 31st, 2018 in Uncategorized

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – July 2018


        CONGRATULATIONS: The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine based on the results of our recent on-site inspection. We congratulate everyone within our department on a job well done because this is truly a team effort!

        Bravo to our own Liz Duffy!











        Liz Duffy also gave an oral presentation at the Annual Association of Pathology Chairs in Coronado, CA on July 18th, 2018 on her work “Pathology’s Role in Biospecimen Science: A Study of Preanalytic Variables’ Impact on Thrombosis Biomarkers”

        Dr. Zach Hunter, a graduate of our Pathology Masters AND PhD Programs, is now an Instructor of Medicine at Boston’s Dana-Farber Institute. Zach completed his thesis work in the Steven Treon Lab at MGH. Recently :

        • Dr. Hunter received the Robert A. Kyle Award, one of the highest honors in his field
        • As well as an American Society of Clinical Oncology Scholar Award, regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in hematology

        Dr. Susan Winandy was awarded a CTSI pilot grant to study a ""New pathway regulating the harmful inflammatory phenotype of T cells". BRAVO!

        Troy Sanders, a Masters student in the MAMS program has joined the Winandy Lab. He will be working on defining a new mechanism underlying the control of the inflammatory program in human T cells

        Dr. Anna Belkina just got back from presenting an invited seminar at the University of Washington Department of Immunology Seminar Series on July 12; “Revealing disease phenotypes with computational analysis of high-dimensional flow cytometry data”

        Dr. Nader Rahimi and Dr. Daniel Remick were awarded a CTSI pilot grant to study the role of IGPR-1 in sepsis. The goal of this proposed study is to investigate the role of IGPR-1 in the vascular leakage associated with sepsis.  Sepsis is the second leading cause of death in non-coronary intensive care units, highlighting a significant unmet clinical need.

        Dr. Nickolas Crossland was accepted into the Optical Microscopy & Imaging Course hosted by the Marine Biological Laboratory. This 9-day course to be held August 20-30th is highly competitive and is limited to 24 participants to ensure a truly interactive, hands-on experience. It consists of interrelated lectures, laboratory exercises, demonstrations, and discussions that will enable the participants to obtain and interpret high quality microscope data, to understand and assess potential artifacts, to perform quantitative optical measurements, and to generate digital images for documentation and analysis that accurately present the data. Topics to be covered can be found here (

        Dr. Daniel Remick was a Participant at the Pathology Advocating for Academic Pathology Discussion Group, Association of Pathology Chairs 2018 Annual Meeting

        Dr. Remick was also an Invited Speaker, New Pathology Chairs Bootcamp, When, Why, and How to Transition from Being a Chair Participant, Pathology Advocating for Academic Pathology Discussion Group, Association of Pathology Chairs 2018 Annual Meeting

        Also from Dr. Remick:

        A Wiggers-Bernard Conference on Pre-clinical models of sepsis was held in Vienna, Austria in May, 2017. Four manuscripts are being published in the peer-reviewed literature detailing the conclusions of the conference. All of the manuscripts were recently accepted for publication in the journal Shock


        • Marcin F. Osuchowski, Alfred Ayala, Soheyl Bahrami, Michael Bauer, Mihaly Boros, Jean-Marc Cavaillon, Irshad H. Chaudry, Craig M. Coopersmith, Clifford S. Deutschman, Susanne Drechsler, Philip Efron, Claes Frostell, Gerhard Fritsch, Waldemar Gozdzik, Judith Hellman, Markus Huber-Lang, Shigeaki Inoue, Sylvia Knapp, Andrey V. Kozlov,* Claude Libert, John C. Marshall, Lyle L. Moldawer, Peter Radermacher, Heinz Redl, Daniel G. Remick, Mervyn Singer, Christoph Thiemermann, Ping Wang, W. Joost Wiersinga, Xianzhong Xiao, and Basilia Zingarelli in press, Shock
        • Basilia Zingarelli, Craig M. Coopersmith, Susanne Drechsler, Philip Efron, John C. Marshall, Lyle Moldawer, W. Joost Wiersinga, Xianzhong Xiao, Marcin F. Osuchowski, Christoph Thiemermann in press, Shock
        • Claude Libert, Alfred Ayala, Michael Bauer, Jean-Marc Cavaillon, Clifford Deutschman, Claes Frostell, Sylvia Knapp, Andrey V. Kozlov, Ping Wang, Marcin F. Osuchowski, Daniel G. Remick in press, Shock
        • Judith Hellman, Soheyl Bahrami, Mihaly Boros, Irshad Chaudry, Gerhard Fritsch, Waldemar Gozdzik, Shigeaki Inoue, Peter Radermacher, Mervyn Singer, Marcin F. Osuchowski, Markus Huber-Lang in press, Shock

        Joseph Tashjian, a Pathology master student working with Dr. Mostafa Belghasem, has been selected to participate in “Kidney STARS” 2018 program organized by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). Joseph also received a $1000 travel grant from ASN to attend Kidney Week 2018.

        Dr. Mostafa Belghasem was invited by the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research to present at the monthly ARC/Cardio seminar on July 24th 2018. The lecture topic:” Murine Models of Renal Disease:  Analysis of Thrombotic Tendencies”

        Greg Hall, DVM, PhD (Kurosawa Lab) successfully defended his Thesis, “Dextran sulfate sodium colitis facilitates murine colonization by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli:  A novel model for the study of Shiga toxicosis” on Tuesday, July 24th; Bravo Greg!!






        Gregory Hall, DVM, PhD and his PIs, Dr. Shinichiro Kurosawa and Dr. Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa





        Dr. & Mrs. Greg Hall and family, 3-yo Cora and 7-week old Maggie celebrating with dad




        Konditor Meister Celebration in Dr. Hall's honor!!!




        Publications ACCEPTED:

        • Juan R. Mella, Arthur F. Stucchi, Elizabeth R. Duffy, Daniel G. Remick; Neurokinin-1 Receptor Deficiency Improves Survival in Murine Polymicrobial Sepsis Through Multiple Mechanisms in Aged Mice; in press, Shock

        Publications PUBLISHED:

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – June 2018

        July 3rd, 2018 in Uncategorized

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – June 2018


        Happy to report that Gabriel Lerner is now a funded T32 Research Fellow! He heard back a couple of weeks ago, his Medical Student Research Supplemental project studying the etiology of minimal change disease was accepted for the existing NIDDK supported T32 training grant in the Renal Section of the Department of Medicine. This Fellowship will last ~9 months, and end prior to Gabriel’s graduation in Spring 2019. Mentorship is dually by both Dr Joel Henderson and Dr Laurence Beck (in the Renal section)

        At the 41st European Congress of Cytology (ECC 2018) last week, June 10-12, Madrid, Spain.

        • Sandra Cerda, MD was an invited speaker at the conference.
        • Her first talk was in the Cytotechnology session titled “Training of Cytotechnologists in the United States”.
        • Her second talk at the CNS symposium was titled; “Cytology of Metastatic Solid Tumor in CSF”
        • Shoreh Fazelli, MD gave an oral presentation.  The title of her abstract was “Second review of FNA versus Thyroseq Testing in Thyroid Nodules Interpreted as Atypical cells of Undetermined Significance (AUS)/ Follicular Lesion of Undetermined Significance (FLUS) and Follicular Neoplasm (FN) /Suspicious for Follicular Neoplasm (SFN). Shoreh Fazeli MD, Sandra Cerda MD
        • Israa Laklouk, MD presented a poster ”Clinical Outcomes and Diagnostic Implication of Cytologic Atypia/ Architectural Atypia Subcategorization of Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules (Bethesda-III) with RAS Mutations Subtype and Clinical Outcomes.  Israa Laklouk MD. Cecilia Ponchiardi MD, Sandra Cerda MD
        • Cecilia Ponchiardi, MD also presented a poster: ”Bethesda III Thyroid Nodules and Thyroseq Genomic Classifier (GC) Testing: Prevalence of Driver Mutations in Matched Resected Lesions and Potential Implications in Management Approach” Cecilia Ponchiardi MD, Israa Laklouk MD, Sandra Cerda MD










        At the EDD Conference: Drs. Israa Laklouk, Cecilia Ponchiardi, Sandra Cerda, Dr. Rosario Granados, the President of the Organizing committee and Dr. Shoreh Fozelli


        From the Winandy Lab: Nicole Derosia, a Master's student in the Pathology program, joined the lab this summer. She will be investigating the role of the transcription factor Ikaros in suppressing the pro-inflammatory phenotype in T cells

          Dr. Ivana Delalle recently obtained a Genome Science Institute grant

          Dr. Delalle also gave an invited lecture at UT San Antonio on Monday, June 18

          Anna C. Belkina, MD, PhD, an Associate Director of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility of BUMC, has joined the Department of Pathology as an Assistant Professor; here is some news form her recently…

          • Dr. Belkina. has given an oral presentation at the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry annual meeting in Prague (CYTO2018) entitled "Inhibitory receptor signatures on gamma delta T cells predict ART-suppressed HIV infection, are synergistically altered by HIV and aging, and co-vary with inflammatory plasma analytes”
          • Dr. Belkina has also been teaching a half-day workshop entitled “Computational Analysis of Cytometric Data" at the NIH-sponsored 2018 Summer School on Computational Immunology
          • Dr. Belkina. will be an invited speaker at the University of Washington Department of Immunology seminar on July 12, 2018. She will be giving a talk entitled "Revealing disease phenotypes with computational analysis of high-dimensional flow cytometry

          Dr. Joel Henderson and his collaborators recently received the good news that their proposal entitled “KidneyAI: Point-of-care software application for assessment of renal diseases” has been selected to receive a Digital Health Initiative (DHI) Research Award. Their project was one of seven that the DHI has selected for its annual solicitation for Spring 2018. Congratulations!

          Publications PUBLISHED:

          • Schechter-Perkins EM, Miller NS, Hall J, Hartman JJ, Dorfman D, Andry C, Linas B. Implementation and Preliminary Results of an Emergency Department Nontargeted, Opt-Out Hepatitis C Virus Screening Program. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2018 May 31. doi: 10.1111/acem.13484. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 29851238

          Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – May 2018

          June 11th, 2018 in Uncategorized

          Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – May 2018


          • Dr. Israa Laklouk had a poster/abstract presentation in April at the 1st Annual BUMC Health Equity Symposium (HES) at the Boston University Medical Campus- School of Medicine in Hiebert Lounge.  "Impact of Racial and Ethnic Differences on the Accurate Classification of Thyroid Nodules Using ThyroSeq Next Generation Sequencing" Israa Laklouk MD, Cecilia Ponchiardi MD, David Kindelberger MD, Sandra Cerda MD
          • This is the same abstract that was awarded with a Mallory funding grant this month
          • On Behalf of Dr. Barbara Slack, Pathology Department Russek Awards Committee: I am pleased to announce that this year's H.I. Russek Student Achievement Award recipients in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are:
            • First Prize -  Gregory Hall, PhD Candidate (Advisor: Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa) 
            • Second Prize - Timothy Norman, PhD Candidate (Advisor: Alan Fine)
            • Congratulations to the award winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts for the poster session. Russek Day was held on Thursday, May 10th in the Hiebert Lounge (L building, 14th floor). The keynote speaker this year was Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch, Professor of Biology at MIT's  Whitehead Institute. Posters were available for viewing throughout the day, and slide presentations by the first-prize winners took place in the afternoon. I hope everyone had a chance to attend
          • Nancy S. Miller, M.D. presented “Fungal Fest”, as the ASM Distinguished Lecturer at the Indiana Branch and the Illinois Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), on April 6th and May 15th.
          • Dr. Miller also presented “Culture Independent Testing: A case-based perspective” at the 3rd joint meeting of the Northeast Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease and Northeast-Branch-ASM, April 23-24, Wakefield, MA
          • Dr. Ivana Delalle has received an invitation to present her research on biomarkers for neurodegeneration at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine on May 16, 2018
          • Tim Norman, 5th year PhD student in Alan Fine's lab, attended the first annual workshop on induced pluripotent stem cells and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing at the University of Pennsylvania, May 14-18.
          • Dr. Mostafa Belghasem has a new MAMS Student, Elysia Heilig, joining our department this summer and will do her thesis work in his lab.
          • Max Vaickus, MS, has a poster accepted to the 41st Annual Conference on Shock in Scottsdale Arizona this June. His poster title is: "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury stimulates immune changes in mouse lung to enhance survival after Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection"
          • Max was also awarded a BUSM Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Travel Award for this same conference
          • Happy to report that Dr. Ivana Delalle will serve as chair/moderator at American Association of Neuropathologists at the 94th Annual Meeting Alzheimer’s Disease Platform Session on June 8, 2018.  Also, there is a platform presentation:  Benayoun L, Himali JJ, Conner SC, Adams SL, Seshadri S, and Delalle I: “Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase-B3 Risk Allele Implicated In Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Odds For Small Covert Brain Infarcts”.
          • Dr. Delalle has also been invited to visit and give a talk on dementia biomarkers at a newly opened Alzheimer's Institute in UT San Antonio by its recently appointed Director Dr. Seshadri ( on June 18, 2018
          • Ahmad Al-Moujahed, PhD (MGH Vavvas Lab) successfully defended his Thesis “The Role of Cytosolic Accumulation of Nuclear DNA in Retinal Pigment Epithelium Dysfunction and Age-related Macular Degeneration” on Tuesday, June 5t
          • Congratulations to this year’s Graduates!!!
          • Residents:
                  • Dr. Ram Al-Sabti; Ram will be moving into a Gastrointestinal & Hepatic Pathology Fellowship at the University of Chicago
                  • Dr. Reyhan Gedik, Reyhan will be staying with us as our Cytopathology Fellow for next year
                  • Dr. Cecelia Ponchiardi; Cecilia will be staying local in a Surgical Pathology Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
                • Graduate Students:
                  • Junbo Chen, MS: Junbo will be working as a medical specialist technologist here in BMC Pathology Department that back up Hui Chen to process kidney biopsies for Dr. Joel Henderson
                  • Terry Hsieh, MD, PhD: Terry will spend his preliminary year in Internal Medicine at Slaone-Kettering in New York before movng on to UCLA for his ophthalmology residency
                  • Subha Singh, MS; Subha is working at OPKO Diagnostics as a Research Associate
                  • Rawan Tahboub; MS;
                  • Mark Wojnarowicz, PhD; Dr. Wojnarowicz is now working for MilliporeSigma as the Isotec Senior Specialist - East Region. His job involves sales and specialization in stable isotope
                    • GroupGraduationDinner.MED_8742a
                    • 2018 residents and Graduate students, along with Pathology Faculty, BRAVO!!



                    • Masters Graduate Junbo Chen, MS with her PI,. Dr. Joel Henderson and Program Director, Dr. Chris Andry
                    •     Junbo.Mom
                    • Junbo Chen, MS and her mother (in from China) at the BU Graduation Ceremonies


                    • Pathology Residents at this year's Graduation Dinner


                    • MD, PhD Graduate Terry Hseih and his Mentor/PI, Department Chair, Dr. Daniel Remick, along with his mother here from California
                    • Publications ACCEPTED:
                      • Adams SL, Benayoun L, Tilton K, Mellot TJ, Seshadri S, Blusztajn JK, and Delalle I. : “Immunohistochemical analysis of Activin Receptor-Like Kinase 1 (ACVRL1/ALK1) expression in the rat and human hippocampus: decline in CA3 during progression of Alzheimer’s disease  Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
                      • Martin Peter Steinbuck and Susan Winandy; A review of Notch processing with new insights into ligand-independent Notch signaling in T-cells; Frontiers in Immunology
                      • Sowmiya Kumaradevan, Shin Yin Lee, Sean Richards, Vijay Kolachalama, Chimera Lyle, Qing Zhao4, Yulian Jianliu, Shmyle Ghumman, Joshua Walker, Mostafa Belghasem, Angela Kuhn, Janice Weinberg, Jean Francis, Kevan Hartshrone, Daniel Cifuentes, Nader Rahimi, Vipul C. Chitalia. “c-Cbl expression correlates with human colorectal cancer survival and its Wnt/ β-catenin suppressor function is regulated by Tyr371 phosphorylation”. The American Journal of Pathology. Accepted May 17 2018.
                      • Publications PUBLISHED: