Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – April 2019


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