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Event Recap: Pathology Research Day 2017


Poster SessionThe Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine hosted its annual Research Day event on Monday, June 12, 2017.

The day-long event featured a wide variety of oral and poster presentations by Pathology graduate students and residents on research topics ranging from osteoarthritis, to lymphoma, pregnancy, and much more.

Perry J. Blackshear, MD, D. Phil, gave the keynote address. He is the Deputy Chief of Signal Transduction Laboratory and Head of the Post-Transcriptional Gene Expression Group for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Year out fellow, Michelle PitchAn awards dinner followed the event, in which faculty recognized top presentations and gave a special sendoff to departing residents and fellows. Pathology Chair, Dr. Bruce Smoller, also gave two special awards to faculty. 

Graduate Program Awards

  • Outstanding academic Excellence by a First Year Student - Olivia Marola
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Pathology PhD Program - Richard Bell

Travel Awards

Oral Presentation

  • Sarah Catheline

Poster Presentations

  • Richard Bell
  • Jerry Saunders III
  • Zachary Murphy
  • Brianna Shares

Residency Awards

Oral Presentations

  • Third place - Hani Katerji, MD
  • Second place - Sohaib Abu-Farsakh, MD
  • First place - Sachica Cheris, MD

Faculty Awards

  • Eric A. Schenk Award for Excellence in Teaching - Luis De Las Casas, MD
  • Chairman's Award - Caroline Dignan, MD

See More: 

View a photo gallery of Research Day

Download list of presentations



Pathology Graduate Student Wins Travel Award for Research Project


Madison DoolittleSecond-year Pathology graduate student Madison Doolittle won second place in the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s graduate student poster competition on May 17.

The annual event, hosted by the Graduate Student Society, includes entries from graduate students across disciplines as an opportunity to showcase their research in their respective fields.

Madison was the lead author the abstract titled, “Investigating the Role of Zbtb40 in the Genetic Regulation of Osteoporosis” in which he and fellow researchers examined the genetic determinants of bone mineral density used to diagnose osteoporosis.

He was awarded a $300 travel scholarship.

Tia Labarge Wins 2016 Rising Star Award from ASHI


tialabargeCongratulations to Tia Labarge, who has received the 2016 Rising Star Award from the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics.

The award is given to an outstanding human leukoctye antigen (HLA) technologist who has worked in the field for less than three years and wants to pursue a career in HLA.

Labarge has worked at URMC since 2004 and joined the HLA/Tissue Typing Lab in 2014. Prior to this, she worked in other lab areas including Flow Cytometry and Microbiology.

In her current role, she is responsible for testing that will determine which patients will receive a solid organ or stem cell transplant.

Labarge will accept the award at the ASHI Annual Meeting in September. 


Two Pathology Faculty Named ASCP 40 Under Forty Honorees


We are pleased to announce that two Pathology faculty from URMC have been named to the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 2016 40 Under Forty List.

Drs. Jennifer Findeis-Hosey and Raul Gonzalez have been chosen from a pool of national candidates.

“I think it’s outstanding that two of our faculty are paving the way for others in the field of pathology,” said Dr. Bruce Smoller, Pathology Department Chair.

About the award:

Each year, the ASCP chooses 40 members under the age of 40 whose achievements and leadership qualities are making a significant impact on the fields of pathology and laboratory medicine. This year’s number of applicants was the largest and most competitive yet.

About the honorees:

FHDr. Jennifer Findeis-Hosey, 36, joined the University as an assistant professor in 2012. She is a gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathologist with a research focus on Lynch syndrome.

Her research at URMC extends from immunohistochemical markers of Lynch syndrome to the development of a multidisciplinary high risk colorectal carcinoma program. She serves as the director of pathology curriculum for the UR School of Medicine and oversees high school and undergraduate students in the Pathology Information Technology program.

She earned her B.S. from Bucknell University and M.D. from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She completed her residency at URMC and Surgical Pathology fellowship at the University of Michigan. A native of State College, Pa., she and her husband Dan live in Pittsford with their children, Emily, 7, and William, 2.

RGDr. Raul Gonzalez, 34, joined the University in 2014 as an assistant professor. He specializes in gastrointestinal (GI) pathology. He has done much collaborative research in the field, with a focus on subtypes of colorectal carcinoma; he has published findings on adenoma-like adenocarcinoma and micropapillary carcinoma.

He trained at Emory University for residency, where he also earned his B.S. He completed fellowships in surgical and GI pathology at Vanderbilt University, where he was also an instructor. His M.D. is from the Medical College of Georgia, in his home state.

This year, he co-authored a textbook on non-neoplastic liver disease scheduled to be released in June. He was recently named the co-director of the GI pathology fellowship and teaches pathology residents and graduate students. He and his wife Lindsey live in Rochester.


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