Janice Spence, Ph.D.

Janice Spence, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 626
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-7842
Fax: (585) 276-2200

Research Bio

I am working in the laboratory of W. Richard Burack, M.D., Ph.D, Director of the Hematopathology Department of Strong Memorial Hospital. Research goals include the development and validation of novel approaches to the diagnosis of hematopoietic malignancies, with special emphasis on lymphomas. Unlike leukemias, in which genetic aberrations generate fusion proteins with mixed regulation and functionality, the characteristic genetic lesion in non-Hodgkins lymphomas involve gene dysregulation through their chromosomal translocation into the IG and TCR regions, which are highly expressed in lymphocytes.

Many of these translocations are balanced, which prevents their identification through CGH array methodologies and requires genetic karyotyping and/or FISH for diagnosis, assays which are technically sophisticated. Our approach is two-fold. First, we are developing diagnostic assays based on relatively simple technologies that can be used to identify the common balanced translocations associated with non-Hodgkins lymphomas, suitable for use in a wide-range of diagnostic settings. Second, we are looking to identify a large number of chromosomal markers in lymphomas that will allow for the sub-categorization of these malignancies with regard to clinical outcomes and therapeutic responses. This exploratory approach is based on a novel use of array technologies, using custom oligo arrays to analyze labeled primer extension products which initiate within the well-characterized IG/TCR locations. This use of primer extension products as the analyte allows for the identification of normal gene regions translocated into highly expressed sites, adding the ability to determine spatial proximity to standard CGH arrays.

Awards & Honors (National)

American Society for Microbiology Student Travel Grant 1995

Awards & Honors (Local)

University of Rochester Medical Center Developmental Grant 2005
Melvin A. Hare Award for Excellence in Research 2001
Melvin A. Hare Award for Excellence in Teaching 1995

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 7 available »

2010 Jul
Burack WR, Laughlin TS, Friedberg JW, Spence JM, Rothberg PG. "PCR assays detect B-lymphocyte clonality in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded specimens of classical hodgkin lymphoma without microdissection." American journal of clinical pathology. 2010 Jul; 134(1):104-11.
2008 Feb
Spence JM, Wright L, Clark VL. "Laboratory maintenance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae." Current protocols in microbiology. 2008 Feb; Chapter 4:Unit 4A.1.
2008 Jan
Isabella V, Wright LF, Barth K, Spence JM, Grogan S, Genco CA, Clark VL. "cis- and trans-acting elements involved in regulation of norB (norZ), the gene encoding nitric oxide reductase in Neisseria gonorrhoeae." Microbiology. 2008 Jan; 154(Pt 1):226-39.
2002 Mar
Spence JM, Tyler RE, Domaoal RA, Clark VL. "L12 enhances gonococcal transcytosis of polarized Hec1B cells via the lutropin receptor." Microbial pathogenesis. 2002 Mar; 32(3):117-25.
2000 Sep
Spence JM, Clark VL. "Role of ribosomal protein L12 in gonococcal invasion of Hec1B cells." Infection and immunity. 2000 Sep; 68(9):5002-10.

Current Appointments

Research Assistant Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Microbiology | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry2001
MS | Clinical Laboratory Science | Michigan State Univ1981
BS | Medical Technology | Michigan State Univ1976

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology, University of Rochester Medical Center 2007