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Department News

Dr. Zhen Lin awarded grant to study role of virus in HIV-associated lung cancer - October 01, 2021

Dr. Zhen Lin, associate professor of pathology at the School of Medicine, and his colleagues were awarded a National Cancer Institute grant to study the connection between human papillomavirus (HPV) and lung cancer development in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive patients.

Department mourns the loss of Dr. Chang Han - September 29, 2021

The Department mourns the loss of our colleague and friend, Dr. Chang Han, Associate Professor of Pathology, who passed away on September 26, after a long heroic battle against breast cancer. Dr. Han joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in December 2009. Her research was in the field of liver diseases. She was well known for her diligence, kindness and willingness to help others. We will miss her deeply.

Please see the obituary here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/new-orleans-la/chang-han-10373950

The family of Dr. Han has decided not to hold a formal funeral service here in New Orleans. Instead, the family asks for donations to the Tulane Cancer Center in honor of Dr. Han. Donations can be made either by a check payable to the Tulane Cancer Center, or using a credit card by visiting the Cancer Center’s website (www.canceriscurable.com). Select “Giving” in the menu options and choose the Tulane Cancer Center Research Fund. Please indicate that your donation is made in Dr. Han’s memory.

Checks should be mailed to: Tulane Cancer Center, 1430 Tulane Avenue, Box 8668, New Orleans, LA. 70112. ATTN: K. Green

Study on Covid-19 - August 19, 2021

Tulane researchers have published an impactful article in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. This article, with Dr. Di Tian and Dr. Zhen Lin, from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as the first and second authors, analyzed Covid-19 testing data from 7,440 Tulane undergraduate students and concludes that the transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 could not be predicated simply based on the amounts of viral materials detected in the nasopharyngeal swabs.  Instead, the study suggests that infected people with even a small amount of virus can be infectious, and thus need to avoid contact with others.  

The article can be found at Ct Values Do Not Predict Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Transmissibility in College Students - The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
News comments can be found at Tulane study finds viral load is not a true indicator of COVID-19 transmission risk
Elsevier.com: https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/viral-load-is-not-a-true-indicator-of-sars-cov-2-transmission-risk 
EurekAlert: https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/925575 

Dr. Halat and Dr. Stark recognized as 2021 Top Doctors in the category of Pathology - August 16, 2021

The Department congratulates Dr. Shams Halat, Director of Surgical Pathology, and Dr. Matthew Stark, Adjunct Faculty at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, for their recognition as the 2021 Top Doctors in the category of Pathology by New Orleans Magazine, which is the city magazine published monthly about the city.  The selection of Top Doctors is organized by Castle Connolly, a leading healthcare research company, which has done the selection for the past 25 years across the country for many local communities.  This year 79 Tulane physicians are among those selected in New Orleans.  However, Dr. Halat and Dr. Stark are the only pathologists bestowed with this honor in New Orleans.  Additional information can be found at the following website. https://www.myneworleans.com/top-doctors-8/.

Congratulations to Sarah Garner for being selected as one of the 2021 Digital Communications Fellows in Pathology - August 6, 2021

Congratulations to Sarah Garner, who has been selected by “the Pathologist” as one of the 2021 Digital Communications Fellows in Pathology, and listed on “The Pathologist Power List”, which celebrates the great and inspirational minds that underpin the medical laboratory.

Congratulations to Dr. Di Tian and Dr. Xiao-Ming Yin in being named a City Business Health Care Hero 2021 in the category of Professionals. - June 30, 2021

Dr. Di Tian and Dr. Xiao-Ming Yin received congratulations from Dr. Lee Hamm, the Dean of School of Medicine, for their recognition in being named a City Business Health Care Hero 2021 in the category of Professionals. City Business is a New Orleans news medium oriented to the business community. Started in 2007, Health Care Heroes honors health care professionals in the New Orleans area in the following categories: first responders, nursing, physicians, professionals and volunteers. Honorees are selected based on industry achievement and community involvement. This year, six Tulane physicians and one Tulane nurse have also been named in the category of “Physician”, and “Nurses”, respectively. The honorees will be celebrated at an event October 25 at the New Orleans Museum of Art. A publication featuring them will be inserted into the Oct. 22 issue of CityBusiness.

A complete list can be found here: City Business Health Care Hero 2021

RESIDENT AWARDS 2020-2021:

Determined by Pathology Faculty vote, the winners of the 2020-2021 Residents’ Awards are:  

  • The Rokitansky Award for Excellence in Autopsy:        Robert Wood, Jr., MD.
  • The Richard Reed M.D. Surgical Award:                       Estelle Oertling, M.D.
  • The Nina Dhurandhar, M.D. Cytopathology Award:      Akannsha Singh, M.D.
Tulane News Comments on Dr. Yin as the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Professionalism/Environment

Tulane University has implemented a program, the Professionalism/Environment of Learning Program to ensure professional conduct on the part of faculty members, learners and educator in their interactions with each other and subordinates. As part of the educational activity, the School of Medicine’s Professionalism Committee has presented a webinar by Dr. Mary Killackey, on June 3rd to the faculty, staff and trainees of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Click on the following link below that gives a comprehensive overview of the program that is available to all employees of Tulane University. Professionalism/Environment of Learning Program

2021 Research Awards - June 8th, 2021

The Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Department congratulates our following Faculty Researchers on their newly awarded (Drs. Savkovic and Lin) and transferred R01 grant awards (Drs. Li and Chen) from the National Institutes of HealthClick to see full list of awards...

Dr. Suzana D. Savkovic
Title: Regulation of DGAT- dependent lipogenesis in colonic epithelial growth
R01CA252055 – Project Period Dates: 04/01/2021 – 03/31/2026
$1,640,398
National Cancer Institute

Dr. Zhen Lin
Title: Human papillomavirus in HIV associated lung cancers
R01CA261258 – Project Period Dates: 04/01/2021 – 03/31/2026
$1,748,182
National Cancer Institute

Dr. Yi-Ping Li 
Title: Inhibiting inflammation and bone erosion in periodontal disease by targeting cell endogenous negative signaling 
R01 DE023813 – Project Period Dates: 01/01/2014 – 01/31/2024
$1,763,440
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Title: Gα13 signaling attenuates periodontal inflammation and alveolar bone loss in the mouse model of age-associated periodontitis
R01 DE028264 – Project Period Dates: 09/04/2018 – 05/31/2023
$1,763,440
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Title: Mechanistic basis of the role of Cbx3 in negatively regulating osteoclast differentiation through epigenetic modification 
R01 AR075735 – Project Period Dates: 08/06/2019 – 07/31/2024
$2,422,265
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Title: Characterizing the negative signaling in dendritic cells and macrophages to attenuate inflammation and bone destruction in Rheumatoid arthritis 
R01 AR074954 – Project Period Dates: 02/15/2020 – 12/31/2024
$1,633,500
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Dr. Wei Chen
Title: Characterizing the mechanism by which endogenous negative regulators of osteoclasts control bone homeostasis under physiological and pathological conditions in mouse models
R01 AR075735 – Project Period Dates: 02/15/2020 – 12/31/2024
$1,633,500
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Title: Cbfβ Mediates Articular Cartilage Regeneration And Repair In Aging
R01 AG056438 – Project Period Dates: 02/15/2020 – 12/31/2024
$2,066,346
National Institute on Aging

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In Memoriam

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine deeply mourns the loss of two former faculty members, Dr. Richard J. Reed, Professor Emeritus, and Dr. Ramesh Bhagat, Assistant Professor. Click here to read more.

Congratulations to Pathology MS Class of 2021!

The department of Pathology would like to express our congratulations to the Pathology MS class of 2021:

Molecular Medicine

  • Sophie Alamilla: Sophie is interested in dental school and will be applying for the 2021-2022 cycle.

  • Hena Brucia: Hena will be working as a Research Specialist in the New Orleans Bioinnovation Center (NOBIC) while applying for medical school.

  • Meghan Dillon: Meghan is applying for medical school for the 2021-2022 cycle.

  • Wendy Mauti: Wendy has been accepted to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and will start in July.

  • Fola Okeyemi: Fola will be working as a Registered Behavioral Therapist at Individualized Intervention ABA in Houston, Texas, while applying for medical school.

  • Vikrant Sharma: Vik is interested in medical school and will be applying for the 2021-2022 cycle.

  • Mohammed Sahal: Mohammed will be working in Dr. Asim B. Abdel-Mageed’s lab at Tulane while preparing for his USMLE Step 2 exam. He will apply for Pathology residency this fall.

  • Nicholas Van Otterloo: Nick will be working in Dr. Zhen Lin’s lab as a Research Specialist while applying for medical school for the 2021-2022 cycle.

Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology

  • Niani Bailey: Niani completed her thesis titled “Expression Analysis of DEK Proteins in Normal and Autophagy-Deficit Liver” under the guidance of Dr. Bilon Khambu. After graduation, she will continue in Dr. Khambu’s lab as a Research Specialist while applying for medical school. Niani has recently won the Dr. Michael A. Gerber Prize for Research for her poster presentation during TUSOM’s Research Days 2021.

  • Glory Ogunyingka: Glory completed her thesis titled “Role of Integrated Stress Response in the Progression of Liver Disease” under Dr. Srikanta Dash’s guidance. Glory will attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in July.

  • Spencer Stubbs: Spencer completed their thesis in the lab of Dr. Ronald Veazey at the National Primate Center. The thesis was titled “Elucidating Causal Pathways for Restorative Gut Potential through Our Microbiome: Targeting, Identifying, and Characterizing the Lymphoid Tissue Inducer Cell in SIV-Pathogenesis”. Spencer will remain in Dr. Veazey’s lab after graduation while applying for the MD/PhD program.

OWL CLUB AWARDS 2020-2021

Ryan Craig, M.D., Ph.D, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, received a Tulane University School of Medicine Owl Club Award for teaching excellence as a T2 Tutorial Facilitator.  Dr. Craig’s teaching involved image exam reviews of microscopic slides. Additionally, Dr. Craig taught Basic Science Projects that exposed students to the analysis of scientific literature as it applied to Pathology.

Sarah Garner, M.S., P.A., Pathology Instructor, and Director of the Pathologists’ Assistants Program in the Pathology Department is a recipient of a Tulane University School of Medicine Owl Club Award.  Ms. Garner, also the Gross Lab Director, received the highest average review score for T1 Lecturers, based on student evaluations, for her Gross Anatomy lecture series, Lower Extremities.
 

Department of Pathology annual awards to trainees - April 28, 2021

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine sponsors a number of honors and awards, including the Dr. Michael A. Gerber Prize for Research in conjunction with Tulane University School of Medicine’s annual Research Days, which was instituted by the late Dr. Gerber. The award is given to the author whose poster wins the highest number of votes. This year the award goes to Niani Bailey, a graduate student in the Master’s program of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, in recognition of her poster, The Role of DEK Protein in Normal and Autophagy-Deficient Liver

This year the Department’s Dr. George H. Hauser Award is given to Ashley L. Velucci, a medical student in Tulane School of Medicine for her outstanding performance in the course “Mechanism of Diseases”, having the highest grade in her class. The award is designed to encourage medical students to excel in the studies of pathology and pathogenesis-related courses.

Dr. Savkovic investigates possible link between obesity and colon cancer - April 27, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Savkovic and her team, who have been awarded a five-year National Cancer Institute grant to continue her investigation on the connection between obesity and colon cancer.Read More...

Dr. David Brenner 2021 Gerber Lecture Guest Speaker April 14, 2021

Dr. David Brenner, Vice Chancellor of the University of California at San Diego Health Sciences, is this year’s esteemed guest speaker. As Vice Chancellor at UC Health Sciences, he leads the School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.Read More...

A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, he completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Medical Center and then served in the Genetics and Biochemistry Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Over the course of his remarkable career, he has served as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences in the VA System; Professor and Chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Chair of the Department of Medicine Columbia University and Physician-in-Chief of New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Dean of the School of Medicine, UCSD. Dr. Brenner is also a world class researcher in the field of liver fibrosis and contributed significantly to the understanding of the mechanism and therapeutic development. The title of his talk this year is “Liver Fibrosis and NASH.” 

For a complete list of past Gerber lecture speakers, Click Here

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New Fellows and Incoming Residents for 2021 - March 22, 2021

Joining the Pathology Department for the next academic year 2021-2022 will be two new fellows and three new residents.

  • Nathaniel McLaughlin - Cytopathology Fellow

  • Garrett Vick - Dermatopthology Fellow

 

Pathologists' Assistant Program Accreditation Status - February 23, 2021

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences has awarded the Tulane Pathologists' Assistant Program serious applicant status.  This award signifies that graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Examination for Pathologists' Assistants. This program is the first of its kind in the Southern United States and is one of only eleven programs in the country.

Pathologists’ Assistant Program celebrates White Coat Ceremony - January 6, 2021

We are pleased to announce that our Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine's first cohort of the Pathologists’ Assistant Program celebrated their first-year achievements at a virtual attended White Coat Ceremony on December 18, 2020. Click here for a pictorial. Thank you to all our family and friends who have supported our students throughout their 2020 year!

Dr. Di Tian receives a President's Excellence Award - December 9, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Di Tian, Director, Molecular Pathology Lab who was awarded a President’s Excellence Award for his work in setting up Tulane's COVID-19 testing program.

Department of Pathology's COVID-19 Lab receives President's Excellence Team Award - December 9, 2020

Congratulations to the staff of the Department of Pathology's COVID-19 Lab on its receipt of the President's Excellence Team Award.

Tulane plans to launch COVID-19 testing program for teachers to help public schools reopen - September 1, 2020

Tulane University School of Medicine is working to develop an asymptomatic testing program for NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) to screen teachers and school-based staff on an ongoing basis, beginning in September.