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Faculty Spotlight: Myra Khan, DO

While in medical school, Dr. Myra Kahn discovered her love for gross pathology during a pathology rotation. This led her to a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Chicago from 2014-2018.  As a resident, Forensic Pathology “[put] together my interest for gross pathology along with autopsy,“ shared Khan. She also discovered her love for breast pathology [...]

January 11 2021
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2020: Our Year in Review

A look back at a year of successes in the midst of a pandemic.

January 7 2021

Study Explains Why Patients with Cancer Spread to the Liver Have Worse Outcomes

A new study by the University of Michigan's Rogel Cancer Center analyzed patients with cancer and the factors that cause the cancer to spread to the liver, leading to worse outcomes. 

January 5 2021

Prostate Cancer Regulator Plays Role in COVID-19, Providing a Promising Treatment Lead

Clinical trials underway are testing whether drugs that target the androgen receptor – successful in controlling prostate cancer – could also work against the coronavirus. wo proteins, ACE2 and TMPRSS2, help the coronavirus gain entry and replicate within cells. TMPRSS2 is well-known to Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD. His lab discovered that TMPRSS2 fuses with the ETS gene to drive more than half of all prostate cancers [...]

December 22 2020

Dr. Lamps Appears on The PathPod Podcast

Recently, Department of Pathology faculty member Dr. Laura Lamps appeared on the December 3 episode of the PathPod Pocast's Beyond the Scope. In the episode, Dr. Lamps discusses a varierty of topics including her role as the Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology at Michigan Medicine, her involvement in United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), personal hobbies and her experience working in medicine overall [...]

December 7 2020

Suzanne Butch, MA, MLS(ASCP)SBB, DLM, CQA(ASQ) wins 2020 President’s Award

Congratulations to Suzanne Butch for winning the American Association of Blood Banks’s 2020 President’s Award.  This award was in recognition of her “extraordinary work with the ISBT Working Party on Information Technology and [her] leadership in moving the ISBT 128 labeling program forward.” [...]

December 3 2020

Research Led by Drs. Cierpicki and Grembecka Published in "Blood"

A new study led by Drs. Jolanta Grembecka and Tomasz Cierpicki of the Department of Pathology was just published in Blood's American Society of Hematology. The research focuses on combinatorial treatment with menin and FLT3 and how inhibitors induce complete remission in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with activating FLT3 mutations [...]

December 2 2020

Dr. Thomas Giordano wins the AACR 2020 Team Science Award

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Giordano and the entire Cancer Genome Atlas Project team for winning the American Association of Cancer Research's 2020 Team Science Award [...]

November 30 2020

Research Led by Dr. Udager Published in Modern Pathology

New research by the Department of Pathology was recently published in Modern Pathology. The study, led by Drs. Aaron Udager, Noah Brown, Bryan Betz, Jonathan McHugh and Scott Tomlins, focuses on how TP53 mutations and CDKN2A mutations and deletions are highly recurrent molecular alterations within malignant progression of sinonasal papilomas [...]

November 19 2020

Dr. Celina Kleer Wins ASIP 2020 Outstanding Investigator Award

Congratulations to Dr. Celina Kleer who was awarded the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP)'s 2020 Outstanding Investigator Award. Dr. Kleer receives the award for her demonstrated excellence in research in experimental pathology [...]

November 12 2020

Usha Kota, BS, MT(ASCP) Retires after more than 32 years

Congratulations to Usha Kota, BS, MT(ASCP) on her retirement following 32 years in Pathology! Usha began in Pathology in 1988 in the blood bank, moving to flow cytometry in 1989. In 1990, she was promoted to senior technologist, then flow cytometry supervisor in 1994.  In 2005, she was promoted to laboratory supervisor of Hematology [...]

November 10 2020

Study Regarding Inhibition of Class I PI3K Published in Journal of Cell Biology

Research by the Department of Pathology's Drs. Richard Miller and Joseph Endicott was just published in the Journal of Cell Biology. The study focuses on the inhibition of class I PI3K and how it enhances chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) [...]

October 30 2020

Dr. Jeffrey Myers Receives Jack Billi Award for Inspiring Quality Improvement

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Myers, who was recently selected by Michigan Medicine for the 2020 Jack Billi Award for Inspiring Quality Improvement. Dr. Myers was selected for his exemplifying behaviors of an effective improvement leader and for using LEAN design principles and tools in his daily work [...]

October 30 2020

Michigan Medicine Highlights Phlebotomy Research on Podcast

Experts from the Department of Pathology's Phlebotomy Team were featured on Michigan Medicine's "The Wrap" podcast. The podcast focuses on the department's Poke Plan Program at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, an initiative that helps to alleviate pain and fear among children during the blood draw process [...]

October 20 2020

Bad Bacteria Make Their Own Food to Colonize the Gut

Diarrhea can be the unfortunate but short-lived side effect of bad takeout food, yet it is also a leading cause of death in children under five globally. Scientists continue to investigate how illness-causing bacteria gain a foothold within the digestive tract when they are usually held in check by the protective bacteria collectively known as the gut microbiome [...]

October 16 2020

Don Giacherio, PhD, Retires After 38 Years of Service

Congratulations to Don Giacherio, PhD, who retired July 31, 2020, following 38 years of service in the University of Michigan Department of Pathology. Giacherio completed his PhD at the University of Illinois in 1980, followed by a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic. In 1982, Giacherio joined the University of Michigan Department of Pathology as an Instructor in Pathology [...]

October 16 2020

Research By Dr. Hristov Published in Journal of Cutaneous Pathology

New research from the Department of Pathology and Dr. Alexandra Hristov was just published in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. The study focuses on the kappa and lambda immunohistochemistry in situ hybridization of atypical cutaneous lymphoid infiltrates. 

October 1 2020

Kathy Davis Finishes Her Career at Michigan Medicine

Kathy Davis, IT Administrative Director in Pathology Informatics, retires after more than 40 years of service to the Department of Pathology. Over her career, she has contributed to lab information system software development efforts that have impacted the history of pathology informatics, both at Michigan and nationally.

September 29 2020

Utilizing Machine Learning in Pathology

In a recently published Nature Reviews-Nephrology review article, “Digital pathology and computational image analysis in nephropathology,” Dr. Ulysses G. J. Balis discussed how the emergence of digital pathology — an image-based environment for the acquisition, management, and interpretation of pathology information supported by computational techniques for data extraction and analysis — is changing the pathology ecosystem [...]

September 11 2020

U-M Announces COVID-19 Sampling and Tracking Program

The University of Michigan will begin a Sampling and Testing Program of asymptomatic students, faculty and staff for the virus that causes COVID-19 on September 7.

September 8 2020

Study of SARS-CoV-2 reveals new disease surveillance method

In a broadly collaborative effort, Pathology faculty Drs. Carl Schmidt, Jeffrey Myers, Kristine Konopka, Paul Lephart, and Teresa Nguyen joined Michigan Medicine faculty from the departments of Epidemiology, Internal Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Mathematics and Complex Systems, and the School of Public Health in a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases entitled “SARS-CoV-2 surveillance in decedents in a large, urban medical examiner’s office.”

September 4 2020

Scientists Develop First Drug-Like Compounds to Inhibit Elusive Cancer-Linked Enzymes

Structural biology techniques helped researchers target the nuclear receptor-binding SET domain family, whose malfunction is associated with several types of cancer.

September 2 2020

Patient Advocate Michele Mitchell wins ASCP Patient Champion Award

"Patient advocacy and engagement is essential to provide high quality care.  Your dedication to empower other patients through education and awareness has made big contributions to the life-changing impact of patient-pathology interactions.”  So begins the award letter to Michele Mitchell from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), who is awarding Michele the ASCP Patient Champion Award for 2020... 

August 24 2020

Study from Venneti Lab on DIPGs Published in Cancer Cell

In a new study, Chan Chung et al. from the Venneti laboratory have discovered a “catch 22”-like phenomena, where epigenetic and metabolic pathways feed one another, in a childhood brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG) [...]

August 17 2020

The COVID-19 Heroes You Haven't Met Yet: Behind the Scenes of a Pandemic

When people think about forensic pathology, images of crime shows where an investigator sets out to determine a murder victim’s cause of death often come to mind. However, it’s important to acknowledge the crucial role this field actually plays in our collective response to death, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unravel...

August 13 2020

Vincent Laufer, MD, PhD, Receives Outstanding Student in Pathology Award

Dr. Vincent Laufer was recently awarded the 2020 William Boyd Medal for the Outstanding Student in Pathology. The award is given to a medical student who demonstrates outstanding expertise in all aspects of their pathology education [...]

July 24 2020

Dr. Celina Kleer: Physician Scientist, Dedicated Mentor, ASIP Outstanding Investigator Awardee

Dr. Celina Kleer named 2019 AACR Outstanding Investigator in Breast Cancer Research

July 20 2020

Dr. Udager Appears on '3Ps of Cancer' Podcast

Dr. Aaron Udager recently appeared on Michigan Medicine's 3P's of Cancer: Prevention, Preparedness, Progress podcast

July 14 2020
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Introducing the Resident Class of 2024

Pathology Welcomes 8 New Residents

July 13 2020

Research Surrounding H3K27M-mutant diffuse midline glioma in COVID-19 Published

New research related to H3K27M-mutant diffuse midline glioma with extensive intratumoral microthrombi in young adults with COVID-19 from the Department of Pathology was just published in Acta Neurologica. [...]

July 7 2020
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Liron Pantanowitz, MBBCh named new Director of Anatomic Pathology

Please welcome Dr. Pantanowitz to the Department.

July 6 2020

Five New Fellowship Directors Named

The Department of Pathology has a long history of exceptional fellowship directors and this tradition continues as we welcome five new Fellowship Directors for this academic year.

July 1 2020

Research Surrounding miR-181a Published

Research from Dr. Analisa Difeo was just published in Nature Communications. The study focuses on miR-181a and how it initiates and perpetuates oncogenic transformation through the regulation of innate immune signaling [...]

June 25 2020

Department Hosts Equality Walk to Celebrate Juneteenth

On Friday, June 19, the Department of Pathology hosted an Equality Walk at NCRC `in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Here, members from all areas of the department gathered to show their support against racial discrimination and for the Black Lives Matter movement.

June 22 2020
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Congratulations to Our Class of 2019-2020: Residents

Graduating Class of Residents.

June 19 2020
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Congratulations to Our Class of 2019-2020: Fellows and Clinical Lecturers

Graduating Class of Fellows and Clinical Lecturers.

June 19 2020

Forensic Research Regarding COVID-19 Published

The publication takes an in-depth examination of diffuse alveolar damage (DAD) caused by COVID-19 and how it is morphologically indistinguishable from other causes of DAD.

June 18 2020

Frontline Workers in the Backrooms of COVID-19: Caring for the Living and the Dead

Dr. Jeffrey Myers discusses the importance of frontline workers and their caring of patients - alive or deceased - during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 18 2020

Research Regarding Microcystic Adnexal Carcinomas Published

The research was just published in Modern Pathology and highlights the importance of next-generation sequencing within oncogenic roles for P53 and JAK/STAT signaling in microcystic adnexal carcinomas.

June 11 2020
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Thomas Annesley, PhD, receives award from the IFCC

Congratulations to Thomas Annesley, PhD, on winning the 2020 IFCC Award for Distinguished Contributions in Education.

June 11 2020
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Q&A with Peter Ouillette, Digital Pathology Operations Manager

Peter Ouillette, MT (ASCP) shares his experience working as the Department's Digital Pathology Operations Manager.

June 8 2020

U-M Researchers Home in on Key Player in Pancreatic Cancer Development

The protein Argonaute 2 was found to be critical to the progression from benign lesions into pancreatic cancer, suggesting a therapeutic opportunity.

June 4 2020

Research Regarding Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma Published

The research, which focuses on invasive squamous cell carcinomas and the precursor lesions that demonstrate concordic genomic complexity in driver genes, was just published in Modern Pathology.

May 29 2020

COVID-19 IgG Serology Testing Now Available At Michigan Medicine

Serology testing for SARS-CoV-2 is now available for ordering on appropriate patients at Michigan Medicine. A separate process for testing and screening of health care workers and Michigan Medicine affiliates will be communicated in the coming weeks.

The serology test detects specific antibodies generated as part of the immune response to SARS-COV-2 infection. Our current test methods detect  [...]

May 29 2020

Research about Renal Cell Carcinoma in Young Adults Published

The research was just published in Histopathology and features prominent contributions from our faculty.

May 22 2020

Project by Multimedia Designer, Camren Clouthier, Nominated for Emmy

Selections will be chosen in a virtual ceremony on June 20.

May 21 2020

2019 Annual Report Now Available

The Department of Pathology 2019 Annual Report is now available online. Our department continues to show outstanding performance and growth and the past year was another example of why our department is one of the best in the world.

In the report, you will read about [...]

May 19 2020

Dr. Farkash Featured on 'PathPod' Podcast

Dr. Farkash recently sat down with the podcast team to discuss renal pathology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 15 2020

New Research Published in Modern Pathology

The study pertains to the molecular characterization of uterine and ovarian tumors and their relationships to epithelial and germ cell features by somatic derivation.

May 13 2020

New Research Published in Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease

The study sheds light on alternative methods used for measuring size and depth of vulvar squamous cell carcinoma.

May 7 2020