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Department Hosts Annual Fall Picnic at Wiard's Orchard

On Sunday, October 10, the Department of Pathology hosted its annual Fall Picnic at Wiard's Orchard in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Members of the department ranging from faculty, to staff, to trainees, came out for a day of fun in the fall weather [...]

October 25 2021

The Link Between Dysplastic Squamous Cells and Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC)

Research pertaining to Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) and cutaneous neuroendocrine carcinomas was just published in the latest edition of Modern Pathology. Led by the team of Drs. Paul Harms, May Chan, Aaron Udager, Rajiv Patel, and more [...]

October 15 2021

In Memoriam: Martin Lawlor, October 17, 1964 - September 17, 2021

 

It is with incredible sadness that we report the death of  Pathology’s Chief Department Administrator, Martin “Marty” Lawlor.  Marty passed away at the age of 56 following a brief illness on Friday, September 17th, surrounded by his children, Maxwell, Sarah, and Brendan, his mother Sylvia Lawlor, and his partner Andrea Springsteen [...]

October 7 2021

Multi-Institutional Study Published on GI Adenomatoid Tumors

Research from experts in the Department of Pathology was published in Europe PMC's Histopathology. The team comprised of Drs. Jiaqi Shi, Laura Lamps and Erika Hissong examined the impact of adenomatoid tumors within the gastrointestinal tract [...]

October 6 2021

Resident Justin Kelley Selected for CAP Quality Practices Committee

Dr. Justin Kelley, a fourth-year resident at the Department of Pathology, was recently named to the College of American Pathology's Quality Practices Committee (QPC) and will be formally introduced for the 2022 academic year [...]

September 30 2021

Getting to Know You: Dr. Will Perry, Chief Resident

For the 2021-2022 academic year, Dr. Will Perry was selected to serve as the department's Chief Resident. “In the simplest terms, my main role is to ensure we have the best possible environment for residents to learn throughout their training. Another important responsibility is ensuring we have adequate resident coverage on many of our clinical services.”

September 28 2021

Dr. Peter A. Ward named “World Expert in Sepsis”

Dr. Peter Ward, Active Emeritus Professor and former Chair of Pathology, was named “World Expert in Sepsis” by Expertscape on World Sepsis Day, September 13, 2021. To be named a World Expert, one must be in the top 0.1% of scholars writing about Sepsis over the past ten years. Ward came in among the top .006% of scholars in the world and the number 1 scholar on sepsis at the University of Michigan [...]

September 21 2021
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Service with a Smile

The Pathology Desktop Support and Help Desk team provides everyone in Pathology with computing and printing hardware, network access, software portfolio, and support services. Without them, the department could not function [...]

September 17 2021

Blood Drives to be Held at Michigan Medicine in September

Michigan Medicine and the American Red Cross will be hosting blood drives on campus next month. To schedule an appointment, log onto RedCrossBlood.org (use sponsor code: goblue), call 1-800-RED-CROSS [...]

September 1 2021

Farewell, Dr. Theodore (Ted) Beals 1934-2021

The Department of Pathology offers its sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Theodore (Ted) Beals, who passed away on August 19, 2021, at the age of 87. Beals was a long-time member of the University of Michigan and the Department of Pathology.  He began his academic career as an undergraduate at U-M and went on to obtain a master’s degree from UM Rackham Graduate School in 1961 and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1966 [...]

August 26 2021

MCP Student Siva Kumar Natarajan Awarded Mistletoe Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Student Siva Kumar Natarajan on being awarded the Mistletoe Research Fellowship (MRF).  Established in 2018, the Momental Foundation awards 20 MRF positions to exceptional postdoctoral fellows and advanced PhD candidates from the United States, Japan, and Singapore.

August 25 2021

Dr. Chisa Yamada Recognized by AABB

Dr. Chisa Yamada was highlighted by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) in their August newsletter. Read more about Dr. Yamada's career within transfusion medicine, her interest in pediatrics, as well as her greatest personal triumphs [...]

August 24 2021

Schmidt Recognized as a true Champion

Congratulations to Dr. Carl Schmidt, Professor of Forensic Pathology and Wayne County Medical Examiner for being selected by Gift of Life Michigan to receive the prestigious 2021 Champion Award for promoting organ and tissue donation. Schmidt was one of 13 individuals recognized at the Champions Gala held at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter on August 13th.

August 23 2021

Department Opens Quiet Room at University Hospital

This week, the Department of Pathology proudly unveiled its newest workspace as part of the PRR initiative. This new space, located on the second floor of University Hospital, is a quiet room dedicated to wellness, rest and relaxation [...]

August 13 2021

TRIM63 - What is it? (Hint: Not a weight-loss product)

Dr. Xiao-Ming (Mindy) Wang and colleagues from the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology and Department of Pathology published a groundbreaking finding from an inter-institutional study regarding TRIM63 in Modern Pathology  [...]

August 9 2021

Dr. Jeffrey Myers - In the Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Myers, the A. James French Professor of Diagnostic Pathology, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality, and Director of Michigan Medicine Laboratories for his selection to The Power List – 2021 as an In the Spotlight Award winner [...]

August 6 2021

2020 Annual Report Now Available

The Department of Pathology's 2020 Annual Report is now available online. In the report, you will read about the department’s tripartite mission of research, education, and patient care, and learn about the goals of the department’s Strategic Council [...]

August 3 2021

Researchers Uncover Way to Harness the Power of Immunotherapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Findings offer clues to why some types of renal cell carcinoma respond to immunotherapy while others do not — it’s a scientific riddle tangled up in a complex web. How do you turn an immune cold cancer into one that responds to immunotherapy?

August 3 2021

Exciting New Residency Program Leadership Team Announced

The Department of Pathology is pleased to announce its new Pathology Residency Training Program Leadership Team! Dr. Shih Hon (Sean) Li, will transition from Associate Residency Program Director to Residency Program Director, replacing Dr. Kristine Konopka, on August 1, 2021. Supporting him are Dr. David Manthei, who will serve as the Associate Residency Program Director for Clinical Pathology, and Dr. Sara Abbott [...]

August 2 2021

¿Cómo se dice ... ?

Spanish is the second most frequently spoken language in the United States and at the University of Michigan Medical School, medical students are learning how to speak medical Spanish as they prepare to interact with their patients of the future.  Whether the student is a beginner or fluent, they can participate in this program with the goal of being comfortable interacting with Spanish-speaking patients.

July 26 2021

Get to Know Pathology's Communications Team

Within the Department of Pathology, lives a Communications Team who handle all aspects of departmental promotion. Led by Lynn McCain, the team also features Brent Temple, Camren Clouthier and Carrie Walper on the MLabs side. Learn more about this group of creative-minded individuals and how they help to put the Department on the map.

July 20 2021

"Tear Down This Wall!": PRR Moving Into Its Next Phase at UH

For the last 18 months, faculty and staff have had to endure the renovation being done in the hallways of the University Hospital, which caused significantly longer routes to deliver specimens, social separation from teammates, and the usual challenges associated with construction. However, on July 7, 2021, the walls came down and completed another milestone.

July 19 2021

Researchers Develop First Inhibitors Against Key Epigenetic Complex Involved in Cancer

Activity of the polycomb repressive complex 1 is essential for the development and maintenance of leukemic cells; disrupting it presents a new potential therapeutic approach. Leukemia stem cells are rare cells that can renew themselves while continuing to generate malignant cells known as leukemic blasts. These cells are difficult to eradicate using chemotherapy drugs and frequently lead to recurrence of leukemia [...]

June 21 2021

Analysis Reveals How Kidney Cancer Develops and Responds to Treatment

Not all kidney cancers behave the same, with wildly different responses to immunotherapy or other treatments – and wildly different outcomes for patients as a result. By sequencing the RNA of individual cells within multiple benign and cancerous kidney tumors, researchers from the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center have identified the cells [...]

June 10 2021

Research Published in Urologic Oncology's ScienceDirect

Research by Drs. Alexander Taylor and Stephanie Skala seek to understand why tumors masquerade as forms of type-2 papillary of renal cell carcinoma. The study was just published in Urologic Oncology's ScienceDirect [...]

June 10 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research Published in Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Research from the Department of Pathology was just published in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Learn more about this publication, which highlights GI samples from COVID-19 patients, led by Dr. Maria Westerhoff [...]

May 18 2021

Researchers Develop First-in-Class Inhibitors Against Key Leukemia Protein

A research effort by Drs. Jolanta Grembecka and Tomasz Cierpicki was just published in Nature Communications. Learn more about the protein made by the ASH1L gene, which plays a key role in the development of acute leukemia, along with other diseases [...]

May 17 2021

Study Suggests Path to Blocking Common Genetic Driver of Lung Cancer

Stopping the interaction between KRAS and the protein AGO2 slowed tumor growth in mouse models.

May 12 2021

Research from Lombard Lab Published in Journal of Clinical Investigation

Research from the Department's Lombard Lab was just published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The study, which focuses on how the deacylase SIRT5 compound supports melanoma viability by influencing chromatin dynamics, was led by Dr. Lombard [...]

May 12 2021

Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, Recognized for Outstanding Research

Congratulations to Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, who was announced as the Science of Oncology Award and Lecture recipient by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). As part of this award, Chinnaiyan will present a 30-minute lecture entitled “Exploring Precision Oncology: from Gene Fusions to Related Genetic Drivers“ at the ASCO Annual Meeting, to be held virtually on June 4-8, 2021 [...]

May 7 2021

Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD, appointed as the inaugural Al and Robert Glick Family Research Professor in Pediatrics

We are pleased to announced that Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuropathology in the Department of Pathology with a joint appointment in Pediatrics, was appointed as the inaugural Al and Robert Glick Family Research Professor in Pediatrics, April 1, 2021. “Sriram has proven to be an exceptionally talented scientist, clinician, and colleague since joining us in 2014,” stated Dr. Charles Parkos, Chair of Pathology. “This is a well-deserved honor.” Please join us in congratulating him [...].

April 30 2021

Fond Farewell as Pam Howard Retires

In 2009, a shy, but extremely talented employee arrived in the Education Office of the Department of Pathology. “From the beginning, we knew we’d work well together and since then, our team has become like family,” stated Marie Goldner about Pam Howard, the Residency Program Administrator. This week, the Education office bids Pam a fond farewell as she retires. “If I had to choose what I appreciate the most about Pam, it is her incredible commitment to her work. That is not something that can be easily taught. I think it is a characteristic inherent in who she is,” continued Goldner [...]

April 28 2021

Passing the Test: Pathology Department Teams Help Carry Michigan Medicine Through Pandemic

The department has navigated an unprecedented workload over the past year and continues to increase. Hear from experts Christine Kizer, Dr. Michael Bachman, Jennifer Bergendahl, and more, as they discuss how efforts have helped Michigan Medicine stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic [...]

April 20 2021

Research by Dr. Cho Published in AACR's "Cancer Research"

A new publication from the Department of Pathology, led by Dr. Kathleen Cho, was just published in the American Association for Cancer Research's flagship journal. highlights how altering the microbiome within a mouse model of oviductal high-grade serious carcinoma can inhibit tumorigeneis [...]

April 19 2021

Save Lives - Give Blood April 27-30,2021

As a member of Michigan Medicine, you have an opportunity to save lives by donating blood!

Three days of blood drives will be held on the medical campus:

  • 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, Towsley Dining Room 
  • 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, Towsley Dining Room
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 30, Med Sci II, Classroom 3813/17
April 19 2021

Henry Appelman, MD Featured in The Pathologist

Dr. Henry Appelman, the M.R. Abell Professor of Surgical Pathology, Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathology, was recently featured in an interview by Dr. Ivan Damjanov for The Pathologist [...]  

April 15 2021

Laura W. Lamps, MD, begins term as President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

Dr. Laura W. Lamps, the Godfrey Dorr Stobbe Professor and Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology and the director of the GI Pathology Fellowship Program, can now add President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) to her list of titles. Dr. Lamps assumed this leadership role on April 1, 2021 [...]

April 15 2021

Biomarker Could Help Identify Difficult-to-Diagnose Kidney Cancer Subtype

MiTF renal cell carcinoma can masquerade as other subtypes and may not respond as well to front-line therapies.

April 14 2021

Announcing the 2021 Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!

This year's Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) kicks off from April 18 until April 24, 2021. The department plans to celebrate with virtual events and activities for all those within the department! When did it start, and how can you be a part of it?  Continue to the article for more information [...]

April 8 2021

Two Proteins Critical for Kidney Function

Research by Drs. Ann Laszczyk and the Department of Pathology's Dr. Gregory Dressler was just published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The study focuses on PAX2 proteins and their effects on kidney function and development.

March 24 2021

Department of Pathology Shines at 2021 Virtual USCAP Meeting

The Department of Pathology was well represented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), held March 13-18, 2021. This year's event was reconstructed into a fully virtual format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with participants able to tune in and contribute from all over the world. Several of our faculty and trainees were featured at this year's conference. Let's take a moment to recap some key highlights from #USCAP2021.

March 24 2021

Remember Pathology on Giving Blueday!

Giving Blueday, the University of Michigan’s 24-hour celebration of giving, has moved to the spring this year. On March 10, the university will encourage donors around the world to give to the programs and causes they care most about at U-M. Donors can visit the Giving Blueday website to find causes and make donations, view real-time progress, read about the impact of Giving Blueday, and more.   

We encourage you to consider a gift to Pathology on Giving Blueday! [...]

March 8 2021

March Blood Drives

Did you miss your chance to give blood during the UM/MSU Blood Battle?  We have you covered!  There are three more opportunities to donate blood and support patients in need in the month of March [...]

March 1 2021

Detroit's Daily Docket Returns for Season 2

Detroit's Daily Docket (D3), a podcast produced by Michigan Medicine forensic pathologists at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office (WCMEO), launched its initial season in 2020. This successful podcast series is now gearing up to launch Season 2 on February 26, 2021.

February 25 2021

Linda O'Brien retires after 30 years!

The Department of Pathology bids a fond farewell to administrative assistant Ms. Linda O’Brien, who is set to retire from the Department at the end of February. Linda leaves the department with over 30 years of service, primarily working with the GI pathology faculty [...]

February 24 2021

Stressed Cellular Protein HOPS Into Action

Research team discovered that proteins with the capacity to multimerize quickly responded to osmotic changes (dehydration) caused by high saline or sugar concentrations, condensing into aggregates resembling processing bodies (P-bodies). The reaction, known as hyperosmotic phase separation, or HOPS, takes only a few seconds and is reversible within less than 2 minutes [...]

February 16 2021

UM vs MSU Winter Blood Battle!

The Annual Winter Blood Battle has begun! This year our opponent is Michigan State University.  Our goal:  To collect more pints of blood donated between February 10 and February 28, 2021 than MSU.  All blood donors who register to donate as part of our U-M BB Team, will receive a Blood Battle T-shirt, a coupon for Washtenaw Dairy (while supplies last) and be entered into a raffle for gift cards to local business along with other great prizes.  This is a win-win for you and the patients who receive your donated blood products.  Let's make this a win-win-win as we beat MSU!

February 16 2021

Role of BATF in the Development of Innate Lymphoid Cells Elucidated

A series of sophisticated processes are required in the development of innate lymphoid cells (ILC) for them to reach maturity. The Kim laboratory discovered that basic leucine zipper ATF-like transcription factor (Batf) regulates the production of ILC progenitors in the bone marrow as well as the maintenance of ILCs in the periphery. These cells are strategically distributed in peripheral tissues to provide important innate immunity to fight pathogens such as pathogenic viruses and bacteria.

February 10 2021

Prognostic Subgroups of Merkel Cell Carcinoma Defined

A collaboration between the Department of Pathology and the Department of Dermatology examined biomarkers of outcomes in 346 cases of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), an aggressive type of skin cancer. The study was published in the recent edition of Clinical Cancer Research [...]

February 9 2021

Honoring Bill LeBar as he Retires from Clinical Microbiology

Thursday, January 28th, was a bittersweet day for the Department of Pathology. Bill LeBar, Administrative Manager of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, retired after more than 12 years of service. A virtual retirement ceremony was held in his honor, with more than 50 faculty, staff, and family members attending [...]

February 5 2021