Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology




Congratulations to our 2014 Graduating Residents!


Daniel N. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.

Dermatopathology Fellow, 2014
The Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota


Jessica L. Hata, M.D.

Pediatric Pathology Fellow, 2014
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital


Daniel J. Long, M.D.

Surgical Pathology Fellow, 2014
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Colt M. McClain, M.D.

Dermatopathology Fellow, 2014
Baylor College of Medicine


Megan C. Smith, M.D.

Surgical Pathology Fellow, 2014
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Allison M. Wasserman, M.D.

Surgical Pathology Fellow, 2014
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


aNew Faculty member Shanna Arnold receives VA Career Development Award

Shanna A. Arnold, PhD, MSCI, who  joined the PMI faculty on May 1 as Instructor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology in the Division of Investigative Pathology, has received a five-year, $900,000 Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs for her study entitled "ALCAM as a Biomarker of Treatment Response and Progression in Urogenital Cancers."  Dr. Arnold completed post-doctoral training in the laboratory of PMI faculty member Andries Zijlstra, PhD prior to her faculty appointment. She has also been appointed as a Research Scientist at the VA.


gBruce Greig, MT (ASCP) QCYM recently had an article published in "Cytometry, Part B, Clinical Cytometry".  Jamie Lea, lead Fow cytometry tech in his lab, collaborated on this effort.  The article describes their use of RPMI transport media to stabilize CSF specimens for flow Cytometry testing for lymphoma and leukemia.  Before now the successful testing of these very low cellularity specimens was under 30%.   With the addition of RPMI that rate rose to 93%.   Congratulations for both the publication and your success!

(citation:  Greig B, Stetler-Stevenson M, Lea J.. "Stabilization media increases recovery in paucicellular cerebrospinal fluid specimens submitted for flow cytometry testing". Cytometry Part B2014; 86B: 135–138.)    Link to publication:  Cytometry B Clin Cytom.


bErin Breland, Graduate student in the Hadjifrangiskou lab received one of the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for her proposal entitled: "Discerning how the QseBC two-component system influences Escherichia coli adherence”.   Congratulations to Erin!




aBeom Jin Lim, M.D., Visiting Scholar in Agnes Fogo's Lab, won the Renal Pathology Society Pathologists in Training Best Abstracts Award at the recent USCAP meeting for his oral presentation titled:  "Tubulointerstitial injury sensitizes to glomerular injury"

The authors  are: Beom Jin Lim, Ming-Zhi Zhang, Raymond C. Harris, Haichun Yang, and Agnes B. Fogo.

The RPS gives 3 awards for the best abstracts from pathologists in training, chosen from those nominated from all abstracts presented at the ASN and USCAP meetings. The awards are then presented yearly at the USCAP  meeting, with a certificate and check.  Congratulations to Beom!


mInvestigator seeks to debug cancer's "bad software"

Oliver McDonald, Assistant Professor - Excited by the new field of epigenetics — how gene expression can be changed without altering the underlying DNA sequence.  
Dr. McDonald received a five-year $600,000 "Pathway to Leadership Grant" in 2012 from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the American Association for Cancer Research to support his work.   The Reporter, Jan 9, 2014.   Read more…


aOur VPRAD Graduates
January, 2014 Class

Ellen Donnert   Laura Reinert    Jim Revett  ♦  Karen Williams   Joannes Yuh

KUDOS on your hard work!

Other employees who have graduated previously from VPRAD include Karin Sack, Charles Paschetag and Nichole Lobdell.




Congratulations to Alexia (Melo) Carrillo, graduate student in Chris Eischen's lab for the acceptance of her publication:  Alexia M. Carrillo, Alyssa Bouska, Maria P. Arrate, and Christine M. Eischen. Mdmx promotes genomic instability independent of p53 and Mdm2. Oncogene.





zijlstraAndries Zijlstra newscast on FOX 17 Groundbreaking research right here in Nashville may help doctors predict when cancer is about to spread. Vanderbilt scientist, Andries Zijlstra, has teamed up with doctors in Canada to make what could be a life-saving discovery. 
View story and video



Four PMI Faculty Elected AAAS Fellows

kkChristopher Aiken, Ph.D.; Paul Bock, Ph.D.; Timothy Cover, M.D.; Samuel Santoro, M.D., Ph.D

Four PMI faculty members were among the 18 Vanderbilt University faculty members recently elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."  


ribbonMini-Sabbatical Fellowships Awardees:
Program in Microbial Pathogenesis

Kirsten Guckes, graduate student, Maria Hadjifrangiskou Lab, PMI.  Collaborating with Thomas Stricker Lab, PMI.
Lisa Lojek, graduate student, Eric Skaar Lab, PMI.  Collaborating with Borden Lacy Lab, PMI.
Kalpana Manthiram, M.D., Fellow, Kathy Edwards Lab, Pediatrics.  Collaborating with Kelli Boyd Lab, PMI.
Paula Zamora, graduate student, Terence Dermody Lab,    Pediatrics/PMI. Collaborating with Richard Caprioli Lab, Biochemistry. 

Many Congratulations!  



Sidney P. Colowick Awards

"Outstanding Graduate Student Research"geng, erickson, hammer

♦  Yipeng Geng, David Gailani Lab
♦  John Erickson, John V. Williams Lab

"Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Research"

♦  Neal Hammer, Eric Skaar Lab


Borden LacyD. Borden Lacy, Ph.D.
Research Achievement Award

Dr. Lacy, associate professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biochemistry, will receive the 2014 Margaret Etter Award from the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) for outstanding achievement and exceptional potential in crystallographic research demonstrated by a scientist at an early stage of their independent career. Link to The Reporter article.


2013 VICB Excellence in Chemical Biology Awards:

Laura A. Mike, "A Small Molecule that Stimulates Endogenous Heme Biosynthesis is Toxic to Fermenting Staphylococcus aureus". Oral Presentation, Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Student Research Symposium.

Kyle A. Floyd, "Proteomic Analysis of Biofilm Development by Uropathogenic Bacteria: Location, Location, Location". Poster Presentation Award, Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Student Research Symposium.      

Carrie L. Shaffer, "Synthetic Small Molecules Diminish the Oncogenic Potential of Helicobacter pylori by Inhibiting Type IV Secretion". Oral Presentation Award, Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Student Research Symposium

(posted 9-4-13)


Announcing:  New Director, Division of Host-Pathogen Interactions

Eric P. Skaar, Ph.D., M.P.H. has been appointed as the new Director of the Division of Host-Program Interactions.  Dr. Skaar has demonstrated outstanding leadership capabilities as the founding leader of the Program in Microbial Pathogenesis, and he will work to fulfill the potential inherent in the broad areas of microbiology and immunology at Vanderbilt.


Congratulations to our 2013 Graduating Residents!

Frances Cate, M.D.
Cytopathology Fellow, 2013
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Julie Dueber, M.D.
Surgical Pathology Fellow, 2013
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Heath Jones, M.D.
Surgical Pathology Fellow, 2013
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Adam Meyer, M.D.

Elizabeth Rinker, M.D.
Hematopathology Fellow, 2013
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Catherine Smith, M.D.
Surgical Pathology Fellow, 2013
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Congratulatons to our 2013 Graduating Fellows!

Shahrazad Saab, M.D.
Pediatric Pathology Fellow
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Samuel James, M.D.
Pathology Faculty
Meharry Medical College

Christopher Simons, M.D.
Dermatopathology Fellowship
University of Washington Medical Center

Sarah Burton Kallas, M.D.
Cytopathology Fellowship
MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Raul Gonzalez, M.D.
Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Megan Smith, M.D.
PGY4 AP/CP Resident
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Romualdo Talento, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Assistant Professor
East Carolina University/Brody School of Medicine

Mark Lusco, M.D.
Stony Brook University Medical Center

Michael Gilger, M.D.
Staff Pathologist
Centennial Pathologists & Colorado GI Pathology 

Delecia LaFrance, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina School of Medicine 

Jessica Colon-Franco, Ph.D.

Maria Alfaro, Ph.D.
Molecular Genetics Scientific Director
Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Jason Tedesco, M.D.
Staff Pathologist
SaraPath Diagnostics

Henry "Bo" Edwards, M.D.
Pathology Faculty
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


 2013 Ernest W. Goodpasture Research Award

The Reporter, May 23, 2013

Ernest W. Goodpasture Award for Groundbreaking Research that Addresses the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease or Important Biological Problems in Immunity — presented to Christopher R. Aiken, Ph.D., professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.  Complete article