Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology




Sidney P. Colowick Awards



"Outstanding Graduate Student Research"

Left:  Brian Grieb, Chris Eischen Lab

Right:  Chase Spurlock, Thomas Aune Lab





"Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Research"

Catherine Wakefield, Eric Skaar lab




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.



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