Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

The ACGME-approved MGP Fellowship Program at The University of New Mexico/TriCore Reference Laboratories provides comprehensive training in all areas of molecular pathology including molecular oncology, HLA high-resolution typing, hereditary genetic testing, molecular virology/microbiology, and cytogenetics/FISH.

In addition, training in medical genetics and genetic counseling is provided in pediatric dysmorphology clinic and adult cancer genetics at The University of New Mexico Cancer Center. Our fellows are offered prestigious positions in academic and community practices after completion of their fellowship.

The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, NM. This metropolitan area boasts a low cost of living; a mild, sunny climate; beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande; and easy access to outdoor activities of all kinds.

- Mohammad Vasef, MD
Director, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program

Length of Program

12 months; July 1st through June 30th

Requirements

MD plus residency training in pathology or medical genetics in an ACGME accredited program.

Facilities

The molecular tests are mainly performed at TriCore Reference Laboratories and include over 70, 000 molecular diagnostic tests, over 3,000 molecular oncology, and over 5,500 cytogenetics/FISH assays. A range of technologies is employed that include Next Generation Sequencing RT-PCR, qualitative PCR, allelic discrimination PCR, quantitative real-time PCR, Sanger sequencing, high resolution melting curve analysis, restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis, DNA methylation assays, fluorescent and chromogenic in situ hybridization, and capillary electrophoresis.

Teaching Faculty

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Mohammad Vasef, MD
Dr. Vasef received his MD from the University of Tehran, and completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University. After a fellowship in hematopathology at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA, he joined the faculty of the University of Iowa, where he was co-director of the molecular pathology laboratory. At UNM he is currently Professor of Pathology and Director of the Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship program. Dr. Vasef has published widely on the application of molecular techniques in diagnostic hematopathology. He is the lead author of the textbook Molecular Oncology in the Diagnostic Pathology Series of Amirsys/Elsevier.

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Bonnie Carmichael, MD
Dr. Carmichael works at Pathology Associates of Albuquerque. Her interests include Surgical Pathology; Molecular Pathology; Cytopathology, and Clinical Pathology.

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Devon Chabot-Richards, MD
Dr. Chabot-Richards graduated cum laude from UNM, where she also received her MD degree and completed anatomic and clinical pathology residency and fellowships in hematopathology and molecular genetic pathology. She is currently Medical Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and Associate Director of the Transplant and Histocompatibility Laboratory at TriCore. Dr. Chabot-Richards, an enthusiastic teacher of residents and fellows, is Associate Director of the Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship program. She has received multiple teaching awards, and has served on committees devoted to furthering resident and fellow education for the Association for Molecular Pathology and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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Karissa Culbreath, PhD, D(ABMM)
Dr. Culbreath is an Associate Professor and Scientific Director, Infectious Disease, Research and Development at TriCore Reference Laboratories. Her interests include Medical microbiology and immunity, infectious diseases(research and diagnostics), and infectious diseases diagnostics capacity development in international and domestic resource-limited settings.

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David Czuchlewski, MD, MEd
Dr. Czuchlewski, Director of the Hematopathology Fellowship Program, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and received his MD degree from the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He completed residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, followed by fellowships in hematopathology and molecular genetic pathology at UNM. He currently directs the Hematopathology Division and serves as Medical Director of the Genetics and Cytometry Laboratories at TriCore.

Dr. Czuchlewski has twice been awarded the UNM School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award for residency/fellowship education, and recently received his Master of Education in the Health Professions degree from Johns Hopkins University. He has served on education committees for the College of American Pathologists, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the Society for Hematopathology. Dr. Czuchlewski also co-directs the medical student Hematology course at the UNM School of Medicine.

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Rama Gullpalli, MD, PhD
Dr. Gullapalli is Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Medical Director of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Gullapalli is a physician-scientist in the departments of Pathology, Chemical and Biological Engineering at UNM. Dr. Gullapalli's research interests include Hepatobiliary cancer biology, circulating biomarkers in cancer, clinical molecular diagnostics and clinical/translational bioinformatics.

Dr. Gullapalli has over 15 years of experience in clinical and research bioinformatics and serves as the Medical Director of Biomedical Informatics in the department of Pathology here at UNM. Dr. Gullapalli did his medical schooling from the Armed Forces Medical College in India. Dr. Gullapalli completed a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD degree in Bioengineering from Penn State University. He then completed his clinical pathology residency and molecular genetic pathology fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Gullapalli is interested in translational research and seeks to enable research projects for interested clinical fellows.

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Richard C. Harvey, PhD
Dr. Harvey is a Research Professor in the Department of Pathology. His interests include Leukemia and Lymphoma, molecular markers of disease, and gene expression signatures in cancer.

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Barbara J. Masten, PhD
Dr. Masten is a Professor, Clinician Educator and Scientific Director of Histocompatibility, TriCore Reference Laboratories. Her current interests include Transplantation Immunology with an emphasis on solid organ and hematopoietic stem cells, Medical Laboratory Sciences education, and Immunology with an emphasis on dendritic cells.

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Stephen A. Young, PhD
Dr. Young is currently Director of Research and Clinical Trials, TriCore Reference Laboratories.

Current Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellows

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Adel Abdallah, MD
Degree: MBBS from College of Medicine – University of Jordan
AP/CP Residency: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

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Brittany Coffman, MD
MD from The University of New Mexico, School of Medicine
AP/CP Residency: The University of New Mexico, Department of Pathology

Fellowship Alumni & Their Current Positions

Year Fellow Position after training
2018 Joanna Conant, MD Assistant Professor, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT
2018 Andrew Judd, MD Hematopathology Fellow, The University of New Mexico, Department of Pathology, Albuquerque, NM
2017 Jie Yan, MD Pathologist, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
2017 Joshua Routh, MD Pathologist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Phoenix, AZ
2016 Cory Broehm, MD Assistant Professor, The University of New Mexico, Department of Pathology, Albuquerque, NM
2016 Albert Huho, MD Staff Pathologist, The Medical Foundation, South Bend, IN
2015 Adriana Maria Sanchez, MD 2016-17 Cytopathology Fellow, The University of New Mexico, Department of Pathology, Albuquerque, NM
2014 Eric Loo, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, University of Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
2014 Parisa Khalili, MD Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas Children's Hospital, Department of Molecular Diagnostics, Little Rock, AR
2013 Amer Mahmoud, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology Associates of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2012 Devon Chabot-Richards, MD Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Department of Pathology, Albuquerque, NM
2011 Giovanni Insuasti-Beltran, MD Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas Department of Hematopathology and Molecular Diagnostics, Little Rock, AR
2011 Stella Wenceslao, MD Pathologist, PBM Med Fusion Laboratories, Lewisville, TX
2010 Carmen Kletecka, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
2009 Haleh Farzanmehr, MD Pathologist, Genex Laboratory Professional Corporation, Irvine, California
2009 Kristin Karner (Hunt), MD Pathologist, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
2008 David Czuchlewski, MD Associate Professor, University of New Mexico, Department of Pathology, Albuquerque, NM

Recently Published Books

Applications

CAP application, CV, personal statement, and 3 letters of reference to be received no later than October 1 of each year for positions commencing July 1 two years later. Interviews will be conducted in January.

Application Deadline:

October 1st

Visas Accepted:

J1

Contact Information:

Karen Miller Leming
HP and MGP Fellowships
Phone: 505-938-8456
Fax: 505-938-8414
millerb@salud.unm.edu

Address:

1001 Woodward Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102