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Featured Article: Using Genetics to Personalize Cancer Treatments

Rajkovic, Aleksander

Center for Clinical Genetics and Genomics director, Dr. Aleksandar Rajkovic is featured in the article “Using Genetics to Personalize Cancer Treatments” for his research to individualize treatments based on a patient’s specific genetic makeup and change the way cancer treatment is delivered.

 

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Welcome

Hana Alharbi

Hana Alharbi, M.D., has been selected by Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC as a Fellow in the two-year Medical Genetics and Genomics training program.  Dr. Alharbi comes to us from New York Methodist Hospital where she completed a three-year pediatric residency program.  We welcome Hana and look forward to working with her.

Special Recognitions

Dr. Ermal Aliu and Dr. Evgenia Sklirou

Congratulations to Dr. Ermal Aliu and Dr. Evgenia Sklirou who have completed their two-year training program in Medical Genetics.

Both Fellows will remain within the University of Pittsburgh Health System.  Dr. Sklirou has been accepted into the Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Dr. Aliu will also be transitioning to CHP in the Pediatric Medical Genetics Department as a research post-doctoral fellow.

We thank them for their hard work and untiring dedication.  We wish them much success in the future!

Congratulations!

Dr. Mahmoud Aarabi- poster awardCongratulations once again to Dr. Mahmoud Aarabi!  Dr. Aarabi’s poster entitled, “Intragenic ARHGEF9 Microdeletion in Xq11.1. is Associated with Autism and Global Development Delay in Females”, was selected as one of the Best Poster Presentations at the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association 2017 Postdoctoral Data & Dine Symposium.

In recognition of this achievement, Dr. Aarabi will be presented a $750 travel award to attend a scientific meeting or professional development conference.

Recent Award Recipients

Evgenio SklirouDr. Evgenia Skilirou, who will be completing her medical genetics fellowship at the end of June 2017, was selected as a recipient of 2017-2018 Clinical Genetics Fellowship in Biochemical Genetics from the Shire/ACMGF Next Generation Medical Genetics Training Awards Program. The ACGM Foundation announced the awards at the 2017 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on March 22, 2017. CONGRATULATIONS on being selected for the Clinical Genetics Fellowship in Biochemical Genetics!

Dr. Mahmoud Aarabi, Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and ABMGG Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellow-in-Training was awarded  a 2017 NIH Trainee Travel Award to attend the American Society of Andrology (ASA) 42nd Conference, April 22 – 25, 2017 at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, Florida.  Dr. Aarabi will present an abstract entitled, “Prenatal and Postnatal Genetic Diagnosis of 45X/46,XY Mosaicism and its Clinical Implications: A 20-Year Study”.  This abstract was written in collaboration with Urvashi Surti, Ph.D., Selma F. Witchel, M.D., Francis Schneck, M.D., Aleksandar Rajkovic, M.D., Ph.D. and Svetlana A. Yatsenko, M.D.  Congratulations!