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Pathology Mentoring Team Meeting

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Pathology Library - 5th Floor MS I

The Pathology Mentoring team is open to all administrative personnel who are interested in personal and professional development.  Our monthly meetings provide communication, education and support to administrative personnel throughout our Department.  Please consider attending the next Mentoring Team Meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in the Pathology Library.  We will feature Colleen Greene, the M-Healthy Wellness Coordinator who will talk about some of the exciting programs the University offers to stay fit and healthy.  Bring your lunch and join us!  If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Mary Greene, or Pam Warwashana,


Lauren Smith has been named Chair of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) Bioethics Committee. 

The UMHS Excellence in Leadership Award in Fostering Staff Learning, which is part of the annual MLearning Catalyst Awards was  presented in March, 2014 to Christine Rigney for her dedication, leadership, exemplary professionalism and constant support for her staff and their learning.  Congratulations.

Congratulations to both Michelle Reed from the Lukacs Lab and Bernadette Zwaans from the Lombard Lab

Both have been selected to recieve the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. This three term fellowship supports outstanding doctoral students who are working on dissertations that are unusually creative, ambitious and risk-taking.  

Both of you have done a great job!

Congratulations to Dr. Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson for his election into the American Association of University Pathologists (PLUTO SOCIETY). The PLUTO Society is an honor society recognizing investigative pathologists with significant contributions to the understanding of the pathologic basis of disease.

We are happy to welcome our New Pathology Residents for 2014. 


Laurence Briski                    University of Michigan

Sara Hawes                         Wright State University

Sameer Khatri                      University of Michigan

David Manthei                      University of Wisconsin

Jonathan Mowers                 University of Michigan

Sarah Rooney                      University of California, Irvine

Stephanie Skala                   Washington University, St. Louis

Grace Wang                         University of Toledo


This is another great group!

The laboratory of Dr. Celina Kleer, Harold A. Oberman Collegiate Professor, reported about a novel mechanism that regulates breast stem cells and that is crucial for the initiation and progression of triple negative breast carcinomas. The article entitled “EZH2 expands breast stem cells through activation of NOTCH1 signaling” appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS, on the February 25th, 2014 issue, and can be found at

Three Pathology Chair candidates recently presented their “Vision for Pathology”. Click below to view the video of their individual Chalk Talks.
Dr. Kojo Elenitoba-JohnsonPresented February 4, 2014
Henry Clay Bryant Professor of Pathology, Divisional Director of Translational Pathology and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, University of Michigan
Dr. Ann ThorPresented February 10, 2014
Edith B. Todd and James C. Todd, M.D. Chair and Professor of Pathology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Charles Parkos Presented February 12, 2014
Vice Chair and Director of Experimental Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine

Congratulations to Drs. Mark Kiel, Megan Lim and Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson for winning the first place award in the state-wide Michigan Collegiate Innovation Prize (MCIP) in the Healthcare Category. The team (GENOMENON) also won the BEST OVERALL PRIZE in all categories combined including entries in Advanced Materials, Energy, Mobile/Web and Healthcare (Please see announcement Here).  Click here to listen to Michigan Radio’s interview with Mark Kiel.

Dr. Yali Dou, Associate Professor of Pathology, is a senior author of the article “Targeting MLL1 H3K4 methyltransferase activity in MLL leukemia.” which was published in the online issue of Molecular Cell, Jan 3rd, 2014. Drs. Fang Cao, Elizabeth Townsend and Hacer Karatas are co-first authors. Other coauthors from the Department include Research Specialist Dr. Jing Xu and Shirley Lee, a graduate student. This work is highlighted by “Cancer Discover Research Watch” and by “SciBX”. The article can be found at