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Researchers find common immune system mechanism between pregnancy, cancer

July 8, 2024 / Faculty

To understand why some cancers successfully circumvent the immune system to grow unchecked, researchers turned to pregnancy.

Weiping Zou sq 500.png“In pregnancy, the immune system does not reject the growing fetus, so we know there must be mechanisms active in the placenta. In cancer, it’s the same thing: the growing tumor is not rejected by the immune system. It means the cancer cells have developed strategies to suppress immune rejection, same as in pregnancy,” said Weiping Zou, M.D., Ph.D., professor of experimental pathology.

It’s a good thing in pregnancy – it allows the baby to grow. But in cancer, it means the tumor grows unchecked and treatments meant to stimulate an immune response are not effective.

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Dr. Analisa DiFeo named 2024 Rogel Scholar

July 3, 2024 / Cancer Research

Department of Pathology faculty member, Analisa DiFeo, PhD, has been named a 2024 Rogel Scholar by Michigan Medicine. The award supports exceptional faculty dedicated to achieving impact on cancer prevention, patient outcomes, and quality of life. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Analisa DiFeo on this prestigious award!

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Gabbi Rozumek

July 2, 2024 / Phd Program

A Story of Recognized Achievement and Advocacy

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Introducing Carlton Mamo

June 24, 2024 / Education

Administrative Intern from the U-M School of Public Health

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Phlebotomy Takes Flight

June 21, 2024 / Phlebotomy

Team Enhancing Care Daily at U-M Health.

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Engineering Hope

June 18, 2024 / Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Matthew Iyer's Transformation from Programmer to Pioneering Cancer Researcher

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The Certification Advantage

June 17, 2024 / Allied Health

A Closer Look at Histotechs in the Diagnostic Pathway

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AP-funded Grant Leads to Human Pathology Cover Story

June 11, 2024 / Publications

The Division of Anatomic Pathology in the Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology offers grant funding for faculty and trainees to pursue research interests related to anatomic pathology that may not otherwise be funded. One of these internal AP grant-funded projects, led by first-author Eman Abdulfatah, MD and senior-author Rohit Mehra, MD, resulted in a recent cover story in Human Pathology entitled “Extragonadal germ cell tumors: A clinicopathologic study with emphasis on molecular features, clinical outcomes and associated secondary malignancies.”


Congratulations, Class of 2024!

June 7, 2024 / Residents

"Congratulations to our graduating class! We look forward to following your successes as you navigate the dynamically changing field of pathology moving forward."

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Going the Extra 1,368 Miles

June 7, 2024 / Specimen Processing

Pathology Takes Extra Steps to Ensure Patient Care Excellence

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Pathology Informatics Summit

June 5, 2024 / Pathology Informatics

A Recap of the 2024 Meeting

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13th Annual Advances in Forensic Pathology

May 29, 2024 / Forensics

The 2024 Conference Recap

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Potions in Pathology

May 29, 2024 / Pathology Informatics

Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) is a volunteer organization and a division of the national Science Olympiad that coordinates a county-wide science competition amongst all elementary schools in Washtenaw County. Students choose their topic of interest in January and teams are formed with coaches (generally parent or teacher volunteers)...  “I was roped into coaching Potions because my middle child was interested in competing in Potions and there was no coach,” explained Eric Jedynak, from Pathology Informatics. “I figured that I had some basic chemistry and laboratory experience, however, both were a little rusty.”

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MCP Graduate Student Koral Campbell Named Rogel Graduate Student Scholar

May 28, 2024 / Phd Program

Congratulations to Koral Campbell, Molecular and Cellular Pathology graduate student on being awarded the Rogel Cancer Center’s TrEC Scholarships Graduate Student Scholarship 2024. Koral’s winning application on The Role of High Fat Diet in Clonal Hematopoiesis and Leukemogenesis earned her a $25,000 award to offset her tuition and fees for 2024. In addition, as a Rogel trainee, she will have priority access to training opportunities and additional scholarships.


Inspiring Future Young Healthcare Leaders

May 23, 2024 / Education

The third annual Youth Summit at the Big House took place on Saturday, May 18th where students from across southeast Detroit gathered together to learn about healthcare, pathology, and more. 

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In Memoriam: Hope Jones

May 21, 2024 / In Memoriam

The Department of Pathology is sad to report the passing of another of our teammates, Hope Jones.  Hope passed away in a car accident near her home on Sunday, May 12, 2024. A funeral memorial service will be Saturday, May 25, starting at 10:30am at Greater Love Tabernacle Church (17617 Plymouth Rd, Detroit, 48227).

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Large study identifies biomarkers for rare kidney tumors

May 15, 2024 / Proteomics

With 20 subtypes of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) listed by the World Health Organization in 2022, determining the specific type of RCC and the correct treatment protocol for patients can be daunting. Only seven of the 20 subtypes had been defined by specific molecular changes and the 20% of RCCs that are classified as non-clear cell RCCs (non-ccRCC), were primarily identified only by histopathologic features. The driving genetic changes had not been identified. A large multi-institutional team making up the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium, including several researchers from Michigan Medicine’s Department of Pathology, performed multi-omics data analysis on 48 non-ccRCC and 103 ccRCC tumors as well as 101 normal adjacent tissues to study the genetic aberrations found in these tumor types. The findings of this research were recently published in Cell Reports Medicine, with Pathology’s Drs. Alexey Nesvizhskii and Saravana Mohan Dhanasekaran as senior authors and Dr. Ginny Xiaohe Li as first author.

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Michael Pitter becomes Dr. Michael Pitter

May 14, 2024 / Phd Program

Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Student Michael Pitter successfully defended his PhD thesis on March 15, 2024, and officially became Michael Pitter, PhD, MS. Pitter completed his thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Weiping Zou, the Charles B. de Nancrede Professor, Professor of Pathology and Surgery. Pitter’s thesis, “The Role of Peptidyl Arginine Deiminases in Regulating Anti-tumor Responses in Immune Cells” reports on his research which demonstrated that PAD2 and PAD4 enzymatic activity supported tumor growth and when inhibited, may serve as a novel target in the treatment of cancer. He also discovered that PAD4 citrullinated STAT1, controlling STAT1 transcriptional activity, and consequently, MHC-II expression and function in macrophages. This work featured multiple novel findings in macrophage biology which may be exploited for the treatment of cancer and was published in Cell Reports.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Michael Pitter on the successful completion of his PhD!

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Development and Validation of an 18-Gene Urine Test for High-Grade Prostate Cancer

May 13, 2024 / Mctp

In a manuscript published this week in JAMA Oncology, senior author Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan and members of the EDRN-PCA3 Study Group reported on their development and validation of a new 18-gene urine-based test for diagnosis of high-grade prostate cancer, MPS2. This test was initially developed in the Department of Pathology. 


With $5M Grant, Rogel Team Will Conduct Preclinical Work to Develop Drugs Targeting Cancer Master Regulator

May 8, 2024 / Mctp

University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center researcher Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, has received a $5 million grant from the J.C. Kennedy Foundation to conduct laboratory tests of a potential drug candidate targeting a master regulator that controls the majority of genes involved in the most challenging type of prostate cancer. The SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex was previously found to facilitate access to enhancers that oncogenes can bind to, driving downstream gene expression in cancer. Degrading a subunit of this complex blocks the oncogenes [...]

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From the Xi'an to Ann Arbor

May 1, 2024 / Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Xiaobing Jin Shares His Story


12th Annual CP Symposium - Big Success!

April 25, 2024 / Events

The Clinical Pathology Symposium traveled to Danto Auditorium to showcase the Future of Pathology. 

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Another Step Toward Healthcare Equity: Dr. Jennifer Jones and Colleagues Participate in National Study

April 24, 2024 / Clinical Research

Healthcare disparities arise from multiple sources, some of which are cultural and rooted in historical biases. In health research, most study participants in the past have been of European descent. This delayed the identification of specific genetic differences that are found more frequently in non-Europeans, leading to misdiagnoses and inappropriate healthcare for those with these differences. One of these is the Duffy-null genotype leading to a Duffy-associated neutrophil count (DANC) that is lower than established reference ranges.


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Drs. Sarah Farran and Isabella Holmes selected as Assistant Chief Residents

April 23, 2024 / Residents

Congratulations to Drs. Sarah Farran and Isabella Holmes who will be joining the Chief Resident team this upcoming academic year. 

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Dr. Asma Nusrat Receives 2024 Rous-Whipple Award at ASIP Meeting

April 23, 2024 / Award

Dr. Asma Nusrat, F. Peyton Rous Professor and Director of Experimental Pathology, was awarded the 2024 Rous-Whipple award at the American Society for Investigative Pathology Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 20, 2024 in Baltimore, MD.

The ASIP Rous-Whipple Award is presented to a senior scientist with a distinguished career in research who has advanced the understanding of disease and has continued productivity at the time of the award, including impactful science [...]

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MCP Student Gabbi Rozumek awarded 2024 Phyllis M. Wise Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Service

April 12, 2024 / Phd Program

The MCP team is proud to share the news that MCP student Gabrielle "Gabbi" Rozumek is the recipient of the 2024 Phyllis M. Wise Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Service.

Gabbi is very passionate about and dedicated to serving her community. Since 2016, she has touched so many lives by serving in numerous and various capacities. A few of her efforts include:

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In Memoriam: Dena Ryan, May 16, 1977 – April 4, 2024

April 12, 2024 / In Memoriam

It is with profound sadness that we write about the unexpected passing of Dena Ryan, a member of our Pathology Informatics team who managed MediaLab for the Department of Pathology. Dena was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Lowell High School in Lowell, Michigan. Upon graduation, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Michigan Technological University in 1999, followed by a second bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences from Eastern Michigan University, before finding her way to Michigan Medicine’s Department of Pathology as a laboratory technician. She later transitioned to Pathology Informatics to support the MediaLab application as a business analyst.

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Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center Identified as an Elite Research Center

April 11, 2024 / Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from across Michigan Medicine are focused on cutting-edge research to understand and address food allergies as members of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center. Nicholas Lukacs, PhD, the Godfrey Dorr Stobbe Professor of Pathology and Scientific Director of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, and James R. Baker Jr., Ruth Dow Doan Professor of Biologic Nanotechnology and Director of the MHWFAC, were instrumental in founding the food allergy center in 2015 and in recruiting an exceptional team of researchers to the Center. One of their goals since the inception of the MHWFAC was to see it become recognized as one of the world’s elite research centers in its field. Recently, this goal was achieved when the National Institutes of Health awarded them one of just 10 seven-year CoFAR Cooperative Agreement Grants, recognizing the center’s exceptional ground-breaking research.

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Pushing the Boundaries

April 9, 2024 / Faculty

Dr. Rouba Ali-Fehmi Shares Her Global Passion

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Phlebotomist Jonathan Jennings recognized by patient for exceptional care

April 9, 2024 / Phlebotomy

When thinking of Pathology, many people think of tests being run in a laboratory located “somewhere” or of autopsies being performed in the morgue. It is considered a field with little direct contact with patients, and this may be true for much of the department, but not all. One area of the department that has a lot of patient contact is our phlebotomy services. Phlebotomists are the people who collect blood at your bedside in the hospital or as you sit in a chair at a blood-drawing station. This high-demand career field is staffed with people whose goal is to make sure you have the best experience possible while having your blood drawn for testing.

One of these people is Jonathan Jennings, a phlebotomist at the Briarwood Clinics in Ann Arbor. Jennings has worked in this role for the past ten years, but phlebotomy was not his initial career choice in life. He occupied his younger years as a truck driver, making daily runs delivering goods around the Midwest. Years of long hours of sitting and bumping along in a semi took its toll on his body and by 40 years of age, his back could no longer endure the punishment. He had a choice to make…go on disability or find a career where his back issues could be accommodated.

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Rita A. Avelar, PhD Receives Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award

April 9, 2024 / Phd Program

The American Association for Cancer Research recently released their 2024 Women in Cancer Research Scholar Awards and Rita A. Avelar, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the DiFeo Laboratory, was one of just twelve women scholars awarded. This award is presented to early-career, meritorious female scientists at the AACR Annual Meeting, which will be held April 5-10, 2024, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

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From Manual to Automated

March 21, 2024 / Staff

David Harro recalls 40 Years in Pathology

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Celina Kleer, MD Elected to the AAP

March 21, 2024 / Award

Congratulations to Celina Kleer, MD, the Harold A. Oberman Collegiate Professor of Pathology and Director of Breast Pathology Research, on her election to the prestigious Association of American Physicians (AAP). The AAP is an honorary society dedicated to the advancement of scientific and practical medicine and admits only 70 new members to its rank each year. Election is highly selective and as described on their website, is “an honor extended to physicians with outstanding credentials in basic or translational biomedical research.” Kleer will be formally inducted into the AAP at their Annual Meeting in Chicago next month.


Dr. Daniel Boyer named Hematopathology Section Director

March 20, 2024 / Hematopathology

Dr. Daniel Boyer was recently announced as the Hematopathology Section Director. The hematopathology section consists of eleven faculty members who provide expert subspecialty diagnostic services and care for a large population of Michigan Medicine and MLabs patients using a variety of technologies including morphology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, FISH, and molecular diagnostics. The service is anticipated to grow in volume and complexity as our integrated care network expands, and Dr. Boyer's leadership will be instrumental to our joint success.


Derek Dang becomes Dr. Derek Dang

March 20, 2024 / Phd Program

Molecular and Cellular Pathology graduate student, Derek Dang, successfully defended his thesis, “Beyond the Warburg Effect: A study of metabolic alterations in malignancies of the posterior fossa” on January 19, 2024, becoming Dr. Derek Dang. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Derek Dang on his achievements.

If you are interested in learning more about the MCP Graduate Program, click here or email Dr. Jeff Rual at


Apheresis Unit Receives OPE Award

March 19, 2024 / Apheresis

Our Apheresis Unit’s faculty and staff take excellent care of the patients who come through their doors. Their dedication and compassion were recently recognized by Michigan Medicine’s Office of Patient Experience as they were awarded as one of the top two sites for performance on the patient experience metric for the past two quarters. Keith Gran, Chief Patient Experience Officer, and Devin Uppert, OPE Administrative Director presented members of the Apheresis Team with their award on March 19, 2024.

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Emily Mitchell Takes an Alternative Path

March 19, 2024 / Staff

Giving Back During Spring Break 2024

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Match Day 2024! Welcome our new class of Residents

March 15, 2024 / Residents
Today is Match Day and we are excited to share our new Resident Class. The class of 2028 will be joining us this July to begin their residency training, where they will work alongside faculty and staff who will support them throughout their four years at the University of Michigan.  The Match process starts during a medical student's final year of medical school. These trainees interview with residency programs across the country and rank t
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Drs. Rouba Ali-Fehmi and Lee Schroeder win Global Health Equity Awards

March 6, 2024 / Award

The Center for Global Health Equity (CGHE) at the University of Michigan announced the winners of their CGHE Grant competition and two of Pathology’s faculty were among the four award recipients. Dr. Rouba Ali-Fehmi and team were awarded one of three CGHE Seed Grant Awards and Dr. Lee Schroeder and team received the year’s only Impact Accelerator Program Award.


Giving Blueday-March 13, 2024

March 4, 2024 / Training
This Giving Blueday (March 13, 2024) support key initiatives within the Department of Pathology which help support the next generation of trainees, researchers, and physicians. Thanks to your support of these funds, you are enhancing the training of our up-and-coming pathologists, improving the education of faculty from the earliest stages through senior levels, and providing opportunities for ongoing research as we work to find the underlying ca

Dr. David Gordon: What is Cardiovascular Pathology?

February 26, 2024 / Path Report

  S2, EP1

In this episode, Dr. David Gordon, a cardiovascular pathologist, stops by The Path Report to discuss his specialty, hereditary heart conditions, and more.


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Flexibility, Growth, and Change

February 26, 2024 / Staff

Sunita Punjabi (MT-ASCP) reflects on nearly 34 years in Microbiology


Happy Valentine's Day: Celebrating UMich Path Couples

February 14, 2024 /
Many aspects make our department great, but one aspect makes us unique, our Pathology Couples! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we sat down with two  of our couples and found out a bit about their love stories.   Jordan Habitz and Justin Rogers How long have you and your partner been together? JH & JR: We have been together for 13 years and will be married for 10 years in October.   What do you love about working toget
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In Memoriam: Dr. Eugene and Alida Silverman

February 6, 2024 / In Memoriam

It is with sorrow that we report that Associate Professor Emeritus Dr. Eugene M. Silverman and his wife, Alida Silverman, both recently passed away and their funeral was held on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

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Apheresis Unit Celebrates Opening on January 19, 2024

January 25, 2024 / Renovation And Relocation Project

On January 19, 2024 the new Apheresis Unit at the University Hospital opened.

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A Man of Many Talents

January 24, 2024 / Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Robert C. Bell, Assistant Professor of Pathology

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Education is His Passion

January 19, 2024 / Education

Dr. Kamran Mirza, Assistant Chair for Education

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MCP Graduate Student Joanna Lum Receives ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation Fellowship Award

January 18, 2024 / Phd Program

In the world of research and grant funding, it is easy to lose sight of the effort required for foundations to provide funding to researchers and the underlying motivation for that funding. This is not the case, however, for Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Student Joanna Lum. Lum was recently awarded the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation Fellowship Award, providing her with $200,000 over 3 years to study Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, the deadliest form of pediatric brain cancer. DIPG is a brainstem glioma most commonly affecting children ages 5-9 years old. More than 90% of these children will die within 1.5 years. The DIPG foundation was created by two families who lost their sons to DIPG.

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In Memoriam: David Ferguson, MD, PhD

January 12, 2024 / In Memoriam

In Memoriam
David O. Ferguson, MD, PhD
June 11, 1966 – January 6, 2024

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of David O. Ferguson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology. David passed away suddenly at the age of 57 on Saturday, January 6, 2024. He is survived by his wife, Dr. JoAnn Sekiguchi (Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Human Genetics, University of Michigan Medical School), their daughter, Brianna, and his brother, Peter Ferguson of Henderson, NV.

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Dr. Jonathan McHugh Named A. James French Professor of Surgical Pathology

January 11, 2024 / Award

Please join us in congratulating him!