Awardees Announced for Trainee Research Day 2019

The Department of Pathology & Immunology hosted its annual Trainee Research Day which celebrates research by residents and clinical fellows. It featured presentations both oral and poster from trainees.

Colonna, Ley elected to National Academy of Sciences

Two physician-scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are among the 100 new members and 25 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year.

Grants & Notables Update: January and February 2019

Almost $7 million in grants awarded to faculty in Pathology & Immunology Paul Allen, PhD, Robert L. Kroc Professor of Pathology and Immunology and Interim Division Chief, Immunobiology, received five-year $2,349,441grant from The National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, entitled “Strength of TCR:self-pMHC Interactions in the Periphery Instructs CD4+ […]

Probiotic bacteria evolve inside mice’s GI tracts

Probiotics – which are living bacteria taken to promote digestive health – can evolve once inside the body and have the potential to become less effective and sometimes even harmful, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Trailblazer Award Brings Washington Univeristy Faculty Together

Eynav Klechevsky, assistant professor of pathology and immunology and Amit Pathak assistant professor of mechanical engineering & material science in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University were awarded a three-year, $610,000 Trailblazer Award, from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. This award provides funding to continue their […]

Grant Updates and Notables – September & October 2018

Close to $9 million in grants awarded to faculty in Pathology & Immunology Gautam Dantas, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Immunology, of Biomedical Engineering, and of Molecular Microbiology, received a one-year $486,849 contract from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) entitled “Impact of Early Life Antibiotic Treatment in Preterm Infants on Subsequent MDRO Colonization […]

$3.5 Million Grant Awarded to Dr. Gautam Dantas and Dr. Thaddeus Stappenbeck

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $3.5 million grant to study how live bacteria can be used for drug delivery to Gautam Dantas, professor of pathology and immunology, and Thaddeus Stappenbeck, the Conan Professor of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine, both at the School of Medicine, and Tae Seok Moon, associate […]

Cordell Institute signs ‘Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace’

Washington University in St. Louis’ newly launched Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law has signed on as one of the early signatories of French President Emmanuel  Macron’s “Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace,” announced Nov. 12 as part of the peace forum commemorating 100 years since the ending of World War I.

Link between autoimmune, heart disease explained in mice

People with autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease, even though none of these conditions seem to target the cardiovascular system directly. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis believe they have begun to understand the link between the two.

Grant Updates: July and August

Over $7 million in grants awarded to faculty in Pathology & Immunology Gautam Dantas, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Immunology, of Biomedical Engineering, and of Molecular Microbiology, received a five-year $3,484,069 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled “Tunable Therapeutic Modulation of the Gut Microbiome by Engineered Probiotics”. Paul Li-Hao Huang, PhD, Instructor in […]

Genetic testing helps predict disease recurrence in myelodysplastic syndrome

A DNA-based analysis of blood cells soon after a stem cell transplant can predict likelihood of disease recurrence in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a group of cancerous disorders characterized by dysfunctional blood cells, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Such a practice could help doctors identify patients […]

Gordon receives Luminary Award

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received a 2018 Luminary Award from the Precision Medicine World Conference. He is being honored for his pioneering work in founding the field of gut microbiome research and for fundamentally altering the understanding of the origins of human health and disease, especially as […]

Grant Updates: May and June

Over $500,000 in grants awarded to faculty in Pathology & Immunology Takeshi Egawa, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology, received a two-year $155,875 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled “The Role of TH1 CD4 T Cells in Control of Viral Infection. Ali Ellebedy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology, received a […]

Laboratory Outreach at Barnes Jewish Hospital and Beyond

The faculty in the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine (LGM) serve as medical directors for the clinical laboratories at Barnes Jewish Hospital (BJH); however, they also provide medical direction and clinical consulting services to hospital laboratories in the St. Louis region and beyond.

Virology Testing at Barnes Jewish Hospital

Virology testing previously performed at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) Virology Laboratory officially transitioned to the Barnes Jewish Hospital (BJH) Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratory (MIDL) on January 29, 2018.

New Heparin-Induced Thromboctyopenia (HIT) Screening Test Method

Beginning May 1st, the Core Lab will transition from the current ELISA anti-PF4/heparin antibody test to a latex immunoturbidimetric assay (LIA) performed on the TOPS coagulation analyzer. The test will be available 24/7 with an in-lab turnaround time of 1-2 hours. Laboratory comparisons to SRA send out results show a sensitivity of 100% and a […]

Microbiology Update: Availability of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing for New Antimicrobial Agents

Infections due to antibiotic resistant bacteria are a global public health crisis. To help combat infections with multi-drug resistant bacteria, there has been a recent surge in the development of antimicrobial agents. The Barnes Jewish Hospital Microbiology Laboratory is now able to perform susceptibility testing for a number of these new antibiotics. Information regarding this […]

Featured Colleague: Stephen Roper, PhD

Stephen Roper joined Washington University as Assistant Professor of Pathology and Immunology and Assistant Director, Pediatric Laboratory Services in the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine in August, 2017. He is NRCC (National Registry Certified Chemists) certified in Clinical Chemistry. Dr.  Roper obtained his BS and MS at Texas Tech University and his PhD at […]

Gordon receives British Royal Society’s highest honor

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the 2018 Copley Medal from the Royal Society in Britain. He is being honored for his studies of human gut microbial communities, which have led to a fundamental shift in the way scientists understand the relationship between microbes, health and […]

Brickner selected as Olin Medical Science fellow

The Olin Fellowships recognize superior accomplishments in biomedical research by doctoral students at Washington University. Josh Brickner, from the laboratory of Nima Mosammaparast, PhD, is one of five students selected for the 2017-2018 honor. Josh Brickner studies the mechanism by which the ASCC-ALKBH3 repair complex is recruited to sites of alkylation damage. He found that […]

Klein and Qavi receive LEAP Inventor Challenge awards

Two projects from Pathology & Immunology were selected this year to receive funding though the Leadership in Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program (LEAP). They include: Targeting type III interferon for the treatment of multiple sclerosis This project is a potential new biomarker of progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) that, when targeted, can prevent axonal injury and […]

Heusel discusses the importance of keeping up clinical pathology expertise in CAPcast interview

The College of American Pathologists’ CAPcasts feature interviews with leading pathologists on current issues impacting pathology and laboratory medicine. Dr. Jonathan Heusel, Director of Clinical and Translational Genomics and Chief Medical Officer of Genomics and Pathology Services, discusses the why maintaining expertise in clinical pathology is so important, and how a program from the CAP […]

Hartley receives 2017 Young Investigator award from Cancer Cytopathology journal

The Young Investigator Challenge is an effort to identify promising young academic cytopathologists in the field. The challenge consisted of a call for papers involving original research relevant to cancer cytopathology and molecular cytopathology, and was open to faculty no more than 5 years removed from their fellowship. Christopher Hartley, MD, a Liver & GI Pathology fellow […]

Medical students honor faculty, residents

Crouch received Course Master of the Year from the class of 2019; Virgin, Edelson received Distinguished Service Awards. Congratulations to all!

Pathology & Immunology United Way campaign kicks off 10/1

The Department of Pathology & Immunology United Way campaign will run from October 1st to October 31st. Faculty, staff and students can contribute through HRMS or through pledge cards throughout the campaign. To thank you for your participation, the department is sponsoring raffles and a cookie social. Don’t miss your chance to win a coffee […]

Employees encouraged to support the United Way campaign

Employees are encouraged to give their time and financial support to the annual United Way Campaign. Human Resources and the Gephardt Institute again are helping employees find volunteer opportunities in the St. Louis region.

Zika virus kills brain cancer stem cells

New research from the School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego, shows that Zika virus kills brain cancer stem cells, the kind most resistant to standard treatments.