Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine
Kwaku Tawiah, PhD
Kwaku Tawiah grew up in Mim, in the Ahafo region of Ghana, West Africa. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry at Lindenwood University St, Charles. Following his undergraduate degree, he worked as a laboratory technician, first at Monsanto (now Bayer), and next at BioMerieux. He went on to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, Columbia, under the mentorship of Dr. Donald H. Burke-Agüero. Kwaku’s Ph.D. work focused on developing nucleic acid-based affinity reagents (Aptamers), that recognize and bind to filovirus surfaces. He is now a Clinical Chemistry Fellow at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. In his free time, Kwaku enjoys playing and watching soccer. He also loves to cook West African cuisines.
Caroline Franks, PhD
Caroline Franks was raised in Salisbury, MD. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a minor in mathematics. Caroline completed her PhD in chemistry at the University of Virginia where she developed and implemented mass spectrometry-based methods to study the function of lipid enzyme diacylglycerol kinase. She is now pursuing a fellowship in clinical chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys hanging out with her dog Ruthie and exploring local parks.
Cedric Bailey, DO
Cedric Bailey was born in Virginia but spent most of his life growing up in California. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Davis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. He worked as an anatomic pathology technician grossing specimens, assisting during frozen sections, and serving as a diener at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, where he fell in love with the wonderful world of pathology. He went on to study medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, serving in a variety of student leadership positions focused on physician advocacy, medical education, and pathology. He is a combined AP/CP resident with a keen focus on mirroring the skills of famed Washington University pathologists and becoming an excellent physician. Outside of work, Cedric enjoys exploring St. Louis, commute cycling, finding new craft breweries, yoga, swimming, and planning his next surfing trip.
Aaron Russell, MD
Aaron Russell was born and raised in Oroville, CA. He completed his undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles and earned his MD degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After medical school, Aaron completed an internal medicine internship at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, followed by a dermatology residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He is now a dermatopathology fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. In his free time, Aaron enjoys weightlifting, language learning (Korean), playing piano, and spending time with family and friends.
Gynecologic & Breast Pathology
Lulu Sun, MD, PhD
Lulu Sun was raised in Ontario, Canada, and attended McGill University in Montreal for her undergraduate studies. She moved to the United States to enroll in the MD/PhD program at Washington University in St Louis. She completed her PhD in Immunology in Thaddeus Stappenbeck’s lab, where her thesis work focused on the effect of viral infection and subsequent innate immune responses on epithelial turnover and wound healing. Lulu completed her AP residency at WashU, where she served as chief resident her final year, and has also completed a Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowship. She is currently a Breast and GYN Pathology fellow. Lulu enjoys reading both literary and trashy novels, gardening, checking out new restaurants and bars, and camping and hiking with her husband and two children.
Zheng (Steve) Liu, MD, PhD
Zheng Liu grew up in the historical city of Beijing, China and received his medical degree from Peking University. After completion of his medical training, he moved to the States and earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University. His primary research interest was to study the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. He completed his AP/CP residency training at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey and is currently a Gynecology and Breast Pathology fellow. In addition to being an excellent diagnostician, Zheng also aspires to bring advanced technologies and data analytic tools into the field of pathology. Outside of the wonderful world of pathology, Zheng co-founded a startup in China and served as the CEO of the company for two and a half years. In his spare time, soccer and reading are his life-long true love after many fleeting interests.
Phillip Barber, MBBS
Philip Barber was born in Maquoketa, Iowa and raised in the surrounding area. Before attending medical school he was in the Army National Guard and working as a teacher in Thailand. He attended medical school at the University of Queensland in Australia and completed pathology residency at Orlando Health. Currently he is a hematopathology fellow and plans to complete a second fellowship in molecular pathology next year at the University of New Mexico. In his free time, he enjoys doing anything outside and taking care of his young son.
Anne Chen, MD
Anne Chen was born in San Antonio, Texas and grew up on the west coast, in the midwest, including St. Louis, MO, and in Florida. She completed her bachelor’s and medical degrees at the University of Miami. During pathology residency (AP/CP) at George Washington University in Washington, DC, she served as Co-Chief Resident and was awarded the ASCP 40 Under Forty Award. After a fellowship in GI/Liver pathology at Stanford University, she is currently a hematopathology fellow at Washington University. She represents pathology as a delegate in the American Medical Association Resident-Fellow Section from ASCP. Anne enjoys antique-ing, documentaries, poetry, wine tasting, historical tours and traveling.
Laboratory Genetics & Genomics
Ying-Chen (Claire) Hou, PhD
Ying-Chen (Claire) Hou was born and raised in Taiwan and moved to Vancouver Canada. She received her bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University. She went on to receive her Ph. D. degree in Genetics from the University of British Columbia. Claire later moved to San Diego to continue her post-doctoral fellowship. She received the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program post-doctoral fellowship and San Diego Center for System Biology seed grant for her post-doctoral research. After the completion of her postdoc, Claire joined a startup that offers products focused on inherited cancer and pharmacogenomics. She later joined a startup where uses elective whole-genome sequencing and advanced non-invasive imaging for deep phenotyping and clinical assessment in adults. The most fulfilling moment for Claire is to analyze genomic data to assist in the clinical diagnosis of challenging adult cases where clinical presentations are nonspecific or genetic heterogeneity exists. Claire is currently a clinical fellow in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics at Washington University in St. Louis. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and learning history.
Juliette Kahle, PhD
Juliette Kahle was raised near Chicago. She completed her BSc.(Hon) in Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Juliette then moved to Houston, TX to earn her PhD at Baylor College of Medicine in Molecular and Human Genetics under the mentorship of Dr. Huda Zoghbi. A post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical and Environmental Toxicogenomics took Juliette to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she was part of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Health Effects and Environmental Research Laboratory. After completion of her postdoc, Juliette worked for a late-stage genomics startup doing clinical genomics and variant classification for several NGS products. Juliette is currently a fellow in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics at Washington University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and three young children.
Medical & Public Health Microbiology
Robert Potter, PhD
Robert Potter grew up in Orange County, California and received a BA in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He then completed a PhD in molecular microbiology from Washington University in St. Louis for work performed as a member of Gautam Dantas’s lab. His thesis research used genomic analysis to understand antibiotic resistance, taxonomy, and virulence in bacterial pathogens. Robert is currently a medical and public health microbiology fellow at Washington University School of Medicine. As a fellow, he is particularly interested in the application of metagenomic next-generation sequencing for infectious disease diagnosis and management. When not in the lab, Robert enjoys running through forest park, swimming in millstone pool, and an extensive amount of baking/cooking.
Eric Ransom, PhD
Eric Ransom was born and raised in South Dakota. He graduated from instate Augustana University with a degree in biology. He earned his doctorate in microbiology at the University of Iowa, where he researched C. difficile pathogenesis and toxin regulation. Eric also completed an antimicrobial resistance fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. This research investigated novel approaches for detecting antimicrobial resistance. Eric has worked in a veterinary mycobacteriology laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Texas state public health mycobacteriology laboratory in Austin, Texas. Eric is now a medical and public health microbiology fellow at the Washington University School of Medicine. Outside of work, he is an avid board game enthusiast and college sports fan.
Molecular Genetic Pathology
Robert Bell, MD
Robert Bell was raised in Fayetteville Arkansas and earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Arkansas. He went on to complete an MD at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences followed by a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Arizona. He recently completed the hematopathology fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is currently a combined molecular genetic pathology and clinical informatics fellow. Robert enjoys cooking, baking, woodworking, and doing jigsaw puzzles with his wife.
Abdulrahman M. Saadalla, MB, Bch
Abdulrahman Saadalla was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and raised in Egypt where he completed his medical training at Alexandria University. Abdul then pursued his interest in immunology and spent 5 years working in tumor immunology basic research primarily focusing on the role of mast cells in adenoma to carcinoma transition in mouse models and humans. He then completed clinical pathology residency training at Mayo Clinic. Currently, Abdul is a molecular genetic pathology fellow with interests in molecular diagnostics, immunology, and coagulation. Outside of work, he has two adorable kids (Nadine and Ali) who keep him busy answering “why/how” type of questions.
Neuropathology & Neuropathology Research
Nima Sharifai, MD
Nima Sharifai was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and spent most of his adult life in Miami, Florida, where he earned his bachelor’s, medical, and doctoral degrees. He has long been interested in neuroscience and completed his thesis work in the lab of Akira Chiba. There he implemented a technique for live visualization of protein-protein interactions within developing neurons. His work focused on identifying key molecular regulators involved in dendrogenesis and mapping their spatiotemporal interaction patterns at single-neuron resolution. Nima is a combined AP/NP trainee and is in the research year of his Neuropathology fellowship, where he is focusing on clinical research in neuro-oncology. In his free time, he loves all things football and enjoys traveling with his family and friends.
Peng Cheng (Phil) Han, MD, PhD
Peng Cheng (Phil) Han graduated from AP/CP residency program in the Medical University of South Carolina. He is currently a Neuropathology clinical fellow and especially interested in the translational study of neurodegenerative diseases.
Priya Skaria, MD
Priya Skaria was born in Kerala, India. She obtained dual bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery from Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai, India. She volunteered at a Mission Hospital and served the medical needs of her hometown for a few years. With the goal of pursuing cancer research, she did an Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri. During this training, she did a one-month elective in Hematopathology with Dr. Elaine Jaffe at the National Institute of Health. She was honored with Dr. Gordon F. Vawter Pathologist in training award for her first cancer research project at the Society for Pediatric Pathology Annual Meeting in October 2016. She completed her Hematopathology fellowship and Selective Surgical Pathology Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis and is currently a fellow trainee in Pediatric Pathology. She has several other credits to her merit up to a national level in sports, music, and dance.
Surgical (Selective) Pathology
Muhammad Hassan, MBBS
Masood was born in the historic city of Montgomery (now called Sahiwal) Punjab, Pakistan and raised in different regions of Punjab because of his father’s job. After completing medical school at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore in 2013, he moved to the United States of America and rotated in Pathology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to get a better understanding of the workflow in pathology. He was intrigued by the interdisciplinary collaboration of the pathology that strengthened his commitment and interest in pathology. He studied “race-related differences in the clinical presentation and histologic features of Phyllodes tumors” and worked on quality improvement projects like “Retrospective Correlation of Intraoperative Frozen Section Reports and Histopathological Final Diagnosis”. He finished his AP/CP residency at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, and joined Washington University as a Selective Surgical Pathology fellow. He plans to join the Hematopathology Fellowship Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City. Masood is a history and Urdu literature lover, cricket statistician, and loves to play and watch cricket. He is a big fan of watching an exhibition of skills in competitive sports. He runs his Twitter handle posting educational and challenging cases with discussions.
Helmae Wubneh, MD