Molecular Pathology & Genomics


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To be a world class division of LMP that provides department, collegiate and national leadership in the pursuit of excellence in molecular pathology and genomic research, education and clinical service

Strategic Intent

To foster a culture of innovation and academic excellence by promoting synergistic collaborations among members of the Division of Molecular Pathology and Genomics



Molecular Pathology and Genomics Membership 

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Laboratory Genetics & Genomics Fellowship
Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship

Grand Rounds sponsored by the Division of Molecular Pathology and Genomics 

October 31, 2018
David Stenehjem, PharmD, BCOP
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota - Duluth 

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Year 2 MPG Funding Program


Under the pilot MPG funding program, ALL MPG LMP faculty members will be eligible to receive $5,000 in research funding.

All MPG faculty members will be REQUIRED to allocate $2,500 to a MPG research project of their choice while the remaining $2,500 can be used at individual faculty discretion (limitations  apply) for specific projects. Based on available funding, there will be a minimum of $62,500 available for research projects and a maximum of $62,500 available to support projects of individual faculty members.


The MPG administration will organize MPG faculty members into 5-6 research teams. Each research team should raise a minimum of $20,000 to remain viable. A maximum of $5,000 can be raised from members of your own team. Though individuals are required to allocate AT LEAST $2,500 towards a MPG research project, they are welcome to allocate more money and can potentially allocate all $5,000 towards one research project. Though the initial membership of the research teams will be decided by MPG administration, membership of viable research teams can change based on faculty interest. Active participation in MPG research projects is voluntary. The only requirement is that faculty contribute AT LEAST $2,500 towards a MPG research project. We anticipate 2-3 viable research projects to be funded through this process. Faculty members who allocate money towards research teams that cannot raise a minimum of $20,000 will be requiredto redistribute their contributions among viable research projects.

It is anticipated that projects will take two years.  Any funds remaining from Year 1 research projects can be carried forward into Year 2.  We anticipate that funds will be available for continued support of research projects for the second year. The amount of funding available in the second year will be decided based on performance of this pilot program during the first year.  At the end of the second year any remaining funds will revert back to the MPG Division.


Funds allocated to individual faculty projects can be utilized based on faculty discretion (limitations may apply). These funds (a maximum of $2,500/faculty member) will only be available to faculty after allocation of at least $2,500 to a MPG research project.  Examples of projects that can be funded include (but are not limited to) educational, artistic, research and career development projects.  All projects must have clearly articulated goals and must support the mission of the University of Minnesota. These funds cannot be used as a supplement to faculty professional accounts (e.g.) funds cannot be used for food, travel, computer/electronics purchases etc.  Funds for MPG Faculty projects MUST BE used within one year. These funds CANNOT be carried over and any unspent funds will revert back to the MPG Division.


Annual MPG Symposium  

The first annual MPG Symposium"New Approaches for Monitoring Disease Detection in Oncology," was held October 11, 2018 at Coffman Memorial Union.  The keynote speaker was the University of Michigan's Muneesh Tewari, MD, PhD.   Maneesh TewariThe title of his talk was: The integration of cell free DNA with wearable sensors for early cancer diagnosis.

The symposium featured three additional presentations:

"Clinical significance of sinonasal teratocarcinoma (SNTCS)," Kevin Ha, DO, Blood Bank / Transfusion Medicine fellow

"Single cell sequencing of macrophages in the primary and metastatic tumor environments," Danielle Renner, PhD

"GenReport: A free literature review tool for genetic variants," Spencer Kelley and Travis Rogers




Recent MPG Faculty Publications

Yang R, Van Etten JL, Dehm SM.  Indel detection from DNA and RNA sequencing data with transIndel. BMC Genomics. 2018 Apr 19;19(1):270. doi: 10.1186/s12864-018-4671-4.

Rashidi A, Nelson AC, Linden MA, Weisdorf DJ, Dolan MM, Ustun C. Genomics of clonal evolution in a case of essential thrombocythemia.  Leuk Lymphoma. 2018 Feb;59(2):497-500. doi: 10.1080/10428194.2017.1337113. Epub 2017 Jun 11.

Pérez Ortiz JM, Orr HT. Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1: Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration and Preclinical Studies. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2018;1049:135-145. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-71779-1_6.

Lou E, D'Souza D, Nelson AC. Therapeutic Response of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Harboring a KRAS Missense Mutation After Combination Chemotherapy With the EGFR Inhibitor Panitumumab.J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Apr;15(4):427-432. PMID:28404754