About the Department

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences offers majors in Medical Laboratory Science, in Medical Diagnostics, in Medical Diagnostics with a Pre-Physician Assistant concentration and in Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Minors are available in Medical Diagnostics, Forensic Science, Molecular Diagnostics and a certificate is offered in Molecular Diagnostics.  Honors Degrees and Honors courses are available.  The Department offers a master’s degree in Medical Sciences and a interdisciplinary Ph. D program in Medical Sciences.

 

Faculty Member and Alumna Win Awards

At the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) annual meeting last week, UD alumna Alexa Pierce-Matlack (L) was honored as a "Voices Under 40",  and Professor Mary Ann McLane received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Pierce-Matlack graduated...

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MLS student awarded scholarship

Nyle Smith recently received a scholarship from John's Hopkins Department of Pathology Tuition Subsidy Committee. "In return for this generous offer, I will work for the department of pathology. I believe the skills and experience gained as an undergrad in the...

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Convocation

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences held convocation ceremony May 26. A total of 53 undergraduates received degrees in either Medical Diagnostics or Medical Laboratory Science. One student, Edward Marks, received a PhD in Medical Sciences.

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UD faculty and alumni participate in health fair

UD Medical Laboratory Sciences faculty and alumni participated in an annual health fair at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, DE on May 21, 2017. The volunteers performed 98  cholesterol and glucose screenings using University Wellness equipment. They were instrumental...

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Senior contributes to gene editing research

Senior Kelly Banas has already made a contribution to the medical field. The Medical Laboratory Sciences student participated in a breakthrough experiment that led to a research article on gene editing. Banas and her laboratory group work under the leadership of Eric...

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Dept. of Medical Laboratory Sciences INBRE Award Winners

Delaware INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) recently announced students selected for the 2017 Summer Scholars program, which provides undergraduate biomedical research opportunities across the state. The 11-week program offers rising sophomores,...

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Medical Laboratory Sciences

Students and faculty on a castle tower in Consuegra, Spain, Winter, 2016

Mission Statement

In accordance with the goals set forth by the University of Delaware and the College of Health Sciences, it is the mission of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences to:
• Provide excellent undergraduate professional education in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences,
• Contribute to the health sciences body of knowledge through basic and clinical research, and
• Function as an expert resource within the University community and the mid-Atlantic region regarding all issues related to Clinical Laboratory Science.

Faculty Member and Alumna Win Awards

At the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) annual meeting last week, UD alumna Alexa Pierce-Matlack (L) was honored as a “Voices Under 40”,  and Professor Mary Ann McLane received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Pierce-Matlack graduated from UD in 2015 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Medical Laboratory Science and has been working at Christiana Care Health System in the microbiology laboratory on third shift since June 2015. She recently joined the UD Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences as an adjunct faculty member teaching a few different labs. She currently serves on the ASCLS-DE board as the Membership Chair, and is the Region II Communication Coordinator. The ASCLS Voices Under 40 award honors ASCLS members who have shown exceptional commitment to ASCLS, the laboratory profession, and their community at large at a young age in their professional careers.

Dr. McLane has been and continues to be extremely active at all levels of ASCLS from serving on numerous committees and task forces to holding various leadership positions. She is an ASCLS past president, currently serves as the Chair of the Education and Research Fund as well as the Alpha Mu Tau Secretary, among other things. Her nominators note that the “service she has provided to the Society as well as her professional contributions to clinical laboratory science are remarkable and truly epitomize the spirit of this award. She has made a difference in ASCLS, the profession, and her community.”  She has over 40 peer reviewed publications and has given over 50 presentations at local, state, national and international meetings. This member has urged and encouraged us all to Provide the Face for our profession.

MLS student awarded scholarship

Nyle Smith recently received a scholarship from John’s Hopkins Department of Pathology Tuition Subsidy Committee. “In return for this generous offer, I will work for the department of pathology. I believe the skills and experience gained as an undergrad in the University of Delaware’s Medical Laboratory Science Program has prepared me to embark on this next journey in my career.”

Convocation

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences held convocation ceremony May 26. A total of 53 undergraduates received degrees in either Medical Diagnostics or Medical Laboratory Science. One student, Edward Marks, received a PhD in Medical Sciences.

UD faculty and alumni participate in health fair

UD Medical Laboratory Sciences faculty and alumni participated in an annual health fair at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, DE on May 21, 2017. The volunteers performed 98  cholesterol and glucose screenings using University Wellness equipment. They were instrumental in the healthcare of at least one person who had a glucose reading over 500 mg/dL. Image above, L to R are Virginia Hughes (Neumann University) , DonaRae Boucek (Harcum College). Mary Ann McLane (UD), Candice Robinson (’12), Alexa Pierce-Matlack (’15), Karen Brinker (UD), Elaina Welch (’11)

 

Senior contributes to gene editing research

Senior Kelly Banas has already made a contribution to the medical field. The Medical Laboratory Sciences student participated in a breakthrough experiment that led to a research article on gene editing. Banas and her laboratory group work under the leadership of Eric Kmiec, director of the Gene Editing Institute at the Helen F. Graham Cancer & Research Institute at Christiana Care. Banas joined the laboratory group just over a year ago and was given a major role in a summer internship project.

A technique called clustered regularly interspaced palindromic repeats (CRISPR/Cas9), which was discovered in bacteria to fight virus attacks, has been used to edit DNA. The CRISPR/Cas9 technique, which makes a cut in DNA, can be used in conjunction with a short single-stranded piece of DNA called an oligonucleotide. The single stranded oligonucleotide serves as both a bandage and a template to repair the break. The CRISPR/Cas9 can be programmed to target a specific mutation or gene in the cell in order to correct the DNA sequence.

The laboratory group experimented on a cell, which contained a mutation in a gene that is responsible for making green fluorescence protein. When the protein is exposed to UV light, it glows fluorescent green. Because of the mutation in the gene, the cells could not make the protein. Using the CRISPR/Cas9 and oligonucleotide, they were able to repair the mutation and as a result, the protein was made by the cells. When checked under UV light, they were able to see green fluorescence meaning the mutation was fixed. They also used DNA analysis to make sure the genetic repair was made in the gene.

The discovery led to a feature article — Insertional Mutagenesis by CRISPR/Cas9 Ribonucleoprotein Gene Editing in Cells Targeted for Point Mutation Repair Directed by Short Single-Stranded DNA Oligonucleotides —  in the January 3, 2017 issue of PLOS ONE, a scientific journal that features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine. Banas plans on continuing her education with her laboratory group throughout her post-graduate experience. She is hoping to pursue a PhD in Medical Sciences at UD, and plans to work in research.

Photo courtesy Christiana Care Health System

About the Department

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences offers majors in Medical Laboratory Science, in Medical Diagnostics, in Medical Diagnostics with a Pre-Physician Assistant concentration and in Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.  Minors are available in Medical Diagnostics, Forensic Science, Molecular Diagnostics and a certificate is offered in Molecular Diagnostics.  Honors Degrees and Honors courses are available.  The Department offers a master’s degree in Medical Sciences and a interdisciplinary Ph. D program in Medical Sciences.

In accordance with the goals set forth by the University of Delaware and the College of Health Sciences, the mission of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences encompasses the following.

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences is committed to providing skilled, critically-thinking practitioners equipped to be future leaders in health sciences. In this pursuit, the Department is committed to active engagement of undergraduate and graduate students in experiential learning, to forming collaborative partnerships with educational, clinical, industrial and research experts locally and globally, to discovering innovative breakthroughs in research that contribute to the health and basic sciences body of knowledge, and to functioning as an expert resource regarding all issues related to Medical Laboratory Science.