Medical Laboratory Sciences

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

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Biswas-Fiss tapped to grow medical laboratory sciences

The University of Delaware Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) has named Esther Biswas-Fiss as its new chair. Biswas-Fiss comes to UD from Thomas Jefferson University, where she directed the biotechnology program and led an active translational research program on visual disease. At UD, she will expand UD’s strong laboratory science continuum with new molecular-based degree programs.

“Degree programs in molecular diagnostics are a natural fit for the department because the field is the branch of MLS that identifies new targets for the diagnosis and treatment of disease,” said Biswas-Fiss. “I’m impressed by the diverse group of talented researchers and educators.” Read more.

Horn Program in Entrepreneurship announces finalists in Hen Hatch Competition

Semifinalist teams pitched their business ideas to a set of judges at the Horn Program’s Venture Development Center. The top three business ideas from each track – one student track and one track open to faculty, staff and alumni – were selected to advance to the final round.

“The pitches were very competitive, with seven of the 10 teams recommended by the judges for inclusion in the top three,” said Dan Freeman, Horn Program director. “And even though just a few will get to pitch, we’re looking forward to showcasing all of the teams during the Hen Hatch finals event on April 25.”

Finalists in the faculty, staff and alumni track are:

  • Flip – a wallet designed by Chris Lin, a 2015 graduate of the College of Engineering;
  • NERDiT Now – an information technology service created by Jonathan Hoxter, Lerner College of Business and Economics, Class of 2012; and,
  • Strataca Systems, LLC – makers of a medical device created by John Erbey, College of Health Sciences, Class of 1993.

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Tapeworms: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Tapeworms are flat, segmented parasites that can grow from 4 to 28 inches (10 to 71 centimeters) in length. Typically, they attach themselves to a host’s intestinal walls and feed off the host’s food. The medical term for a parasitic infection of tapeworms in humans is taeniasis. Taeniasis can develop into cysticercosis, which is an infection of the tissue.

Larval forms of some tapeworms can leave the intestines and reach other body sites such as the muscles, eyes and brain. “One tapeworm that does this is Taenia solium,” Donald C. Lehman, an associate professor of medical laboratory sciences in the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences, told Live Science. Read more.

College of Health Sciences professor part of ‘eClinic’ development group

Clinical laboratory practitioners working with sophisticated and expensive diagnostic equipment in busy hospital settings provide a crucial service during all stages of patient care.

While good for patients and health care professionals, the fast pace of this environment puts a premium on the time available for onsite training of future clinical laboratory specialists. Read more.

Alumnae recognized for publication

Two University of Delaware alumnae from the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences Class of 2013 have received a Distinguished Author Award from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) for a publication they authored as undergraduate students.

As seniors, Michelle Francis and Angelica Montes completed a College of Health Sciences First Step research project focused on the health system’s handling of critical laboratory results. Read more.


About the Department

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences offers majors in Medical Laboratory Science, in Medical Diagnostics, and in Medical Diagnostics with a Pre-Physician Assistant concentration, a minor in Medical Diagnostics, as well as Honors Degrees in Medical Laboratory Science and Medical Diagnostics and Honors courses.

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.

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