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.

Bryant-Howard Summer Research Internship Awards

We are pleased to announce that this summer’s two prestigious Bryant-Howard Summer Research Internship Awards were given to students in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. The two outstanding juniors are Briyanna Chisholm, a Medical Diagnostic major, and Cristina Padorani, majoring in Medical Laboratory Science. Students were selected based on exceptional grade point average and impressive co-curricular activities. The students will receive a stipend and housing to attend a 10-week research internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Student researchers at Scholars Research Day

At the 2016 INBRE Scholars Research Day & Luncheon, Aug. 19 at the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, 13 student researchers presented projects that represented a summer of intense study and collaboration with Christiana Care mentors.

The summer research program is a collaboration between Christiana Care’s Value Institute and the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the state of Delaware. The four broad aims of INBRE are: to foster a statewide network for biomedical research; develop independent and interdependent researchers and institutions; cultivate Delaware INBRE initiatives; and enhance our state’s knowledge of biomedical science and technology.

Eleven students worked through INBRE, while two participated through the Value Institute’s Harrington Fund.

“What’s most rewarding is watching their growth,” said LeRoi Hicks, M.D., MPH, FACP, vice chair, Department of Medicine and physician leader of the Acute Medicine service line. Dr Hicks worked with Destiny Hollis, a biology major at Wesley College. “This young lady learned a semester’s worth of master’s level epidemiology in one summer,” he said. Read more on Christiana Care News

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 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.

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.