Alumni Newsletter — Winter 2017

MLS Department Updates

FromBiswas_Esther-2016 The Department Chair

We have proposed two new degrees from the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. A new Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and Applied Molecular Biology and a Master of Science in Medical Sciences. The plan is to launch both in fall of 2017 after approval by Faculty Senate. The Master of Science in Medical Sciences is designed for individuals holding a baccalaureate degree in a laboratory field with an interest in advancing theoretical and clinical learning, practice, and research. Please contact Dr. Biswas if you would like more information about either program at

MLS Class of 2017

MLS seniors gather at the December Affiliate Meeting

On December 9, 2016, MLS hosted the clinical affiliates at STAR Campus. MLS seniors attended and met with their affiliated representatives. Thank you to all of our affiliates!

Alumni Updates

We are so very proud of all of our alumni and their accomplishments.

Here are just a few. Send us yours so we can celebrate, too!

A MLS Love Story...

A MLS Love Story: Sarah Beabout,  Class of 2010 and Ryan Thomas, Class of 2008 were married in September.

Keith H. St. John

Keith H. St. John, Class of 1977, is Vice President of Clinical Affairs for PDI. PDI is a leader in infection prevention products and solutions. Keith leads a team of clinical professionals that are national experts in the world of cleaning, disinfection and aseptic technique relative to infection prevention in healthcare.


Congratulations to Brittany A. Cavallio Fernandes on the birth of her daughter Hazel. Brittany is from the Class of 2012.

Cutie Pie!

This cutie pie is Luke, son of Alice Wong, Class of 2003.

Congratulations Laura

Here is an update from Laura Manzi, Class of 2008:

In April, I was promoted as the new cellular immunology and immunohematology supervisor for Quest Diagnostics in Teterboro, NJ. I am also finishing a dual masters degree program at Rutgers currently for an MBS in Biomedical Science and an MBA.

Thanks for the update!



Dara S, Missan, Class of 2006, was published in ScienceDirect’s Journal of Microbiological Methods. The article is titled ‘Rapid Infectious Disease Identification by Next-Generation DNA Sequencing‘.

Congratulations to Cassie Jeandell, Class of 2016, on her acceptance to the Physician Assistant Program at Nova Southeastern in Orlando, Florida.

Evan Katradis, Class of 2015, was accepted into New York’s Medical College’s Master Degree program. After completion, Evan hopes to attend medical or dental school. Evan is currently working at John Hopkins Hospital in the Department of Pathology. Best of luck Evan and keep us updated.

Thank you

We truly appreciate donations as they help keep our costs down and help our students learn. If your work place has equipment or supplies no longer needed, please consider donating them. We will even arrange pick up!

Interested in Guest Speaking?

Please reach out to us. We’d love to have you.

Alumni Guest Speakers

Krystina (Pastuszczak) Dickinson, MS, MT (ASCP), Class of 2001; is currently a sales consultant at Beckman Coulter, Inc. In October, she returned to UD to teach a Hematology II lab to the senior class. She was accompanied by Neil Kayal, Ph.D. an account sales consultant from Beckman Coulter, Inc.

Krystina’s lecture was titled “Introduction to Flow Cytometry” and they brought a Beckman Coulter Flow Cytometer – CytoFLEX S.   Krystina and Neil demonstrated the Flow Cytometer and assisted the students with its operation and the laboratory data interpretation.  Krystina and Neil also discussed with the class their careers paths. The students thoroughly enjoyed the guest speakers.



Join the UD Career Advising Network (UD CAN)

Connect with students and alumni seeking career advice! The University of Delaware is launching the UD Career Advising Network (UD CAN), a powerful new online platform that facilitates one-to-one career conversations and consultations.

UD-MLS in the Public

The staff and students of our Medical Laboratory Science program have always stepped forward to “provide the face” of what we do to the general public.


College of Health Sciences Dean Kathleen Matt and Dr. Mary Ann McLane flip pancakes at a fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease.


Dr. Mary Ann McLane promotes Medical Laboratory Sciences with ASCLS -MD President, Stacy Robinson at the Apple Scrapple Festival held in Bridgeville, Delaware.

MLS Faculty Member & Clinical Coordinator receives the XX from Dr. Mary Ann McLane

MLS alumna and faculty member, Karen Brinker is awarded the ASCLS Key to the Future award from Dr. Mary Ann McLane. Congratulations, Karen!

Student Showcase

Students Lucia Dela Cruz and Nrupa Patel volunteered at the Nurse Managed Primary Care Center in January. The students helped with the annual physical examinations for the Public Safety officers at UD. They performed venipuncture procedures, instructed the officers on urine sample collection, tested the urine samples and packaged samples for further testing through Quest.

Kelly Banas a senior MLS student who has been working at the Helen Graham Cancer Center, won the Silver Research Award for undergraduate research from INBRE. An article about the award can be found HERE. Kelly’s photo was selected for the cover of Christiana Care’s research publication. The research was published in PLoS Genetics and can be found HERE. Congratulations, Kelly!

SIM LAB 2016



Meaghan Clancy, Class of 2015 is pictured below.   Go Hens!

Meaghan Clancy is a Medical Diagnostics student making us proud!

Students taking MEDT 100 – Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences have the opportunity to complete service work. Here is a summery of their service: *Donated 19 units of blood *Participated in 10 fundraising walks *Donated ~530 can goods to the Food Bank of Delaware *Donated 156 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Delaware *Collected ~250 box tops for education (given to a local elementary school) *Collected ~900 soda can tops (given to A. I. duPont Children’s Hospital)

Students taking MEDT 100 – Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science have the opportunity to complete service work. Here is a summary of their service from fall 2016:

  • Donated 19 units of blood
  • Participated in 10 fundraising walks
  • Donated ~530 can goods to the Food Bank of Delaware
  • Donated 156 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Delaware
  • Collected ~250 box tops for education (given to a local elementary school)
  • Collected ~900 soda can tops (given to A. I. duPont Children’s Hospital)

Thank you students & staff who organized, collected and delivered the donations.

Graduate Student Showcase

Congratulations to Sangjucta Barkataki for recognition of her research on breast cancer. Her work was recognized at the International IBC conference held in July. A link to an article about her research can be found HERE. Additionally, Sangjucta has recently received the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Network Foundation Award, which is a $12,000 award. Sangjucta is a candidate for the Medical Sciences Doctoral Degree. The program is coordinated by the department of Medical Laboratory Sciences.


Eddie Marks is set to graduate in May from the Medical Sciences Doctoral program.  Eddie’s mentor is Dr. Arun Kumar and his research area is in nano-medicine. Their research was recently published in a book titled Vitamins and Hormones.

Read Vitamins and Hormones Here





Doctoral Degree in Medical Sciences

If you are interested in learning more about the Medical Sciences Ph.D. program, please contract Dr. Mary Ann McLane at

You received a great education that has been a central point for your career and even your personal life… How can you now pay it forward?

Here are some ideas:

  • Think of our program at your clinical site when you are changing instrumentation or having a lot number of reagents or controls expire. Donations to our student lab efforts have saved the program hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years! We will bring the truck to pick up your donations.
  • Influence the next generation of colleagues by contributing to the Medical Laboratory Science Scholarship Funds at
  • Be a voice of advocacy to initiate the discussion about taking some students for a rotation at your clinical site….and then volunteer to do some of that teaching!
  • Belong to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, ASCLS, the best grass roots organization for influencing the future of clinical laboratory education.

What have you done to provide the face of the clinical lab to the general public?

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