Medical Laboratory Sciences

Winter 2018

MLS Class 2018

MLS Class 2018

The Medical Laboratory Class of 2018 is comprised of 32 students. In December, the students met with their affiliates at the annual MLS Affiliate Meeting held at the STAR Campus.



Thank you for our affiliates!

MLS Department Updates

The new major, Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology was offered for the first time in fall. We have five juniors in the major who are excited about their classes and being part of the new degree.  We expect this number to grow each semester as more student learn about the major.

In the fall, we officially launched the Masters Degree in Medical Sciences.  The degree is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in the laboratory field and are looking to take the next step in their career.  It can be completed as a full time (accelerated option available) or part time student.


Meet the 2017 first year class of Medical Sciences Ph.D. students.  Pictured Left to right:  Ngozi Madu, Safiyah Mansoori,  MDD’17, Rita Rawal, Kelly Banas, MLS’17, Joscelyn Korth







New Faculty

We are excited to announce we have recently added new faculty members.

Dr. Sam Biswas joined us as a Professor.  His areas of expertise are biochemistry and molecular biology. Dr. Biswas will be teaching Molecular Biology, Basic Molecular Techniques, Cell & Tissue Culture and Medical Biochemistry.  His laboratory research is in DNA replication mechanism and control in bacterial and virus pathogens with goals of developing diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Welcome to the department!




Dr. Virginia Hughes joined us in the fall as an Associate Professor. Her areas of expertise are blood banking, public policy, research design and logistic regression. Her research interests are transfusion-associated immunosuppression, stem cell policy and clonogenic assays. Ginny will be teaching Hematology, Immunohematology Lab, and Statistics and Research for MLS Students, She is a graduate of the SBB (Specialist in Blood Banking) Program at National Institutes of Health and is a recipient of the Fenwal Research Award for Transfusion-associated Immunosuppression.   Welcome to the department!


Faculty Position Available:

We have an active search for a faculty member with expertise in the area of clinical microbiology. Please see the job posting HERE.


It’s with mixed feelings that we announce the retirement of Dr. Mary Ann McLane.  Dr. McLane joined the University of Delaware in September 1996 and has had quite the impact on the Department.  She taught many courses including Urinalysis and Body Fluids, Introduction to Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Physiological Chemistry I and II, Graduate Seminar, Graduate Research, Preparing Research proposals, and Language of Medicine. Over the years she took over 50 students to the ASCLS Legislative Symposium in Washington, D.C. as part of the junior clinical chemistry course.

Dr. McLane conducted research for 16 years centered on discovering why a small snake venom protein, eristostatin, can inhibit melanoma cell activity. She received multiple grants (including an R15, R01, INBRE and Melanoma Foundation) and the chance to present her findings in places like France, Australia, Israel, Switzerland, Japan, Italy and the US. It is her proudest accomplishment that the research was done mainly by undergraduates, who worked with her either in independent studies or as honors thesis candidates.

Of her pending retirement, Dr. McLane stated: ‘My fondest memories will be working with a great set of colleagues in the department, and playing a role in the professional development of the students in my classes. I have spent half of my my own professional career here as a Medical Lab Scientist, an educator and as an advocate for the MLS profession, and I am so very blessed to have ended that career here.’

We all wish Dr. McLane the best of luck.

Here We Grow…

The construction on the new research space is complete.  A few smaller storage rooms were combined to create a larger research area that will be shared by multiple researchers and students.  We still need more space as we continue to grow so stay tuned for our next construction project. During the project:




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!

John Erbey, PhD, MLS’93, received the Blue Hen 17 & 43 award for his promising venture called Strataca Systems. His company is developing a device for the treatment of acute kidney disease.



Congratulations to Adrian O’Neal, MLS’09 and Sean Erony, MLS’14 who recently completed the Specialist in Blood Banking program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. To read more about their accomplishments and the program, please click the link below:

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Specialist in Blood Bank Technology Program Graduation

Deb Kenaley Lab Coordinator at University of Delaware’s Student Health Services discovered this cell that was dubbed ‘amourocyte’. The photo was taken with a cell phone through the ocular of a microscope.

Congratulations to Arianna Morton MLS’14 on her admission to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) for the DO program!


Congratulations to Courtney Firth, MLS’15 on her approval by the Health and Care Professions Counsel to be a Registered Biomedical Scientist.  Courtney will be seeking employment outside of the United States. We hope to hear back from her soon about her experiences.

We recently heard from Sean Loughrey, MLS’14 who will be attending University of Pennsylvania’s Biotechnology graduate program in the fall.  Congratulations Sean!

We recently heard from Cassandra Jeandell, MDD’16 who earned a 4.0 her first semester in PA school!  She reported the material was very familiar to her because of the MDD curriculum. She was even able to help some of her class mates.

Congratulations to Megan Aidoo, MDD’17 on her acceptance at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She is pictured with Arianna Morton MLS’14, a classmate at PCOM.



Desiree Collins (McMurray) MLS’10 and family welcomed a baby girl, Alexa Belle on 8/14/17. Alexa weighed in at 7lbs 1oz.  She joins her big brothers Dominic (3 years old) and Kieran (2 years old) to complete the family of 5. Congratulations!


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!

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.

Join today:

In Memory

Evelyn M. Sullivan, Class of 1966

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.

The College of Health Sciences taught a course at Newark High School titled ‘Introduction to Health Sciences‘ in the fall. Dr. Mary Ann McLane (below with students) gave an overview of the Medical Laboratory Science profession and the students completed a strep test kit.







Leslie Allshouse, Professor and Director of the Medical Laboratory Science program was recently featured in an article about the importance of blood donations.  Click HERE to read the article.






Dr. Mary Ann McLane volunteered to pack boxes of supplies to be sent to Puerto Rico for people affected by the hurricane.



Dr. Mary Ann McLane (L), Jean Bauer (M) and Mary Gorley (R) are pictured at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.


Pictured is Dr. Esther Biswas with a student from a summer camp sponsored by the College of Health Sciences. The camp introduced the field of health sciences to under represented groups.



Students in the Spotlight

Liam Stabner is a sophomore following the Medical Diagnostics major.  Liam is a volunteer at the Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Fire Company and is in the new live-in program.  Students stay rent free in an apartment across the street from the fire house so when duty calls, he can be there quickly.  Liam is second from the right below:



Students Sarah Koon and Lauren Benson volunteer for an Ovarian Cancer Awareness event called Town Turns Teal.



Medical Laboratory Science students in the lab prep room while the phlebotomy room was unavailable due to the construction.  While it was a tight space, they managed just fine.

Hands on learning! Sarah Hienz learns how to take a throat culture.



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

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