Announcing the Division of Molecular Pathology, Genetics and Genomics (MPGG)

Announcing the Division of Molecular Pathology, Genetics and Genomics (MPGG)

It is with great pleasure that I announce the creation of the Division of Molecular Pathology, Genetics and Genomics (MPGG).  This new division aims to further align the Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories.  The overlap in the technical, medical and scientific expertise required to practice in these areas is ever increasing, and aligning these labs and their resources around a single vision will be important for future success.  After 13 years, Dr. Michael Datto will step down from being the Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, his last step in fully transitioning over to becoming the Associate Vice President and Director of DUHS Laboratories. I am pleased to announce Dr. Catherine Rehder as the Director of this new Division of Molecular Pathology, Genetics and Genomics.

Dr. Rehder graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and minor in Genetics from NC State University and then completed her PhD in Human Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University. Subsequently, she completed ABMGG fellowships in Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics at Duke University in 2007. Dr. Rehder then joined the Duke pathology faculty where she is an Associate Professor and has served as the Director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory and Associate Director of the Duke Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory.  Catherine is active in the genetics community in North Carolina, serving as a co-investigator on NICHD-funded newborn screening pilot studies for Mucopolysaccharidosis I and X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy in NC, and as an advisor to the Early Check voluntary newborn screening program. Nationally, she is an active member of the American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics (ACMG). She has served as chair for the ACMG Laboratory Quality Assurance Committee, was elected to their Board of Directors, and now serves as the Treasurer. Additionally, she serves on the College of American Pathologists Cytogenetics Resource Committee.  In addition to these roles,  Dr. Rehder is an author on >40 peer-reviewed publications, review articles, and laboratory guidelines on a wide variety of cytogenetics and molecular genetics topics.  

Dr. Rehder will be supported by a stellar team of Associate Directors- Kristen Deak, PhD; Sarah Rapisardo, PhD; and Siby Sebastian, PhD.  Additionally, this Division leadership team will benefit from the addition of Dr. Jadee Neff as an Assistant Director of the MPGG.

 rehder-neff.jpgDr. Jadee Neff earned her MD and PhD in Immunology from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 2011. Jadee stayed on to complete an Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology residency, Hematopathology fellowship, and a Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowship.  Following this extensive training, Dr. Neff joined our faculty at Duke as an Assistant Professor in 2017. Her clinical practice focuses on Hematopathology, Molecular/Cytogenetics, and Thymus transplant. Her research interests involve biomarker discovery in hematologic malignancies, investigating pathologic predictors of response to immunomodulatory therapies, and exploring the clinical utility and limitations of NGS in the diagnosis and detection of hematologic malignancies.  More recently, she took on the role of Associate Director of Genomics in the BioRepository & Precision Pathology Center (BRPC), where she is actively working to establish spatial profiling capabilities at Duke. Since her arrival at Duke, Jadee has been an active participant within the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and is helping to develop a Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowship program.  Dr. Neff is an author on >20 peer-reviewed publications, review articles, and book chapters.

Please join me in congratulating these two accomplished women as they take on these new roles within the DUHS clinical laboratories!

Diana M. Cardona, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology
Vice Chair and Director, Duke University Health System Anatomic Pathology Laboratory Services

(photo: Drs. Rehder and Neff)