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Powered by DNA: Changing the Story with Dr. Maher Albitar, Genomic Testing Cooperative

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Could we live forever? There’s a lot of attention on tapping into genetics to unlock immortality. However, why aren’t there more stories about using genomics to prevent disease and viruses? Hear the story of Dr. Maher Albitar, who shares his story on advancing genomic science with emerging technology to tackle the key health problems we face today.

Our Guest

Dr. Albitar,  founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer at Genomic Testing Cooperative, has extensive experience in anatomic/clinical pathology, hematopathology and molecular pathology.   Until recently, Dr. Albitar was the Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Research and Development at NeoGenomics Laboratories.  Prior to NeoGenomics, Dr. Albitar served as the Medical Director for Hematopathology and Oncology, Nichols Institute, Quest Diagnostics, and Chief R&D for Hematopathology and Oncology for Quest Diagnostics from 2003 to 2010.  

From 1991 to 2003, Dr. Albitar held various faculty positions at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, including Chief of Leukemia Section in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Department, Director of the molecular laboratory and Director of Hematopathology Fellowship program.   Dr. Albitar was a tenured full professor in Pathology and Leukemia at the time of leaving University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Dr. Albitar residency in AP/CP pathologist was at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and fellowship training in Hematopathology at the University of Pennsylvania. 

After his training in Hematopathology, Dr. Albitar spent 4 years in the Physician/Scientist training program at the University of Pennsylvania/Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Department of Genetics.  Dr. Albitar has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and review articles. He is the lead inventor on more than 50 different patents and patent applications. He is a very well recognized leader in molecular and genomic diagnosis research and development.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

  • The power of genomics
  • Managing diseases and viruses
  • Advancing the science with emerging technology
  • The goal is acceleration

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