Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics
The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics (BLD) Program is doing well, but we are
missing a few very familiar faces across the faculty and staff. Professor Frances
Pouch Downes retired, Mariane Wolfe left BLD for a position with the Association of Public Health Laboratories and our “rock of Gibraltar,”
Ellen Rzepka, has retired (see page 4). Considering our size, this leaves a big hole.
The hardest part in this new environment is finding replacements. Luckily, as always, our faculty and staff are digging in and helping to keep everything moving forward.
The early years of a scientific scholar are critical for growth and professional development. We aim to provide our Biomedical Laboratory Science students with the hands-on skills necessary for them to thrive beyond the classroom. Check out our feature story about the valuable experiences provided to students from our Clinical Laboratory Methods (BLD 213L) and Advanced Clinical Laboratory Methods (BLD 314L) courses, and learn more about our other department activities in our 2022 newsletter.
According to the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, the need for baccalaureate-level medical laboratory professionals is projected to increase 19 percent by 2030. Check out our feature story on how NatSci’s BLD SMiLeS program is helping to fill workforce gaps by supporting disadvantaged students pursuing MLS degrees, read a giving profile on the Herman-Billman Endowed Scholarship in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics, and learn more about our newest faculty and staff and other department activities in our 2021 newsletter.
Although new drug treatments for Cystic Fibrosis are offering hope for patients, eradicating the chronic lung infections associated with CF remains a major challenge. Check out our feature story on NatSci professor Robert Quinn’s work in applying a $2.7 million NIH grant to examine these complex infections, read a giving profile on Shelagh Ferguson-Miller and Robert Miller, and learn more about our newest faculty and staff members in our 2020 newsletter.