NEWS & EVENTS
I never imagined I would come to Michigan,” began Dr. May Chan, Professor of Pathology and Dermatology at Michigan Medicine. “I really thought I would stay in Boston following my fellowship training. I interviewed at Michigan because it was one of two academic dermatopathology jobs available at the time, and a position at my home institution didn’t open until after I applied elsewhere.
The Department of Pathology has a division that is unlike any of its other divisions in that its primary focus is on making our laboratories and pathologists accessible to patients outside of Michigan Medicine.
As with many adults, the career path for the new Division Director for Molecular and Genomic Pathology, Annette S. Kim, MD, PhD, was not without its pivots. Kim was a chemistry major at Harvard University when she decided to continue her education there and obtain an MD with a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry, which focuses on designing and synthesizing biological relevant molecules and improving the existing methods of synthesis.
NGS Solid Tumor Panel
Molecular testing of solid tumor neoplasms - particularly advanced-stage cancer. This DNA and RNA based, NGS test targets 50 actionable genes (35 mutations, 19 amplifications, 21 - fusions). Requires <1mm2 of tissue (as little as 100 tumor cells) and a low 3% QNS rate.
NEW TREATMENT OPTION FOR METASTATIC BREAST CANCER
MLabs offers NGS Solid Tumor Panel and Single gene test to detect PIK3CA for FDA approved therapy alpelisib (Piqray®).
Myeloid NGS Panel
This test is intended for the molecular evaluation of myeloid neoplasms including myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms, acute myeloid leukemias (AML), mastocytosis and myeloid neoplasms with eosinophilia and gene rearrangement.
Erdafitinib (Balversa™) is an FGFR-inhibitor that is FDA-approved for the treatment of metastatic urothelial cancers harboring susceptible mutations or translocations involving FGFR2 or FGFR3.
NR4A3 (9q22-9q31) Rearrangement (FISH)
NR4A3 encodes an orphan nuclear receptor. Rearrangements of NR4A3 occur in more than 80% of extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma (EMC) as well as in salivary acinic cell carcinoma (AciCC), driving tumorigenesis.
TFE3 Rearrangement (FISH)
Detecting rearrangements involving the TFE3 gene region (Xp11.2) via fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to qualitatively assess for the presence of TFE3 translocations that are associated with certain subtypes of renal cell carcinoma. Testing for TFE3 gene rearrangement may aid in the diagnosis and classification of renal tumors.