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Message from the Chair

Yuri Persidsky, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

I would like to extend to you a warm welcome from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine.  This department has been directed by such individuals as Wally Clarke, a pioneer in the diagnosis and prognosis of melanoma; Si-Chun Ming, the noted gastrointestinal pathologist; and Renato Baserga, a cell biologist whose work resulted in seminal discoveries in the regulation of the cell cycle.  It has a distinguished history in teaching, research and the practice of pathology.  Our clinical laboratories perform over two million laboratory tests per year.  We have specialized laboratories in:

  • Electron microscopy
  • Immunopathology
  • Cytopathology (including our own fine needle aspiration clinic)
  • Hematology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Special coagulation
  • Tissue typing
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Medical microbiology
  • Immunology and virology

Transfusion medicine service which includes a very active pheresis program
In the basic research area, our efforts are mainly in the areas of neuroimmunology, HIV-1 brain infection, tumor biology, cardiac disease and pulmonary pathology.  Our faculty is actively investigating genomic imprinting, the role of oncogenes in cancer, the mechanisms of resistance to chemotherapy in ovarian and breast cancer, the use of stem cells in myocardial repair, and molecular correlates in chronic pulmonary disease. We are interested in the abnormalities of blood brain barrier and function of glial cells under neuroinflammatory conditions, alcohol and drug abuse.
Please feel free to contact me and share your thoughts.
Yuri Persidsky, MD, PhD