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Scientific Staff

Maura Pieretti, PhD, HCLD, Scientific Director

Maura Pieretti, PhD, is the Scientific Director of BayCare Laboratories. Dr. Pieretti’s expertise is in Molecular Diagnostics with over 15 years experience as a Molecular Diagnostic Lab Director. Dr. Pieretti received her PhD in Perinatology/Genetics at the University of Perugia, Italy. She did her post-doctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, where she worked as part of the Human Genome project. She held academic appointments at the University of Kentucky and the University of South Alabama. Dr. Pieretti has 30 peer-reviewed publications and several presentations at scientific meetings.
 
Larry Bischof, MD, PhD, Medical Director

Dr. Bischof completed a combined doctoral training program from Vanderbilt Medical School earning a MD and a PhD in Biochemistry. He then received additional training in biomedical research at the University of California, San Diego. This was followed by residency training in Clinical Pathology and fellowship training in Molecular Genetic Pathology, both at the University of Michigan. His focus during residency and fellowship training included the molecular pathology of hematologic neoplasms, solid tumors and infectious diseases. Dr. Bischof joined the BayCare Health System in July 2011 and serves as both a clinical and molecular pathologist.
 
Virginia Thurston, PhD, FACMG, Director of Cytogenetics

Dr. Thurston obtained her Ph.D. in Medical Genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship in cytogenetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), she joined the faculty of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics in 1999 and became the Assistant Director of the IUSM Cytogenetics Laboratory. In addition, she was the course director for two graduate courses in human cytogenetics and for two medical school courses in medical genetics. Dr. Thurston is a fellow in the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and has been board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in clinical cytogenetics since 1999. In 2011, she accepted a position with BayCare Health System in Tampa, Florida to create and direct a new cytogenetics and microarray laboratory.

Darlene Keppel, BS, MT(ASCP), QCYM(ASCP), Manager, Flow Cytometry

Don Vendrone, MPH, MB(ASCP), Manager, Molecular Biology


Judy Shankel, BA, CG(ASCP), MB(ASCP), Supervisor, Cytogenetics and FISH

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