Staff Awards

2016–2017

Top-Rated Abstract Award
American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) Annual Meeting

Yuan Ji, PhD, medical director for Molecular Genetics and Genomics, as well as Pharmacogenomics, received the Top-Rated Abstract Award, 2017 ACMG Annual Meeting for the abstract Comparative analysis of clinical whole exome sequencing (WES) with targeted genotyping identified areas for improving accuracy of WES-based pharmacogenetic profiling.

Scherago-Rubin Award
American Society of Microbiologists

Blaine Mathison, medical technologist specialist in the Parasitology and Fecal Testing (PAFT) Laboratory, received the Scherago-Rubin Award from the American Society of Microbiologists. The award recognizes “an outstanding, bench-level clinical microbiologist” involved in routine diagnostic work rather than research, having distinguished themselves “with excellent performance in the clinical laboratory,” according to the award website.

Distinguished Abstract Award
American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Fang Wu, PhD, Roberta Melis, PhD, and Gwendolyn McMillin, PhD, received the Distinguished Abstract Award from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) for their abstract entitled Application of Matrix Assisted-Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry for CYP2D6 Genotype and Copy Number Analysis.

Top Poster Award
ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting

ARUP scientist Whitney Wooderchak-Donahue received the Top Poster Award from the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) for her poster entitled Identification of novel SMAD3 mutations in families with variable Marfan-like clinical findings featuring aortopathy.

Doctoral Award
Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI)

ARUP scientist Thomas Haven received the Doctoral Award from the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI) for his presentation entitled Retrospective analysis of autoantibody diversity in pediatric patients undergoing evaluation for autoimmune encephalitis.

Outstanding Abstract Award
American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC), Endocrinology Division

ARUP scientist Sonia La’ulu received the Outstanding Abstract Award from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) for her abstract entitled Free thyroid hormone measurements in pregnancy: comparisons of immunoassays and mass spectrometry.

Best Case Study Award
American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI)

Eszter Lazar-Molnar, PhD, Erica F. Andersen, PhD, Julio C. Delgado, PhD, and ARUP scientist Tracie Profaizer won the Best Case Study Award from the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) for their presentation entitled Resolution of conflicting HLA assignment due to loss of heterozygosity in the HLA region by NGS typing.

Leo Dal Cortivo/Young Forensic Toxicologist Award
Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT)

ARUP scientist Lacy Taylor won the Leo Dal Cortivo/Young Forensic Toxicologist Award from the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) for her poster entitled Use of an internal hydrolysis indicator for monitoring β-glucuronidase activity.

2012–2015

Outstanding Abstract Award
American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC), Endocrinology Division

ARUP scientist Sonia La’ulu received the Outstanding Abstract Award from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) for her abstract entitled Zooming in on the low end: functional sensitivity of automated testosterone immunoassays.

Young Investigator Award
Mass Spectrometry: Application to the Clinical Lab (MSACL)
ARUP scientist Julie Ray received the Young Investigator Award, Mass Spectrometry: Application to the Clinical Lab (MSACL) for her poster entitled Aldosterone by LC-MS/MS: cost saving not at the cost of patient care.

Doctorate Award
Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI)

ARUP scientist Tom Haven received the Doctorate Award from the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI) in August 2014 for his poster entitled Detection of autoantibodies to leucine-rich glioma inactivated 1 and contactin-associated protein-like 2 receptors by recombinant cell immunofluorescence.

Jules Elias Excellence in IHC Award
National Society for Histotechnology (NSH)

ARUP scientist Sheryl Tripp received the Jules Elias Excellence in IHC Award from the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) in September 2014.

Young Investigator Award
Mass Spectrometry: Application to the Clinical Lab (MSACL)

ARUP scientist Carrie Haglock-Adler received the Young Investigator Award, Mass Spectrometry: Application to the Clinical Lab (MSACL) in March 2014 for her poster entitledReduced sample volume and simplified sample preparation in simultaneous measurement of antimony, bismuth, manganese, and zinc in whole blood using ICP-MS.

Young Clinical Scientist Award
Association of Clinical Scientists (ACS)

Frederick G. Strathmann, PhD, received the Young Clinical Scientist Award: Technology Development in May 2013.

Technologist Award
Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP)

ARUP scientist Kelli Sumner received the Technologist Award from the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) for her poster entitled Using a loop-out primer for identification and prevention of MEN1 genotyping errors caused by G-quadruplex and i-motif-like sequences.

Technologist Award
Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP)

ARUP scientist Mohammed Jama received the Technologist Award from the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) for his poster entitled A retrospective study of 200 fragile X samples using AmplideX mPCR: improved workflow, data quality, and concordant results relative to Southern blot analysis.

2009–2011

Distinguished Abstract Award
National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB)

ARUP scientist Sonia La’ulu received the Distinguished Abstract Award from the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) for her abstract entitled Pediatric reference intervals for alpha-fetoprotein on 2 immunoassay analyzers.

Young Investigator Award
Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI)

ARUP Institute scientist Brenda B. Suh-Lailam, PhD, received the Young Investigator Award from the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI) for her poster entitled Performance evaluation and subsequent laboratory experience with the anti-NMDA receptor antibody assay for the diagnosis of autoimmune limbic encephalitis.

AMP Technologist Awards
ARUP Institute scientists Jonathan Schumacher and Derek Vanhille received the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) Technologists of the Year awards for their posters, titled respectively A pyrosequencing-based test for quantitative monitoring of the BCR-ABL T315and Development of a rapid single-tube gap-PCR assay for hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) due to large deletions within the beta-globin cluster. AMP technologist awards recognize the best abstracts submitted by AMP members who are non-doctoral technologists or medical technologists.

Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award
Laura Parnas, PhD, has been awarded the 2009 Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS).

Heidi Heniger (a participant of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Utah/ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology) received the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI) Young Investigator Award for her abstract Aquaporin-4 receptor autoantibody detection by enzyme linked immunosorbant assay.

Publication of the Year
The Journal of Biomolecular Techniques (JBT) has chosen an article written by members of the ARUP Institute for Clinical & Experimental Pathology—Mark Kushnir, Alan Rockwood, and David Crockett; and co-authored by Peter Mrozinski—as publication of the year. Thearticle, entitled A depletion strategy for improved detection of human proteins from urine, appeared in the April 2009 issue.

Doctorate Award
Thomas R. Haven, PhD, received the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI) Doctorate Award for his abstract Different frequency histogram patterns in patient sera with and without P/Q-type voltage gated calcium channel autoantibodies.

Award Finalist
ARUP Institute staff scientist G. Denice Smith’s poster was a finalist for the Geno Saccomanno, MD, New Frontiers in Cytology Award.

Phabian Award
ARUP Institute senior scientist, Mark Kushnir, received the Phabian Award for his thesisMass spectrometric applications for diagnosing metabolic and endocrine diseases. The Phabian Award is presented by the Swedish Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the best thesis defended in Swedish universities in the field of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis.

Best Student Poster
ARUP Institute staff member, Joann L. Cloud, received the Best Student Award from the Walden University Research Symposium, Winter Session, January 2009, for her poster entitled Estimating histoplasmosis prevalence using antigen detection laboratory results.

Poster Award
ARUP Institute senior scientist, Mark Kushnir, received an award from the Pediatric and Maternal-Fetal Division of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) for his poster entitled LC-MS/MS reference intervals for androgens in serum of children.

2007–2008

AMP Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics
ARUP medical director, Carl T. Wittwer, MD, PhD, is the distinguished recipient of the Association for Molecular Pathology's (AMP) Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics. This award is given to recognize lifetime, pioneering and special achievements by professionals in the fields of molecular biology, molecular pathology, pathology, genetics, microbiology, and basic medical sciences.

AMP Technologist Award for Outstanding Basic Applied Research in Poster Format, Third Place
ARUP Institute staff member, Mohammed Jama, BS, CLSp(MB), received this award from the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) for his poster, TT26 direct PCR from whole blood.

AMP Technologist Award for Outstanding Basic Applied Research
Shale Dames received this award from the Association for Molecular Pathology.

ASRM Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Knowledge
Dr. Wayne Meikle received this award for his prize paper, Effect of weight loss after roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery on the male reproductive hormonal profile.

Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology Pathologist in Training Award
A poster, authored by three ARUP Institute staff, won the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology Pathologist in Training Award at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology's 96th annual meeting in San Diego, CA.

Gedailo and Sonia Grinberg Endowed Award
Dr. Josef Prchal won this award for being the leading expert on polycythemia vera to give Grand Rounds at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY.