Hui-Jia Dong, Ph.D., HCLD(ABB)
- Implementing new technologies in molecular laboratory diagnostics;
- New test development; and
- Laboratory management.
Dr. Dong directs UF PathLabs’ laboratory molecular test development, in addition to our resident in molecular rotation, and is actively involved in numerous clinical trials and translational research; her research interests include molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis, especially epigenetics pathway in solid tumors.
Joining the University Florida Pathology Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine in 2005 with a position in basic/translational research, Dr. Dong worked to identify the antigen for the Hep Par 1 antibody, as well as the C-kit gene mutation rate in primary adenoid cystic carcinoma of the salivary gland; and discovered a novel RNA isoform in α-1 antitrypsin-deficient patients (patented), which links to increased protein accumulation in liver.
Before her employment with the University of Florida, Dr. Dong worked in clinical diagnostics and biomedical research, where she held various laboratory positions and gained extensive pragmatic experience in clinical diagnostics and development.
Education & Training
- 2000 – 05 | Ph.D.: Thesis: Epigenetic Modifications in the Angelman and Prader-Willi Region of Chromosome 15, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
- 1997 – 99 | Clinical Laboratory Specialist (Molecular Pathology): Subject: Clinical Genetic Testing and Gene Print Testing, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
- 1996 – 97 | Scientific Technician II: Dr. Melvin Bosma’s lab, Subject: Molecular Mechanism of T-cell Receptor Gene and Immunoglobulin Gene Recombination in Immune Deficiency Disorder, Institute for Cancer Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
- 1994 – 96 | Scientific Technician II: Dr. Gary Bokoch’s lab, Subject: Functional Study of GTP-Binding Proteins in Cell Signal Transduction Pathway, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.
- 1990 – 94 | Scientific Technician: Dr. Melvin Bosma’s lab, Subject: Molecular Mechanism of T-cell Receptor Gene and Immunoglobulin Gene Recombination in Immune Deficiency Disorder, Institute for Cancer Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
- 1988 – 1990 | Visiting Scholar Division of Population Science: Subject: Hepatitis B Infection and Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
- 1986 – 88 | Research Assistant: Subject: Identification and Characterization of Anti-Tumor Antibiotics, Institute of Medicinal Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
- 1986 | B.S.: Shandong University, People’s Republic of China