Cheryl Garganta, MD, PhD

Phone: 352.594.0488

Email: cgarganta@ufl.edu

Biography: 

Clinical Interests
Biochemical genetics
Biochemical markers of disease

Education
1995: Ph.D., human genetics, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia; Thesis: Biochemical studies of mammalian lipoamidase activity; Advisor: Barry Wolf, M.D., Ph.D.
1991: M.D., Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
1983: Master of Science, biochemistry, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Thesis: Characterization of the deficiency of a metalloendopeptidase from murine kidney
Advisor: Judith Bond, Ph.D
1981: Bachelor of Arts, chemistry, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts
Thesis: Phase transfer catalysis and ultrasound- an effective combination for the preparation and addition of dichlorocarbene to a Δ5 steroid
Advisor: Bojan Jennings

Postgraduate Training
1998 - 2001: Residency, clinical and biochemical genetics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
1991 - 94: Internship and residency, pediatrics, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Academic Appointments
2014 - Present: Associate professor, University of Florida Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, Gainesville Florida
2011 - 14: Assistant professor, Tufts Medical Center Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
2005 - 14: Clinical geneticist, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2005 - 14: Assistant professor, pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
2005 - 14: Director, metabolic laboratory, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2002 - 04: Assistant professor, Yale University Department of Genetics, New Haven, Connecticut
2001 - 04: Director, Biochemical Disease Detection Laboratory (BDDL), Yale University Department of Genetics, New Haven, Connecticut
2001 - 02: Instructor, Yale University Department of Genetics, New Haven, Connecticut

Hospital Appointments
2014 - Present: Pathology and pediatrics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
2006 - 15: Attending in pathology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2005 - 14: Attending in pediatrics, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2001 - 04: Attending in pediatrics, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
1995 - 98: Pediatrician, Western Massachusetts Pediatrics, Holyoke, Massachusetts
1994 - 95: House pediatrician, Children's Hospital, Richmond, Virginia
1993 - 95: House Pediatrician, St. Mary's Hospital, Richmond, Virginia

Teaching Responsibilities
2012: Basics of chromatography, Pathology Rounds, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2012: Research preceptor for four high school students, Tufts School of Medicine Teachers and High School Students, Boston, Massachusetts
2012: –omics series of three lectures, Pathology Rounds, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2011: Mass spectrometry basics, newborn screening, pathology rounds, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2010 - 14 (three times/month): Scientific writing workshops and discussion of topics related to mass spectrometry, inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs), testing for IEMs and molecular genetics testing with pathology residents, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2010 - 12 (monthly): Discuss coagulation and hemoglobinopathy testing with pathology residents, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2010: Chromatography in the clinical lab; specialized metabolic testing; pathology rounds
2009: Chromatography and mass spectrometry in the clinical lab, specialized testing for metabolic disease. pathology rounds
2008: Research preceptor for two high school students, Tufts School of Medicine Teachers and High School Students
2008: Preceptor, Tufts School of Medicine first year medical student, metabolic laboratory
2007 - 08: Preceptor, medical technologist from Saudi Arabia learning techniques used in biochemical genetics laboratory
2007 - 09: Clinical receptor, Boston University genetic counseling students
2007: "Metabolic Emergencies,” lecture for pediatrics residents, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2007: Research preceptor for two high school students, Tufts School of Medicine Teachers and High School Students
2007: Clinical preceptor, first-year medical student, Tufts School of Medicine
2006 - 07: Preceptor, Boston University genetic counseling students
2006: Research preceptor for two high school students, Tufts School of Medicine Teachers and High School Students
2005: Teaching attending in pediatrics, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2003: Advisor for minority undergraduate students doing research in my laboratory
2003: Co-instructor for human molecular genetics, gave seven lectures including non-Mendelian genetics, population genetics, epigenetic phenomena and methods for studying gene function
2002: Co-instructor for human molecular genetics, gave seven lectures including non-Mendelian genetics and genetics of hearing loss, repeat expansion conditions and skeletal dysplasias
2001 - 04: Multiple lectures given to genetics residents and at off-site clinics to pediatricians, obstetricians and obstetrics residents on a variety of genetic topics
1999 - 2004: Lecturer (non-Mendelian genetics) and small group leader for medical genetics course for second-year medical students at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

Medical Licensure
Florida, unrestricted license ME120970
Massachusetts, unrestricted license 80976 (expired 8/2015)

Board-Certifications
American Board of Medical Genetics (2002035), clinical geneticist and clinical biochemical geneticist, September 2002, recertified 2012, expires December 2022; participant in MOC
American Board of Pediatrics (053335), October 1994; recertified January 2002 (expired 2008)
Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, July 1992

Membership in Professional Organizations
American Society of Human Genetics
Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders
Society for the Study of Inherited Metabolic Disease
American Association of Clinical Chemists

Other Professional Activities
Observer, CLSI Newborn Screening by Tandem Mass Spectrometry; (I/LA32-A), July 2010. Wrote chapter 17 (Additional Assays); active participant in document editing
Invited speaker, CPSA Metabolomics, February 2015, Gainesville, Florida, Metabolic Disease Testing: More than Organic and Amino Acids, Acylcarnitines and Inborn Error