ASCP’s 40 Under Forty program spotlights 40 highly accomplished pathologists, pathology residents, and laboratory professionals under age 40 who have made significant contributions to the profession and stand out as leaders who will help shape the future of pathology and laboratory medicine. The Division of Clinical Laboratory Science within UNC’s Department of Health Sciences is pleased to share that three alumni made the 40 Under Forty list in 2022.
Dr. Letycia Nuñez-Argote teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in laboratory sciences as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her Ph.D. training is in Health Policy and Management and her research seeks to integrate safety practices to address pain, burnout, and turnover in laboratory professionals, and to understand the staffing needs of rural laboratories. Nuñez-Argote said the following about the UNC CLS program, “I do not have enough words to thank you, and everyone involved with the program for all you have done and continue to do on behalf of learners and laboratory professionals. You are a huge part of our lives, and you are the catalysts to many of our successes.”
Lauren Frady is a lead scientist on the Assay Development team at Q2 Solutions, a clinical trial laboratory services organization in Durham, NC. She currently serves as a subject matter expert on Ion Torrent NGS technologies, and has also contributed to the development, optimization, and validation of assays across a variety of platforms. Frady said, “I am so grateful for the training and support that I received through the MDS program at UNC. I certainly would not be here without you and the experience that I gained through both the tailored courses and fantastic internship.”
Dr. Kyle Rodino is an alum of the BS CLS program. He is an assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and serves as an assistant director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was formerly a medical technologist in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC, and is board certified in medical microbiology. Dr. Rodino is interested in optimizing clinical diagnostics, including the development and data-driven use of advanced molecular diagnostics, elevating the role of medical technologists and laboratory medicine on the healthcare team, and educating the next generation of residents and fellows through interprofessional educational opportunities.