Histopathology and Tissue Shared ResourcePersonnel
Bhaskar V.S. Kallakury MD: Director of the Histopathology and Tissue Shared Resource (HTSR) is a board certified academic practicing pathologist with expertise in translational research involving several human cancers, notably of genitourinary origin. On the clinical side, Dr. Kallakury has specific expertise in the areas of renal, hepatic, transplant and hematopathology and diagnostic electron microscopy. Dr. Kallakury has approximately 250 scientific publications including peer reviewed articles, published abstracts from presentations at national and international meetings, invited review articles and book chapters. Dr. Kallakury oversees all operations of the HTSR, supervises the activities of resource personnel in the surgical pathology suite, and Co-Chairs the Biospecimen Use Committee for prioritization of tissue disbursement. Dr. Kallakury provides assistance in the review and interpretation of slides, selection of appropriate paraffin blocks, and pathology consultation pertaining to all animal and human tissues. Dr. Kallakury is a Professor of Pathology with appointment in MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, maintains clinical privileges at the Georgetown University Hospital and serves as an active liaison between the University and Hospital which is key to all ongoing and future translational research activities.
Deborah L. Berry, PhD: Co-Director for the Histopathology and Tissue Shared Resource (HTSR) is a research scientist with a doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University and a post-doctoral fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Berry is a Research Assistant Profressor of Oncology with 20 years of experience in basic research and over 15 years experience in histology. Dr. Berry has expertise in the area of programmed cell death and autophagy and was the first to demonstrate an in vivo role for autophagy in developmental cell death (Berry and Baehrecke, Cell 2007). Dr. Berry oversees the day to day operations of the histology and IHC laboratories and is available for consultation on any histology and IHC related procedures.
Angela Dixon, MS: Manager of the Human Tissue Bank (HTB) for the Histopathology and Tissue Shared Resource (HTSR) possesses a unique background with a master's degree in bioinformatics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in biology from Tuskegee University. Ms. Dixon is an experienced disease surveillance database manager having worked in the clinical field and at the national level. Ms. Dixon has served as the head of MRSA surveillance at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and also as manager of the E. Coli, Salmonella, and Listeria databases within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At HTSR, Ms. Dixon oversees the day to day functioning of the Human Tissue Bank and aids investigators in fulfilling their human tissue/database related research requirements.