Histopathology and Tissue Shared ResourcePersonnel
Dr. Brent Harris is a physician-scientist and neuropathologist who joined the GUMC faculty as an Assoc Professor of Neurology and Pathology and Director of Neuropathology on the tenure line in 2010. He was among the first MD/PhD students to graduate in the newly formed MD/PhD Program at Georgetown University in 1995. Following Georgetown, he headed West to do his residency and fellowship in anatomic pathology/neuropathology at Stanford University and stayed to do a post-doctoral fellowship in neurobiology where we studied glial-neuronal interactions in disease and synaptogenesis. Dr. Harris took his first faculty position at Dartmouth Medical School where he helped establish and direct the ALS Center of DHMC. He was recruited to GUMC to fill a growing need in translational neurosciences at the Medical Center. Dr. Harris has clinical appointments at MGUH, Howard Univ Hospital, and the Washington VA Medical Center and serves as consultant for the Dept of Justice, DC Medical Examiner's Office, and the NIMH/NIH Human Brain Collection Core. He serves on the editorial boards for several scientific journals and is currently the Chair for the DOD ALS Therapeutic Idea Study Section. Dr. Harris is an active educator and serves as Module Director and Course Director for Medical and Graduate School courses. He is also the Director of the Georgetown Brain Bank. Dr. Harris' research interests include fluorescence guided resection of CNS tumors, neurodegeneration, and traumatic brain injury. His laboratory has funding from NIH, foundations, and philanthropic sources, and he is an active collaborator with investigators here at GUMC and other institutions.
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 Professor of Oncology with 20 years of experience in basic research and over 15 years experience in histology including co-authorship of Insect Histology: Practical Laboratory Techniques (2014). 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.