Ep14 - Challenges of COVID Testing From the Experts Who Make It Happen

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020
In today’s episode, we reached out to four diagnostic experts across the United States to share their experiences in bringing on SARS-CoV-2 testing in their laboratories. We asked them to share the biggest challenge they faced and also share one thing with the listeners of Computationally Yours that isn’t common knowledge about this testing. Dr. Sabah Kadri takes our listeners through some basics of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing and lays out these unique challenges from our guests. Thank you to our guests - Dr. Karen Kaul (Chair of Pathology and Lab Medicine Northshore Univ Health System), Dr. Eric Konnick (Assistant Professor, Associate Director - Genetics and Solid Tumor Laboratory, Director - Genetics Pre-analytical Services at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology University of Washington), Dr. Julie Woolworth Hirschhorn (Assistant Professor, Associate Director Molecular Pathology at Medical University of South Carolina) and an unnamed molecular pathologist at a large hospital in Texas.

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Guests

Challeneges of Covid testing

Challeneges of Covid testing

From left-right: Dr. Eric Konnick (Assistant Professor, Associate Director - Genetics and Solid Tumor Laboratory, Director - Genetics Pre-analytical Services at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology University of Washington), Dr. Karen Kaul (Chair of Pathology and Lab Medicine Northshore Univ Health System), Dr. Julie Woolworth Hirschhorn (Assistant Professor, Associate Director Molecular Pathology at Medical University of South Carolina) and an unnamed molecular pathologist at a large hospital in Texas.

Hosts

Sabah Kadri, PhD

Sabah Kadri, PhD

Dr. Sabah Kadri has a background in Computer Engineering with a PhD in Computational Biology from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Kadri leads a team of bioinformaticians and scientists to design, develop and implement cloud-based computational infrastructure and containerized bioinformatics software in clinical diagnostic services for germline and somatic next generation sequencing (NGS) testing. She has experience building clinical diagnostics pipelines and systems for adult and pediatric diseases and continues to work on informatics solutions and research questions for translational ‘omics’ and biomedical research to promote personalized medicine.


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