2014-02-20 / Community

Molecular diagnostics at NMU obtains $250K boost


Kaylee Rowe (left), a 2012-13 freshman and student Courtney Ridolphi are pictured in NMU’s molecular diagnostics lab. 
Submitted photo Kaylee Rowe (left), a 2012-13 freshman and student Courtney Ridolphi are pictured in NMU’s molecular diagnostics lab. Submitted photo MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University’s clinical laboratory sciences programs will receive $250,000, disbursed over five years, from the Cliffs Natural Resources Foundation. The funding will expand the scope of the CLS molecular diagnostics laboratory in the West Science Building.

It will also establish a $50,000 Cliffs Endowed Scholarship to assist CLS students with costs associated with training at clinical agencies, including Mayo Clinic. Other planned uses are to provide molecular training for the current laboratory workforce and high school educators, offer summer molecular workshops for elementary/secondary students, and facilitate interdisciplinary genetics-based research initiatives with NMU students.

“We will now be able to move forward with the molecular diagnostics initiative to meet the demand for professionals with this specialized training, “said Linda Riipi, associate dean of the School of Clinical Sciences. “Molecular diagnostics, or ‘personalized medicine,’ is the fastest-growing and most rapidly changing area in the clinical laboratory. It utilizes each person’s unique genetic ‘signature’ to diagnose disease.”

Riipi said NMU is one of eight universities nationwide that offers an accredited program in diagnostic molecular science.

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