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Division Director: Dr. Alexander "Craig" Mackinnon, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. 


The goals and missions of the Division of Genomics Diagnostics & Bioinformatics (GDB) are to provide clinical, teaching and research expertise throughout the UAB academic medical center.The Division of GDB is subdivided into three sections: molecular oncology, molecular hematopathology, and bioinformatics facilitating sub-specialization across several areas of molecular genetic pathology.  The GDB also offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship training in Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP).  

The GDBDivision works closely with UAB Hospital’s Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory to offer a wide range of molecular diagnostic testing to aid the diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutic decision for infectious diseasescancer, and pharmacogenomics.  The molecular lab utilizesa range of modernmolecular techniques and analyticsincluding Next Generation Sequencing of DNA and RNA, for the UAB Health System.  Bioinformatics supports identification and classification of genetic variants, reporting results of molecular tests, and clinical genetic data management across several testing platforms. In addition, the Division has expertise in informatics and provides computational and bioinformatics support in various clinical, translational, research, and educational projects.  The Division of GDB is actively engaged in developing a robust genomic and bioinformatic infrastructure to support the community of scientists and clinicians associated with the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center (OCCC), the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), and the Informatics Institute.

Division Leadership

  • Darshan Chandrashekar, M.Sc., Ph.D.  

  • Yulong Fu, Ph.D.

  • Shuko Harada, M.D.

  • Alexander Craig Mackinnon, Jr, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Diana Morlote, M.D.

  • Nirumpama Singh, M.D., Ph.D.