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Name: Dr. Yassmine K. Akkari

Job Title: Scientific Director, Cytogenetics Services and Molecular Pathology FISH Laboratory

Company: Legacy Laboratory Services

Basic Job Description: I am the clinical director for the cytogenetics and molecular laboratories. A typical day involves the analysis of patient specimens, directing the operation of a clinical laboratory and signing out patient reports.

What were your graduate studies in? What aspects of your graduate training do you feel have made you more successful in your position? Molecular Genetics. It allowed me to appreciate the scientific method and approach test development and validations in a methodical way to ensure quality.

What was your career path after leaving graduate school? I did a research post-doc, then transitioned into a clinical fellowship in Cytogenetics and Ph.D. Medical Genetics. After which, I passed the National Boards exam to be able to sign out patient genetic results and counsel patients.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job? What are your favorite aspects of your job? Most challenging: ensuring rapid turnaround time while maintaining the highest quality in patient care.

My favorite aspects are the clinical diversity of genetics, the daily learning, interacting and educating the staff, and providing patients with answers.

Do you have any other useful advice for graduate students interested in your field that hasn't been covered yet? Clinical laboratory medicine is a very fulfilling career. It has allowed me to stay in the field of genetics without having to worry about grant writing and funding. Providing answers to families and patients about a genetic syndrome allows better surveillance, treatments, and services they will need. It truly represents personalized medicine.

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