Cytogenetics Services

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Open Monday-Friday 7:30am-7pm; Saturday 8am-4pm
Lab Phone Number: 804-628-2986 (MCV-CYTO)
or Call Client Services 804-828-PATH (828-7284); 1-800-363-9234

 

The Cytogenetics Diagnostic Testing Lab offers expert genetic interpretation of constitutional (blood, products of conception; prenatal specimens [chorionic villi; amniotic fluid]) and cancer-related (bone marrow; bone core biopsies; fresh solid tumors; touch preps; formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissues/tumors) specimens, with the goal of providing high quality and timely results to enable clinicians to attain the most accurate diagnosis possible. We use “state of the art” test procedures, including copy number microarray methods, fluorescent in situ hybridization methods, spectral karyotyping methods, and classical banding chromosomal methods.

 

Tests Performed

Full List of Tests (pdf)

  • Classical chromosomal studies - can be completed on bone marrow; bone core; blood; products of conception; solid tumor; amniotic fluid; chorionic villi.
  • Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) studies - can be completed on fresh or formalin fixed paraffin embedded samples from bone marrow; bone core; blood; buccal smears; products of conception; solid tumor; tumor touch preps; amniotic fluid; chorionic villi.
  • DNA copy number microarray studies – can be completed on blood; bone marrow; products of conception; solid tumor [fresh or formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue]. Information about this test can be obtained here‌ (pdf).
  • Spectral karyotyping studies – can be completed on fresh tissue yielding chromosomes from bone marrow; bone core; blood; products of conception; solid tumor; amniotic fluid; chorionic villi.

 

Specimen Handling

All pertinent information is available upon request and can be accessed from Specimen Handling Requirements‌ (pdf) or by contacting a representative from pathology client services: (804) 828-PATH {828-7284} or 1 (800) 363-9234.

 

Cytogenetic Research Laboratory

Information about the research lab (and ongoing research studies) can be found on the website for the research lab.  If you have questions about the research lab please contact Colleen Jackson-Cook (see contact information below).

 

For Further Inquiry Contact

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Cynthia Urick

Laboratory Manager
Office: (804) 628-2986 (MCV-CYTO)
Fax: (804) 828-4242
Cynthia.Urick@vcuhealth.org

Colleen  Jackson-Cook, PhD

Colleen Jackson-Cook, PhD

Molecular Cytogenetics
Professor of Pathology
Director of the Cytogenetic Diagnostics Laboratory
Colleen.Jackson-Cook@vcuhealth.org
Office: (804) 628-2992
Fax: (804) 828-4242