Scott Turner, PhD

Molecular Diagnostics

Scott Turner, PhDAssistant Professor of Pathology; Assistant Director of Molecular Diagnostics

Department: Pathology

Phone: (804) 828-9564

Fax: (804) 827-4738


Scott Turner, PhD, FACMG joined the VCU Department of Pathology in August 2018, serving as the Assistant Director of Molecular Diagnostics and Associate Director of the Laboratory Genetics and Genomics (LGG) fellowship program. He received his PhD in Genetics from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Pathology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and an American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He is a board certified Clinical Molecular Geneticist and Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)

Dr. Turner is an active member of the Association of Molecular Pathology (AMP) and the ACMG.  He serves on the Variant Interpretation Testing Across Laboratories (VITAL) and the Interpretation of Somatic Variants (ISV) working groups.  This work is designed to improve inter-laboratory reporting and developing standards and guidelines for reporting of somatic variants in solid and hematologic malignancies.

Dr. Turner’s primary research interests include incorporation of next generation sequencing technologies into the clinical laboratory through assay development and validation for both germline and somatic variant detection.  In addition, his work in the area of genetic variant reclassification has elucidated the clinical impact of changing laboratory classifications on patients with hereditary cancer syndromes.  He continues to be interested in exploring the mechanisms by which these reclassifications occur to improve upon current laboratory/community variant management and ultimately patient care.

Clinical Specialties: Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Molecular Genetics

 Dr. Turner Web CV (pdf)


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