Christopher N Vlangos, PhD, FACMG


Molecular Diagnostics
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Assistant Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
Office: (804) 828-9564
Fax: (804) 827-4738

Christopher Vlangos, PhD, FACMG joined the Department of Pathology in 2015 and is currently an Assistant Professor and serves as Assistant Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory.  Dr. Vlangos is board certified in Clinical Molecular Genetics and Genomics by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.

Dr. Vlangos received his PhD from Michigan State University in Genetics where he was mentored by Dr. Sarah Elsea.  His graduate work helped to identify the gene causing Smith-Magenis syndrome.  After graduate school Dr. Vlangos went on to complete two basic science postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan.  In the laboratory of Dr. Friedhelm Hildebrandt he was part of a team of researchers who identified numerous genes causing nephrotic syndrome.  He then worked with Dr. Catherine Keegan in the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Genetics using mouse models to understand the genetic pathways critical in embryonic caudal development.  Dr. Vlangos’ postdoctoral research using next generation sequencing to identify the gene responsible for the classic Danforth’s short tail mouse phenotype resulted in awards from the University of Michigan, the International Mammalian Genome Society, and the American Society of Human Genetics.   

Dr. Vlangos completed his clinical genetics training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.  In addition to his clinical training, he was involved in a project expanding clinical and laboratory genetic services to Wisconsin’s Amish population.  Dr. Vlangos’ current focus at VCU is on validation and implementation of clinical next generation DNA sequencing for inherited disorders; including whole exome sequencing.  The inherited next generation sequencing program will bring state of the art diagnostic genetic services to VCU.  The data generated in the clinical lab will also be used in identification of novel genes for human disorders. 

Clinical Specialties: Clinical Molecular Genetics