Department Directory

Department leadership 

Esther Biswas-Fiss headshot

Esther Biswas-Fiss, Ph.D., MB(ASCP)CM

Department Chair, Medical and Molecular Sciences
Director, Graduate Programs in Medical Sciences
Director, Programs in Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Program Advisor, Molecular Diagnostics Minor and Certificate

Office Location:
305J Willard Hall

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Department Faculty Members 

Mona Batish headshot

Mona Batish, PhD

Assistant Professor

232 Delaware Biotechnology Institute

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Donald C. Lehman Headshot

Donald C. Lehman, Ed.D., MLS (ASCP) CM, SM(NRCM)


305H Willard Hall

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Paula A. Melancon Headshot

Paula A. Melancon, M. Ed., MT(ASCP)

Clinical Education Coordinator

305F Willard Hall

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Sam Biswas headshot

Sam Biswas, PhD


301B Willard hall

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Huey-Jen Lin headshot

Huey-Jen Lin, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)

Associate Professor

303B Willard Hall

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Vijay Parashar Headshot

Vijay Parashar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

231 Delaware Biotechnology Institute

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Academic Program Directors

Leslie M. Allshouse Headshot

Leslie M. Allshouse, M.Ed., M.B.A., MLS (ASCP)CM

Department Vice Chair
Senior Instructor
Director, Medical Laboratory Science
Program Advisor, Post Baccalaureate Categorical Certificate in MLS
CHS Director of Curriculum

305E Willard Hall

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Denene Lofland Headshot

Denene Lofland, Ph.D., FACSc, MT(ASCP)

Associate Professor
Director, Medical Diagnostics
Program Advisor, Medical Diagnostics Minor
Affiliated Faculty, Plant & Soil Sciences Microbiology Graduate Program

303C Willard Hall

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Virginia Hughes Headshot

Virginia Hughes, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP)CM, SBB

Associate Professor
Director, Medical Diagnostics (Pre-PA)

303D Willard Hall

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Name Title Email Phone Office
Jodi Allen Administrative Assistant 302-831-8400 305 Willard Hall
Susan Coffing Academic Advisor
Program Advisor, Genetic Counseling Minor 302-831-8804 305F Willard Hall
Diana C. Levering Academic Support Coordinator 302-831-2849 305K Willard Hall
Kyle Protack Laboratory Coordinator 302-831-4212 305D Willard Hall
Heather A. Walters Laboratory Coordinator 302-831-4212 305D Willard Hall
Name Title Email
Anna P. Ciulla, MCC, MLS (ASCP)SC, CC(NRCC) Professor Emeritus
Raelene Maser, PhD, MT(ASCP) Professor Emeritus
Mary Ann McLane, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM Professor Emeritus
Name Title Email
Karen R. Brinker, M. Ed., MLS (ASCP)CM Adjunct/Supplemental Faculty
University of Delaware
Zohra Ali-Khan Catts, M.S. LCGC Director, Genetic Counseling Services
Co-Director, Masters in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling
Thomas Jefferson University
Sheau Ching Chai Assistant Professor
Behavioral Health and Nutrition
University of Delaware
Eric Chandler, MLS (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Scientist
Mallory Chimmel, MSFS DNA Analyst
The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory
Jasmine Fuentes, MLS (ASCLS) Technical Service Technician
Integrated Chemistry In-Vitro Diagnostics
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
Lindsey M. Hardy, MHA, MLS (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Scientist
ChristianaCare, Department of Microbiology
Marie Kuczmarski Professor
Behavioral Health and Nutrition
University of Delaware
Katy Koluch, MLS (ASCP)CM Medical Laboratory Scientist
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Scott Kleckner, MS Corporate Security
Global Investment and Technology Firm
American Society for Industrial Security
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
Association of Retired Delaware State Police
Eric B. Kmiec, Ph.D. Director, Gene Editing Institute
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
Danyella Lopez-Juarez, MLS (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Scientist I
ChristianaCare Blood Bank
Christine Miller, B.S., MLS (ASCP)CM Adjunct/Supplemental Faculty
University of Delaware
Michael Monge, MLS (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Scientist II
ChristianaCare Department of Pathology
Kawal Jeet Narula, PhD Adjunct Faculty
Medical and Molecular Sciences
University of Delaware
Beth Ranauto, MT(ASCP) Adjunct Microbiology Instructor
University of Delaware and Cecil College
Vipul Shah, MBA;MLS(ASCP);DLM(ASCP)CM Clinical Labs, Division Manager
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Professional Medical Technologist, Penn Medicine
Adjust Faculty, University of Delaware
Jessica Smith, M.S., D-ABFT-FT Chief Forensic Toxicologist
State of Delaware Division of Forensic Science
Richard A. West, M.S. Flow Cytometry Core Manager/Associate Scientist
Delaware Biotechnology Institute
University of Delaware