June 1, 2020

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Cytogenomics, molecular genetics labs director joins UMMC faculty

Medical Center leadership is proud to announce the following addition to its faculty and leadership staff.

Fariborz Rashid-Kolvear, Ph.D.

Portrait of Dr. Fariborz Rashid-Kolvear

Dr. Fariborz Rashid-Kolvear has recently joined the School of Medicine as an associate professor of genetics and director of cytogenomics and molecular genetics laboratories at UMMC.

He is also a clinical associate professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Rashid-Kolvear has served as director of the Cancer Cytogenetics Laboratory and Cytogenetics Fellowship Program in addition to signing out molecular hematology tests performed at the Molecular Hematology Laboratory in Calgary.

After receiving an associate degree in medical laboratory sciences from the Faculty of Medicine, Hamedan Medical University, Iran, Rashid-Kolvear earned a doctorate in clinical laboratory sciences at Shaheed Beheshti Medical University, Tehran, Iran. He later received a Ph.D. in molecular pathology from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, in 2008 and completed a fellowship in clinical cytogenetics in 2010 at McMaster University, Faculty of Medicine, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and a fellowship in diagnostic molecular genetics in 2015 at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, University of Calgary.

An active member of several professional societies, including the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists and the International Children Oncology Group, Rashid-Kolvear is the author or coauthor of 24 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 16 scientific posters. He has given 24 invited presentations internationally.