College of American Pathologists

  CAP Foundation/Abbott Molecular
  Pathology Training in Technology






Updated: October 31, 2005

About the Award
The CAP Foundation/Abbott Molecular Pathology Training in Technology Award provides support and advanced training in fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH); genetic testing, such as cystic fibrosis DNA testing; and HIV and HCV genotyping. The intent of the award is to give residents the opportunity to gain experience with technology not available in their institutions.

With funding available from Abbott, the CAP Foundation will award grants for up to three residents at $1,000 per resident for one to two months of advanced training for the 2004 academic year. This funding is intended to support travel and living expenses for one or two months. It is expected that the recipient's own institution will continue to provide for their salaries and benefits during the award period.

Applicants must be residents or fellows in pathology residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants must be CAP Junior Members or have submitted completed membership applications.

Selection Process
Awards are granted on, but not limited to, the following factors:

  • Need: technology is not available as needed at the applicant's institution
  • Scientific merit of the application: future use of technology
  • Value to the applicant
  • Letter of recommendation

Application Guidelines
Please use the CAP Foundation/Abbott Molecular Pathology Training in Technology Award application form. (PDF format, 67 KB)

Applicants are required to submit and/or complete the following information:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Name of their training program, and the name and location of the laboratory in which they wish to pursue training
  • Narrative Summary (no more than 500 words)
  • Supporting letter from the home institution’s residency program training director or department chair
  • Supporting letter from the director of the laboratory at the host institute where the training will take place

Application Deadline
New 2006 Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted quarterly, the second Friday in January, April, July, and October.

January 13, 2006
April 14, 2006
July 14, 2006
October 13, 2006

CAP Foundation award recipients:


Luzette K. Habib, MD, University of Michigan will train in Public Health Information Networking at the LA Public Health Department.

Mandana Mahmoodi, MD, Drexel University will train in Molecular hematopathology focused on lymphoma at the University of Pittsburgh.


Zsolt Jobbagy, MD, PhD, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, studied molecular diagnostics and cytogenetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Juan-Miguel Mosquera, MD, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, studied molecular diagnostic techniques and applications at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD.

Wei Xin, MD, PhD, from the University of Michigan Med. School will train one month on molecular genetic study in pancreatic neoplasia at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, Baltimore, MD.

Monica E. de Baca, MD, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will train one month on exposure to clinical & investigative molecular genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

Marina N. Nikiforova, MD, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, will train one month on real-time quantitative PCR and it’s application for molecular diagnosis at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

Abbott Laboratory award recipients:


Deepak Mohan, MD, University of Pittsburgh, will train in Tissue Microarray FISH and Automated Image Analysis at the University of California.


Wei-Qiang Zhao, MD, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, studied clinical and molecular characterization of soft tissue tumor using comparative genomic hybridization.

Neil A. Abrahams, MD, UT MD, Anderson Cancer Center, will train two months in solid tumor cytogenetics, FISH, and molecular diagnostic testing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Hunter Hearn, MD, University of Florida, will train one month on Microarray technology at Emory University.

Amit Lamba, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago, will train one month on specimen processing, slide preparation, chromosome recognition and FISH hybridization analysis and interpretation at the University of Chicago.

Visit this page for more information on applying. Residents may apply to learn other technologies as well under other CAP Foundation award opportunities.

Dr. Julia Bridge & Dr. Neil Abrahams    Dr. Julia Bridge and Dr. Neil Abrahams performing an in situ hybridization using a Vysis Instruments Hyb machine
Dr. Bridge &  Dr. Abrahams   Dr. Bridge showing Dr. Abrahams optimal technique for applying probes for an in –situ hybridization.
All   Dr. Abrahams with all members of Dr. Bridges Molecular Cytogenetic lab. From left to right: Jun Nishio, Neil Abrahams, Stuart Bridge, Jacque Bailey, Pamela Krallman, Julia Bridge and Xao Ming.

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