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Pathology Welcomes New Faculty: Drs. Bilal, Boyden, Conway, Davick and Gupta

Dr. Mahmood Bilal
Mahmood Bilal, PhD

Dr. Mahmood Bilal received his Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences in 2010 from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine where he also attained medical technology certification – MLS (ASCP). He received a PhD in Immunology in 2015 where he specialized in CD4+ T cell signal transduction and genetic modification of human primary immune cells. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in immunology at the University of Iowa from 2015-2016 and then joined the CPEP medical laboratory immunology fellowship from 2016-2018 at the Clinical Immunology Laboratory located in Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He then served as the Assistant Director of the Clinical Immunology Laboratory until July 2020. 

Dr. Bilal is currently the Director In-Training of the Tissue Typing Laboratory located within the Iowa City VA Medical Center. Dr. Bilal is certified in molecular diagnostics by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (DABCC) and the American Board of Bioanalysis (TS/ABB). His research interests include transplantation and nutritional immunology and understanding how human endogenous retroviruses affect T cell activation. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, practicing martial arts and understanding other scientific disciplines.

Dr. Alexander Boyden
Alexander Boyden, PhD

Dr. Alex Boyden completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Iowa in the laboratory of Dr. Nitin Karandikar and has joined the Department of Pathology as a Research Assistant Professor. Alex works with Dr. Karandikar’s group on innovative multiple sclerosis (MS) projects, and is particularly interested in the cellular and molecular interactions governing the immunopathology and regulation of MS. To this end, Alex has made several novel contributions in understanding the potent regulatory function of myelin-specific CD8 T cells during the mouse model of MS, and has recently developed a novel, B cell-dependent mouse model of MS, which could impact the way researchers study B cell function in demyelinating disease. Alex hopes his research endeavors will drive towards a novel therapeutic for MS patients.

Dr. Kyle Conway
Kyle Conway, JD, MD

Dr. Kyle Conway was born in Crandon, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he earned a B.A. in political science in 2005. He went on to earn his J.D. at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and practiced law for several years, including a judicial clerkship with the Hon. Randolph Peterson of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Hon. David T. Prosser, Jr. of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He received his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2016, and completed a combined program in anatomic pathology and neuropathology at the University of Michigan. Kyle's academic interests include forensic neuropathology, neurodegenerative disease, neuromuscular pathology, and the intersection of law and medicine.

Dr. Jonathan Davick
Jonathan Davick, MD

Dr. Jon Davick is an Iowa native – he was born in Iowa City and grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. He attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota for undergrad, majoring in chemistry, and returned to Iowa for medical school where he was a Pathology Extern (2013-2014). After graduating medical school, he matched at the University of Virginia for AP/CP residency. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in pediatric pathology at Children’s Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is excited to be back in Iowa City with his wife (Katie) and dog (Owen). In his free time, he enjoys listening to and playing music (trumpet, piano, guitar, and bass).

Dr. Sarika Gupta
Sarika Gupta, MD

Dr. Sarika Gupta completed her medical education from the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. She then joined a five-year Anatomical/Surgical pathology residency program at National University Hospital [NUH] in Singapore. She was conferred the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath), UK at the completion of exit requirements in 2013. She then moved to the US and joined the Anatomical and Clinical Pathology Residency Program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2014 and thereafter completed a fellowship in Cytology in 2020. She joins us as a Clinical Associate in Pathology.

Dr. Gupta has authored many publications related to her interest in cytopathology and its integration with molecular pathology along with newer modalities of obtaining cytological sampling.  In addition, she has interest in expanding the role of immunochemistry on cytology samples and preparations. Her areas of interest in surgical pathology include breast and gynecological pathology among others.  She feels interacting with medical students, residents and fellows, while teaching and learning from them is the best part of working in academics.  In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, read, travel and explore diverse cultures and cuisines.

Monday, November 30, 2020