Benjamin Darbro, MD, PhD

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Director, Shivanand R. Patil Cytogenetics and Molecular Laboratory
Associate Professor of Pediatrics - Medical Genetics

Contact Information

Primary Office
W101 GH
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
319-356-3877

Education

BS, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Nebraska Wesleyan University
MD, Medicine, University of Iowa
PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Iowa
Resident, Clinical Pathology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Fellow, Molecular Genetic Pathology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Resident, Clinical Pathology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Licensure and Certifications

Iowa Permanent Physician License

Research Summary

My research concerns the emerging field of genomic medicine. In the clinical laboratory we are interested in how new high throughput technologies can be applied in a clinically appropriate fashion. We are particularly interested in the clinical laboratory application and quality control of whole genome single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays, comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) arrays and whole genome and/or exome high throughput DNA sequencing. In the research laboratory our focus is on discovering genetic determinants of intellectual disability/cognitive developmental delay as well as recurrent genomic aberrations in both solid tumors and hematopoietic malignancies that can aid in diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutic decision making.