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Elaine Keohane, PhD,
Professor and Chair

Deborah Josko, PhD
     Associate Professor       MLS Program Director


Nadine Fydryszewski, PhD
Professor DCLS
and MS-CLS Program Director

Shashi Mehta

Carol Caballero


Shashi Mehta, PhD,
Associate Professor

Carol Vilchez, MS,
Assistant Professor

Lois Rockson, MPH,
Assistant Professor



Cecilia Vallejo, MD
Associate Professor
Sean Ahrens, BS,
Instructor - MLS
Phlebotomy - Program Director








The department faculty have been very active in scholarship, research, and professional and community service activities. Some highlights are listed below.

Elaine M. Keohane, PhD, MLS (ASCP)CM SH, MB is Chairman of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Co-editor and author of four chapters for the 4th edition of Rodak BF, Fritsma G, Keohane, EM: Hematology: Clinical Principles and Applications to be published by Elsevier in 2011. Since March 2008, she has been teaching courses in Hematology to Clinical Laboratory Science students at Korea University in Seoul, Korea with host professor, Kyung Jin Cho, PhD using software that allows for live, two-way communication. She is also working with Carol Caballero and Karen Feeney (Bayshore Hospital) in conducting a staffing and vacancy survey of NJ clinical laboratories as part of an effort by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences-NJ to determine the extent of the current and projected clinical laboratory workforce shortage in NJ.

Deborah Josko, PhD, MLT(ASCP)M,SM is the Program Director for the Medical Laboratory Science Program. She recently (2014) published four articles in the Focus Section of the Journal of Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) on Next Generation Sequencing.  She was the recipient of the "Distinguished Author Award" for an article she wrote in fall of 2010 in the same journal entitled, "Molecular Virology in the Clinical Laboratory."  To date, Dr. Josko has 15 peer-reviewed publications in the CLS journal.  She also co-authored an article on “Ebola Virus Disease” in  ASCLS Today, March 2015.   Dr. Josko serves as a content expert in Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Immunology and edited a book chapter three times entitled, Vibrio, Aeromonas, Plesiomonas and Campylobacter species in the Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, Elsevier Health Sciences; served as the test bank writer for the 13th edition of the Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology textbook, Mosby, 2014; and was invited to be a reviewer for Turgeon: Immunology & Serology 5th edition, 2015. She is very involved with her professional organization the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) where her service consists of the following:  Consulting Editor: Clinical Laboratory Science journal; Contributing Editor: Clinical Laboratory Science journal; Reviewer: Clinical Laboratory Investigations - Online Case Studies; and Chair of the Abstract and Proposal Review Committee.  Her contributions were rewarded as she received the Omicron Sigma Service Award at the ASCLS national meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, 2015.  Dr. Josko was invited to present on the following topic Outcomes Assessment Model for a University-based MLS Undergraduate Program and Online CLS Graduate Program” at the ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference, Cincinnati, OH. February 2015.  At the same meeting she presented a poster along with her colleagues entitled;  “Development of a Capstone Project Course in a Medical Laboratory Science Curriculum.” She presented a poster at the American Society for Clinical Pathology Conference in Tampa, Florida in October 2014 entitled:  “Anaphylactic reaction after beef consumption due to the development of IgE antibodies against the carbohydrate galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose.”  As a result she was nominated as a finalist in the Best Education Practice category. In addition, she presented a poster entitled:  Unusual Case of Bacterial Prostatitis Caused by Methicillin-Resistant Staph aureus” at the ASCLS national meeting in Houston, Texas in 2013. Dr. Josko won the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009, was inducted into the Rutgers University Master Educators’ Guild (MEG) in September 2009, and was the recipient of the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” at Georgian Court University in 2008, Lakewood, NJ.  Dr. Josko serves and has served on numerous school, university, state, and national committees and is an Advisory Committee member for the School of Science at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ; the Florence M. Cook School of Medical Laboratory Science at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ; and the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. 

Nadine Fydryszewski, PhD, MLS, (ASCP)CM is the Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, and Track Coordinator for the MS in Health Sciences-CLS track program. Dr Fydryszewski is an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences. Recent speaking engagements include the  30th World Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science sponsored by the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science, August 2012, Berlin Germany, the 28th Annual Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference, February 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science 80th Annual Meeting, July 2012, Los Angeles, CA, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science - NJ Annual Spring Seminar & Lab Expo, April 2012, West Windsor, New Jersey, the 23rd Annual West Virginia Microbiology Symposium, September 2012, Wheeling, West Virginia,  and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) 2012 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. Dr. Fydryszewski and Dr. Keohane co-edited a book chapter entitled Clinical Laboratory Studies; In: Wilkins’ Clinical Assessment in Respiratory Care, 7th, 2012. Dr. Fydryszewski is active in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) at the state and national level, having served as state president several terms, various other leadership roles at the state and national level, and as Chair of the 2008 ASCLS National Meeting. Dr. Fydryszewski was inducted as a fellow in the Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity of Clinical Laboratory Science in 2007 in recognition for high achievement in clinical laboratory science. At the national level she is the recipient of the 2012 ASCLS Distinguished Author Award, and the recipient of the ASCLS-NJ 2012 Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Fydryszewski is currently conducting  a research study of undergraduate and graduate clinical laboratory science students’ perception of course quality related to the Seven Principles of Good Practice in Education in multiple course delivery modes – live vs. web-based vs. hybrid (web-enhanced).

Shashi Mehta, PhD, MT (AAB), CAGS joined the department faculty in 2007. His research focus is on the application of nanotechnology in cancer therapeutics. He received funding from the RBHS Foundation to study the enhanced cytotoxicity of pancreatic carcinoma with chemotherapy in a novel nanoparticle delivery system, and is also collaborating with the University of Rhode Island and the NJ Department of Health to determine the seroprevalence of West Nile Virus in birds. Last May, he was a co-presenter of a molecular biology all day workshop and presented a lecture on individualized therapy at the annual convention of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science - Central New England in Providence, Rhode Island. This May, he will present the Molecular Biology one day workshop again, as well as a lecture on molecular technology and the modern day technologist at the same meeting. Dr. Mehta is a member of the Workforce Committee and the Laboratory Systems and Standards Committee of the Association of Public Health Laboratories.  

Carol Vilchez, MS, MLS (ASCP)HCM is a 2005 graduate of the MLS Program who joined the department faculty in 2007. In addition to teaching Hematology I, she serves as the CLS department student laboratory resource manager and participates in teaching all the student laboratory sessions. She has been very active as the advisor for the student forum of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences-NJ by organizing and assisting the students with their Fall and Spring statewide meetings and educational sessions. She was the recipient of the Keys to the Future Award from the organization in 2009.

Lois Rockson, MPH, MAEd, SCT (ASCP)CM, CT (IAC), specialist in cytotechnology, joined the CT program in July, 2000.  She is currently a PhD student in the Urban Systems program with a focus in Urban Health. She has actively participated in high school career fairs in the Essex County high schools. She leads the Cytotechnology students and alumni in the Breast Cancer Walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society held annually in New York City. She recently led a cervical cancer screening service mission to Peru. She recently completed her research project entitled ”Ergonomics Practice Associated with Microscopic Use Among Cytotechnologists”, and is currently collaborating with the Department of  Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions on a grant funded project unentitled, “Usage of Preventive Medical Services Amongst Persons Enrolled in Publically Funded Mental Health Programs in New Jersey”.  Her research interests are in cancer health disparities.

Sean Ahrens, BS, MLS (ASCP)CM is a 2007 graduate of the MLS program who joined the department faculty in 2012. He worked as a clinical microbiologist at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for a number of years before returning to the MLS program. He is an Instructor for the MLS program, the Program Director of the Phlebotomy program, and involved in numerous research projects with the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He was the recipient of the Stanley S. Bergen Jr. Medal of Excellence.







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