Anita Olsen seated on a bench

Physics Grad Wins Young Investigator Award

Anita Olsen, who graduated in May with her Ph.D. in nanoscience with a primary training in physics, received the 2018 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Laboratory Hematology (ISLH). The award was presented to her at the organization’s 2018 conference in Brussels, Belgium. The ISLH is the premier professional association focused on clinical laboratory methods for detecting blood disorders.

Her abstract, “Nanotechnologies for rapid, sensitive detection of structural variants in lymphomas and leukemias,” was one of two chosen from more than 400 to be presented in a special plenary session during the conference.

Collaborators on the abstract include Andrey Mikheikin, Sean Koebley, and Jason Reed from the Department of Physics, Loren Picco and Oliver Payton from the Interface Analysis Centre, H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory, Bristol, UK, Bud Mishra from the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU, and Amir Toor and Alden Chesney from the Massey Cancer Center and VCU School of Medicine.

The award highlights a multi-year collaboration between the Jason Reed lab in the Department of Physics and Drs. Alden Chesney and Amir Toor at Massey Cancer Center. Dr. Chesney is the chief of hematopathology at the VCU Medical Center and Dr. Toor is a leading physician in the VCU bone marrow transplantation center.