Jen Simmonds

Summary Jen engages in all technical aspects of the histopathology workflow from start to finish, including grossing, tissue processing, paraffin embedding, microtomy, routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Immunohistochemistry (IHC)/special staining, and digital whole-slide imaging. Background Jen earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology from UNC Charlotte, then completed her post-baccalaureate training in histology at… Continue reading Jen Simmonds

Vicky Lor

Summary Vicky provides support in the histology laboratory, specifically tasks related to specimen handling, accessioning, processing, scanning archiving and routine preparation of microscopic slides as well as support in maintaining laboratory instrumentation and ensure cleanliness. Additional to laboratory tasks, Vicky assists with office related administrative responsibilities including but not limited to, upkeep of documentation, ordering… Continue reading Vicky Lor

Cornelius “Con” Moran

Summary Con is implementing and validating a Laboratory Information System to support AcelaBio’s workflow and is looking forward to supporting the AcelaBio team in accomplishing the grand vision of the laboratory and its services. Background Con received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Cal-Poly Pomona and continued his post-graduate education, obtaining an MBA with… Continue reading Cornelius “Con” Moran

Pamela Vizcarra

Summary Pamela is responsible for maintaining and managing the laboratory and staff in a CLIA/CAP accredited environment. She also supports validation of various histological procedures for implementation in the laboratory and will communicate and provide high quality data for our clientele in histopathology. In addition, Pamela will assess new technologies to drive innovation in the… Continue reading Pamela Vizcarra

Mark Valasek

Summary Dr. Mark Valasek is responsible for ensuring that the overall operation and administration of the laboratory is in accordance with federal and state regulations, including oversight of the quality management plan to ascertain provision of accurate and reliable testing results. Background Dr. Valasek is a physician-scientist and a practicing gastrointestinal and liver pathologist focused… Continue reading Mark Valasek

Niels Vande Casteele

Summary Dr. Niels Vande Casteele oversees and directs all business and scientific aspects at AcelaBio. He sets the organization’s vision and mission, develops and executes strategic and operational plans and oversees employees, ensuring engagement and compliance. Niels leads and protects the organization’s culture, values, diversity, and reputation. Background Dr. Vande Casteele is trained as a… Continue reading Niels Vande Casteele