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11.18.2014

Dr. Mustafa Tekin to Lead Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics

Mustafa Tekin, M.D., professor of human genetics, has been named Chief of the Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics. Tekin assumed his new role November 17.

“I am proud to be a part of a department that is conducting cutting-edge research to find the best ways to translate genomic information into patient care,” Tekin said. “One of my goals is to expand our clinical services into other specialties where genetic evaluations may benefit patients.”

An internationally renowned expert on genetic characterization of a variety of disorders, Tekin has a particular interest in hearing loss, and his laboratory has discovered numerous novel genes for human diseases. Board certified in clinical, molecular, and medical biochemical genetics, he received his medical degree with honors from Ankara University School of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey, where he also completed his pediatric training.

Tekin, who completed his genetics training at Virginia Commonwealth University, joined the Miller School of Medicine faculty in 2008.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Tekin at the Miller School,” said Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., Interim Chair of Human Genetics and professor of human genetics and neurology. “His international reputation in clinical genetics, as well as his outstanding NIH-funded research program, represents a role model for the future development of medical genetics. He is very keen to expand genetic services into more areas of medicine, especially cancer genetics, and I am confident Dr. Tekin will do great work in his new role.”

The Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics provides state-of-the-art clinical and diagnostic in- and out-patient services for patients of all ages with genetic disorders, including a large and expanding spectrum of diseases, such as inborn errors of metabolism, neuromuscular diseases, cardiovascular diseases, Fragile X syndrome, Huntington disease, deafness and cancer. With clinics at the Miller School, University of Miami Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and in Kendall, Weston, Deerfield Beach, and Boca Raton, the division also is the designated newborn screening referral center for South Florida.

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