Department of Pathology
Melissa Pessin is recognized as a national leader in improving the efficiency and quality of laboratory operations through the optimized use of automation and informatics. Her research interests include new diagnostic test development, clinical informatics, and appropriate laboratory test utilization. Her clinical informatics work is focused on improving the use and presentation of clinical laboratory data, including its use in big data analytics.
Her work has been published in Blood Cancer Discovery, Nature Communications, JAMA Oncology, Academic Pathology, Nature, Annals of Surgery, Leukemia, and Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Pessin received her BS summa cum laude in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, and a PhD in neuroscience and MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her postdoctoral fellowship was at The Rockefeller University, followed by a residency in pathology at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Most recently, she was the chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.