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Dr. April Harkins

April L. Harkins, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)

MU CLS Shines at National Meeting

There was a strong MU CLS presence at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), July 17-21, in Los Angeles, California.


Dr. April Harkins, Assistant Professor in CLS, won the Scientific Poster Award Professional Category with her presentation of Analysis of Adhesive and Biofilm Abilities of non-albicans Candida.  This is the 3rd time in 5 years that Dr. Harkins has taken home this national award.

Dr. Harkins also was awarded an ASCLS Education & Research Fund Grant for her biofilm research along with co-investigators E. Hill, K. Landis-Piwowar, and P. Tille of South Dakota. 

Cuifen Li, a 2012 graduate in Clinical Laboratory Science, won the Undergraduate Student Category Scientific Poster Award for presentation of her research, VerifyNow® P2Y12 Test in Clopidogrel and Aspirin Combination Therapy.  MU CLS students have presented scientific research posters at each of the last 4 national meetings and have won the Undergraduate Poster Award 3 times in those 4 years.


In addition to the presentations mentioned above, MU CLS faculty made these presentations at the ASCLS meeting:


State Delegates

Dr. April Harkins and Dr. Linda Laatsch, CLS Department Chair and Associate Professor, served as elected Wisconsin Delegates to the ASCLS Annual Meeting.

National Committee Leadership:
the following appointments were made by Dr. Linda Smith, ASCLS President:


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