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Alexander Mackinnon

Alexander “Craig” Mackinnon has become the inaugural director of the Division of Genomics, Diagnostics, and Bioinformatics in the Department of Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He will lead ongoing efforts to establish a Precision Diagnostic Laboratory at UAB. 

Mackinnon is a board-certified anatomical and molecular genetic pathologist. Previously, he was associate professor in the Department of Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he directed the Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory, which developed multiple sequencing-based panels targeting variants in both DNA and RNA. 

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