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Our team of pathologists represent the various pathology subspecialties across both the clinical and research sectors. In addition to their research investigational interests, they also espouse the urgency of a clinical pathologist. Each of our pathologists are encouraged to explore their interest areas and formulate services that benefit our clientele. Please contact us for a consultation with our pathologists.

MarkKockx Mark Kockx, MD, PhD. Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Kockx founded Histogenex Laboratories in 2001. At the University of Antwerp, Belgium, Dr. Kockx pioneered methodologies to elucidate apoptotic and cytostatic response of cancer patients after treatments with targeted therapies. His subsequent collaborations with global pharmaceutical companies led to the founding of Histogenex Laboratories.

Dr. Kockx is an internationally recognized pathologist-scientist who has operated on the forefront of personalized medicine developments. He continues to lead initiatives to standardize biomarker analysis practices in addition to adapting novel technologies. Dr. Kockx has been extensively involved with the clinical trials that led to the approval of well-known targeted therapies such as EGFR, BRAF and MEK inhibitors. His current passions are two fold. He is introducing practices and workflows for next generation IHC, combining innovations of multiplex staining, quantification and image capture. He has also developed an Immunomics program, a state of the art biomarker program that supports the evolving and numerous needs of immunotherapy development.

Dr. Konstantinos Avraam, M.D., Ph.D.Dr. Konstantinos Avraam, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Konstantinos Avraam is a surgical pathologist from Greece who currently works in Histogenex's pathology department. Dr. Avraam attended the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) where he earned his medical degree in 2004 and received the title of certified pathologist in Athens (Greece) in 2011. He obtained his PH.D from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2012. Dr. Avraam received his postgraduate training in dermatopathology in 2016 in Evangelismos Hospital in Athens where also completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology. His areas of expertise include oncopathology examining samples from the gastrointestinal, gynaecological and central nervous system and mainly from skin tumors especially melanoma. Dr. Avraam previously worked as a military doctor in the Department of Pathology in the 251 Hellenic Air Force hospital where he examined thousands of biopsy slides of different organs.

Hassina DjedaimiHassina Djedaimi, M.D. Dr. Hassina Djedaimi has been a recognized pathologist since 2015 and currently works in Histogenex's pathology department. She has a strong background of skin and gynecological pathology. Previously, she worked in UZBrussel where she examined thousands of slides of breast and digestive pathology and regularly performed autopsies.

Monika Updated Monika Lamba Saini, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Monika Lamba Saini is a pathologist-scientist with proven skills in microscopy and diagnosis of benign and malignant diseases of different organs, with special interests in thyroid, breast and soft tissue. She comes with extensive experience in molecular pathology and research as she worked on molecular profiling of different types of thyroid carcinoma for her PhD at the Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium. Her research interests center on signal transduction pathways, cancer biology, immunobiology and digital pathology. She is a member of professional organizations like ASCO, EORTC Head and Neck Group, and ESMO.  She is  the author, co-author and peer reviewer of many national and international scientific publications, and an invited speaker at  various international platforms. 

MiriamMiriam Marichal, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Marichal is emeritus Professor of Pathology at Free Brussels University (VUB) and former Head of the Department of Pathology at VUB-University Hospital. During her academic career, she was responsible for the courses in General and in Surgical Pathology to graduate medical and biomedical students and for the postgraduate training of residents in pathology. Dr. Marichal has published several articles in the fields of pathology, diabetes, islet cells and transplantation. She has a particular interest in endocrine-, gastrointestinal- and uro-pathology. Dr. Marichal has served many years in the Executive Committee of the European Society of Pathology. 

IMG 7466Emil Nakov M.D., Anatomic Pathologist Dr. Emil Nakov works in HistoGeneX's clinical pathology department. His area of expertise is in oncopathology, examining samples from the breast, the lung, and the urogenital and gastrointestinal systems. He also specializes in neuroendocrine pathology. Previously, Dr. Nakov previously worked in the Department of Clinical Pathology in the Military Medical Academy of Bulgaria. He has examined thousands of biopsy and cytology slides and regularly performed intraoperative express examinations and autopsies.

Dieter Peeters, M.D., Ph.D.Dieter Peeters, M.D., Ph.D., is a surgical pathologist who joined HistoGeneX in August 2018. He received his medical degree from the University of Antwerp in 2009 after which he worked in translational cancer research for five years. His research focused on the isolation and molecular characterization of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in patients with metastatic breast cancer, a topic on which he obtained his PhD in 2016. At HistoGeneX, he dedicates most of his time to the subspecialties of breast and prostate cancer pathology and to the further exploitation of CTC applications HistoGeneX is offering. Apart from his work at HistoGeneX, Dieter Peeters also works in a clinical laboratory that provides pathology services for three hospitals in the wider Antwerp area.

Diana Stanoeva, M.D, Ph.D.Diana Stanoeva, M.D., Ph.D., came to HistoGeneX from the diagnostic pathology world challenged by our professional role and the impact of the pharmaceutical industry on the growing need of new responsibilities of pathologists in a field which links larger collaboration, provides feedback on pre-analytic factors, quality assurance, and develops testing algorithms. It is a welcome work shift that allows her to play outside the routine pathology lab and inside oncology as a whole. Dr. Stanoeva graduated and worked as a pathologist in a university hospital in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She holds a Ph.D. on placental changes in pathological pregnancies.

Schneck Mary 2 previewMary Schneck, M.D. Dr. Mary Schneck is a pathologist in Hinsdale, Illinois and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Adventist Glen Oaks Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She received her medical degree from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr Vallera Headshot Edit 1 2 previewDino Vallera, M.D. Dr. Vallera attended the University of Chicago, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences. He earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, where also completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Following residency, he completed a Fellowship in Cytopathology and Fine Needle Aspiration pathology at the University of Illinois Medical Center with Dr. Richard Mac DeMay. Dr. Vallera has been in private practice at Adventist Hinsdale and La Grange hospitals, Adventist Glen Oaks and Adventist Bolingbrook hospital. He has been Regional Medical Director of the Adventist Midwest Laboratories since 2006. He has also served in many leadership roles for the Medical Staff, and is currently serving as President of the Medical Staff for AMITA Adventist Medical Centers, Hinsdale and La Grange. 

PeterVPeter Vermeulen, MD, PhD., Surgical Pathologist Dr. Peter Vermeulen spans histological and molecular technologies and has authored nearly 200 publications. Peter will lead our Patho-Imaging laboratory section and will also serve as a Principle Investigator for various studies. He is certified in multiple subspecialities and has deep clinical (especially breast cancer) and research (especially tumor vascularization) experience.

FouadFouad Al Zouhbi, M.D. Dr. Fouad is an anatomic pathologist from Syria, working in HistoGeneX's clinical pathology department since November 2017. His areas of expertise include oncopathology, ENT pathology and Hematopathology. Dr. Fouad previously worked from 2015-2017 in the UCL Saint-Luc university Hospital in Brussels. He also has previous experience as chief of pathology in Sudia Arabia and assistant pathologist in Brugmann university hospital in Brussels.