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Hana Aviv, Ph.D.


I have been a director of Cytogenetic Laboratories for over 25 years. Although my experience includes all aspects of Cytogenetics, I have been engaged in Cancer Diagnostics, with special emphasis on hematological malignancies for the last 13 years. The volume and complexity of tests has grown steadily since the Laboratory’s opening in 2005, and today we handle more than 6,000 tests annually. My research interest lies in the development novel genetic markers for diagnosis of disease type, disease progression and response to specific pharmaceutical agents.

Present Title:

Associate Professor
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
10/04 to Present

Administrative Title:
Director of Cytogenetics
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
04/05 to Present

Office Address:
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
One Robert Wood Johnson Place – MEB 212 
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Clinical Expertise:
Cytogenetics and Cancer Cytogenetics

Research Expertise:
Genomic Instability and Tumor Progression
Clinical Investigations

Undergraduate Education:

Fordham University
New York, NY
B.S., Biology

Graduate Education:
New York University
New York, NY
M.S., Biology
Ph.D., Biology

Postgraduate Training: 
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Piscataway, NJ
Fellowship, Clinical Medical Genetics and Cytogenetics
Center for Human and Molecular Genetics

Academic Appointments:
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Instructor of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School  
Associate Professor of Pathology
10/04 to Present
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
05/05 to Present

Hospital Appointments:
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Director, Cytogentics
04/05 to Present 

Laboratory Director Specialty License, Field of Cytogenetics
State of New Jersey

09/93 American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG)
09/93 Subspecialty in Cytogenetics
ABMG Recertification (Expires December 31, 2012)

Professional Organizations: 
American College of Medical Genetics
American Society of Human Genetics
Human Genetics Association of New Jersey, Treasurer
Association of Genetic Technologists
Association of Molecular Pathology
Children’s Oncology Group

Selected Publications:

  • Aviv, H., Khan, M.Y., Skurnick, J., Okuda, K., and Aviv, A.  Age dependent aneuploidy and telomere
    length of the human vascular endothelium. Atherosclerosis  2001; 159:281-287
  • Aviv, H., Tang, D., Das, K., Harrison, J.S., Hameed, M., and Varma, M. Simultaneous appearance of
    trisomy 8 and trisomy 12 in different cell populations in a patient with untreated B-Cell
    chronic lymphocytic leukemia and myelodysplasia. Leuk and Lymph 2004; 45:1279-1283
  • Tsai, J.Y., Aviv, H., Benevenia, J., Chang, V.T., Patterson, F., Aisner, S., and Hameed, M. Her2/neu and
    p53 in Osteosarcoma: An immunological and fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis. Cancer
    Investig 2004; 22:17-25
  • Aviv, H., Wolf, R., Davis, S.E., and Wallerstein, R.  Fetus with a de novo supernumerary marker
    chromosome 16 and multiple abnormalities detected on ultrasound. Prenat Diagn 2005; 25:616-628
  • Hudacko R, Aviv HA, Langenfeld J, Fyfe B.  Thymolipoma: Clues to pathogenesis revealed by Cytogenetics  Annals of Diagnostic Pathology 2009;13(3):185-188