Precision Genomics Laboratory

The Precision Genomics Laboratory (PGL) is a partnership between the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology and the Institute for Genomic Medicine (IGM) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center to provide clinical-grade, high-throughput genomic sequencing. The laboratory is CLIA-certified and has adopted a quality management system to assess and continuously improve the delivery of services to meet the needs of patients.

PGL is committed to the culture of quality and safety, with periodic audits of laboratory operations for compliance with stated requirements. Laboratory management reviews all audit findings with the quality assurance committee of the Department of Pathology & Cell Biology and develops plans for improvement of operations with both the Department of Pathology & Cell Biology and IGM.

The overall aim is to maintain continuous improvement through anticipatory planning. Long-term strategic planning related to equipment, test volume, technology, staffing, and regulations is an integral part of the plan. The plan is designed to maintain compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, organizational policies, clinical professional standards, and ethical standards.

The Laboratory Director ensures that the program is coordinated with others in the institution and that the plan is implemented as designed. The Laboratory Director and Laboratory Owner are jointly and separately responsible for laboratory operations.

Mission Statement

PGL will provide clinical-grade, high-throughput genomic sequencing to serve Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (CUIMC-NYPH) patients (and beyond), the research community at CUIMC, and collaborators. PGL will aim to translate the university-wide Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) into clinical practice, and will make every effort to engage and coordinate with other PMI efforts. As part of its mission, PGL will develop a clinical research program with the aim to provide high-quality training in NGS-based diagnostics for medical students, residents, and fellows.

Services/Diagnostic Menu

We are currently offering the following services

  • Cystic Fibrosis Genetic Carrier Testing
  • CLIA DNA extraction and banking for local PMI studies

Cost

For prices and billing or any other information, please contact us at pglsupport@cumc.columbia.edu

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Our Group

Leadership

  • David Goldstein, PhD 
    Professor and Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine
  • Kevin Roth, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Steven Spitalnik, MD
    Clinical Consultant and Professor and Vice-Chair, Laboratory Medicine
  • Vimla Aggarwal, MBBS, FACMG
    Director, Precision Genomics Laboratory
  • Joann Li, Department Administrator
    Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Jessica Burns, CPA
    Department Administrator, Institute for Genomic Medicine

Faculty

  • Vimla Aggarwal, MBBS, FACMG
     Director, Precision Genomics Laboratory
  • Jun Liao, PhD
    Assistant Director, Precision Genomics Laboratory

Lab Members

  • Odelia Nahum, M.Sc.
    Laboratory Supervisor
  • Michelle Saliba
    GAF Laboratory Administrator
  • Vinera Younis
    Senior Clerk
  • Marisa Vomvos
    Technologist

Bioinformatics

  • Kai Ying, PhD
    Director of Bioinformatics

Genetic Counseling

  • Anya Revah Politi, MS, CGC
    Genetic Counselor

Director

Vimla Aggarwal, MBBS, FACMG

Director, Precision Genomics Laboratory

Contact

Precision Genomics Laboratory
701 West 168th Street, 14th floor
New York, NY 10032
United States