Spring 2014

Bianchi Named to Institute of Medicine

Geneticist is recognized with elite national honor

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Diana W. Bianchi, the Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts School of Medicine and founding executive director of the Mother

Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center, was inducted into the the elite ranks of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the organization’s 43rd annual meeting in October. She was one of 70 new members elected in 2013.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized alongside so many exceptional clinicians and scientists,” said Bianchi, the vice chair for pediatric research at the Floating Hospital for Children. “Medicine and technology are rapidly evolving. I look forward to working with my fellow IOM members to improve pediatric and obstetric clinical care, while simultaneously addressing the multiple challenges associated with health-care reform.”

Bianchi’s translational research focuses on prenatal genomics and seeks to advance noninvasive prenatal DNA diagnosis and use the fetal transcriptome to develop new fetal therapies. A practicing medical geneticist with special expertise in reproductive genetics, she has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and is one of four authors of the book Fetology: Diagnosis and Management of the Fetal Patient.

She received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, completed postgraduate training at Boston Children’s Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

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