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Dr. Parul Jayakar, MD, MS, FAAP, FACMG
Clinical Geneticist
Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL, USA


Dr. Parul Jayakar is board certified in clinical genetics, cytogenetics and pediatrics. She is the director of the hospital’s state-of-the-art Cytogenetics Laboratory, and has extensive experience in evaluating children with suspected neurogenetic and metabolic disorders. She collaborates with experts around the world in the diagnosis and research of rare, complex, genetic disorders. Dr. Jayakar is also a consultant for the hospital’s Craniofacial Center.


She earned her medical degree from the University of Delhi, India, and completed postgraduate training in pediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians. She also has a master’s degree in Human Genetics from the University of Manitoba, Canada. She completed her pediatric residency at Miami Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jayakar has published numerous professional papers, and is a member of several professional societies.


James C. DiPerna
Manager of Operations
PerkinElmer Genetics, Bridgeville, PA, USA


Jim is currently the Manager of Operations at the Mass Spectrometry (MS/MS) Laboratory at PerkinElmer Genetics in Bridgeville, PA, USA. He has been working with MS/MS and Newborn Screening (NBS) since 1993. He has helped implement, refine and maintain the current MS/MS method used by many NBS laboratories around the world and has trained personnel from several NBS laboratories. Jim has co-authored several peer-reviewed published manuscripts related to MS/MS and NBS. He is also a co-inventor on a US patent application for analysis of Thyroxine (T4) by MS/MS. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.


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