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September 22, 2021

HNL Career Fair

Interested in a career at HNL Lab Medicine?

Join us at our next Career Fair, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 1 pm – 5:30 pm.

Located at 794 Roble Rd, Allentown, PA 18109-9110 (PARKING LOT)
On-the-spot interviews will be conducted

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September 08, 2021

Martin K. Till, New President and CEO of HNL Lab Medicine, Starts with Strategic Plan to Accelerate Growth

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HNL Lab Medicine, a regional leader in high quality, innovative laboratory medicine services, announces the official start of Martin K. Till as president and CEO, transitioning from Matthew R. Sorrentino, Esq., who will retire Oct. 15 and continue in a consulting capacity for the next year.

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July 16, 2021

HNL Lab Medicine Announces a New Patient Service Center in Hazleton, Pa.

HNL Lab Medicine, a regional leader in high quality, innovative laboratory medicine services, announces the opening of a patient center at 550 West Broad Street, Hazleton, Luzerne County. Patients can access this facility Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon. https://www.hnl.com/Hazleton 

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July 07, 2021

HNL Lab Medicine Announces New Patient Service Center Location in Gateway Plaza, Chambersburg, Pa.

HNL Lab Medicine, a regional leader in high quality, innovative laboratory medicine services, is moving its Chambersburg patient center to the new Gateway Plaza, 497 Gateway Avenue. Patients can access this facility weekdays from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
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June 29, 2021

HNL Lab Medicine's Unseen Heroes

Presenting HNL Lab Medicine’s

Unseen Heroes Video — WATCH VIDEO

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Neval Akbas PhD

Associate Scientific Director, Chemistry/Special Chemistry

Dr. Akbas graduated from Istanbul Technical University with B.S degrees in chemistry and mathematics. She received her Master’s degree in bioanalytical chemistry from NEIU in Chicago and completed her PhD in biochemistry at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Dr. Akbas held a two-year post-doctoral research position focusing on clinical laboratory research in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Then she completed her Clinical Chemistry fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Prior to joining HNL, Dr. Akbas was part of the scientific leadership team in Central Laboratories at Medpace and served as the Associate Director of Clinical Laboratory. Dr. Akbas is a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. She also serves as a CAP Laboratory Inspector. 

Dr. Akbas specialized in clinical chemistry, immunoassay systems and biochemistry and has more than ten years of clinical research experience. Dr. Akbas is the author of many publications and presentations in the field of Clinical Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Publications:
Akbas, N.‡, Peavey, M.‡, Gibbons, W., Zarutskie, P., and Devaraj, S.*, “Optimization of estradiol assays to improve utility in an in vitro fertilization setting” Ann Clin Biochem., 2018, 55(1):113-120. ‡Contributed equally.

Roper, S.M., Michael, M., Brewer, E.D., Lee, L., Orjuela, A.H., Akbas, N., and Devaraj, S.*, “CYP3A5 genotyping may reduce the cost of care and guide dosing in paediatric renal transplant recipients treated with tacrolimus: A report of two paediatric renal transplant cases” AMJ, 2017;10(5):413-417.

Holland, M., Kraght, P., Akbas, N., Budd, J.R., and Klee, G.G.*, “Improved statistical methods for evaluation of stability of in vitro diagnostic reagents” Stat Biopharm Res., 2017, 9:3, 272-278.

Uluisik, R.C., Akbas, N., Lukat-Rodgers, G.S., Adrian, S.A., Allen, C.E., Schmitt, M.P., Rodgers, K.R., and Dixon, D.W.*, “Characterization of the second conserved domain in the heme uptake protein HtaA from Corynebacterium diphtheriae” J Inorg Biochem., 2017, 167:124-133.

Akbas, N., Gonzalez, G., Buffone, G. J., Grenache, D. G., and Devaraj, S.*, “A library of rare AAT variant phenotypes to aid in the diagnosis of α1-Antitrypsin deficiency” Am J Clin Pathol., 2016, 146(3):289-93.

Akbas, N.*, Budd, J.R. and Klee, G.G., “Multiple calibrator measurements improve accuracy and stability estimates of automated assays” Scand J Clin Lab Invest., 2016, 19:1-4.
Akbas, N., Draganova, E. B., Block, D. R., Sook, B. R., Chan, Y. F., Zhuo, J., Eichenbaum, Z., Rodgers, K. R., and Dixon, D.W.*, “Heme-bound SiaA from Streptococcus pyogenes: Effects of mutations and oxidation state on protein stability” J Inorg Biochem., 2016, 158:99-109.

Akbas, N., Gonzalez, G., Edwards, R., and Devaraj, S.*, “Assessment of liver function tests on Piccolo Xpress point of care chemistry analyzer in a pediatric hospital” Practical Laboratory Medicine, 2015, 3:1-7.

Akbas, N., Gonzalez, G., and Devaraj, S.*, “Evaluation of the lipid interference for Siemens BN ProSpec Cystatin C Assay using pediatric samples” Ann Clin Lab Sci., 2015, 45(5):562-4.

Agarwal S., Akbas, N., Soundar, E., Gonzalez, G., and Devaraj, S.*, “Validation of the procalcitonin (PCT) assay: Experience in a pediatric hospital” Clin Biochem., 2015, 48(13-14):886-90.

Draganova, E. B., Akbas, N., Adrian, S. A., Lukat-Rodgers, G. S., Collins, D. P., Dawson, J. H., Allen, C.E., Schmitt, M. P., Rodgers, K. R., and Dixon, D.W.*, “Heme binding by Corynebacterium diphtheriae HmuT: Function and heme environment” Biochemistry, 2015, 54(43):6598-609.

Akbas, N., Schryver, P.G., Algeciras-Schimnich, A., Baumann, N.A., Block, D.R., Budd, J.R., Gaston, S., and Klee, G.G.*, “Evaluation of Beckman Coulter DxI 800 immunoassay system using clinically oriented performance goals” Clin Biochem., 2014, 47(16-17):158-63.