Choosing Our Center
Our highly trained laboratory professionals are skilled at handling the unique needs of children and families.
Meet our team:
Morgan A. Pence Ph.D., D (ABMM)
Morgan A. Pence, Ph.D., D (ABMM) has been a clinical microbiologist with Cook Children's Medical Center since 2014. She graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign in 2006. Her senior thesis was titled "Breeding and survival of novel and dystonic mouse lines and characterization of Dyt1 knock-in and knockdown mice." Dr. Pence received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from The University of California, San Diego in 2012 after completing her dissertation on "Molecular genetic analysis of bacterial antimicrobial peptide resistance phenotypes." She subsequently completed a Clinical Microbiology fellowship in 2014 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Pence has professional affiliations with The American Society for Microbiology, Southwestern Association of Clinical Microbiology, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology and Infectious Diseases Society of America. She serves on the hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Infection Control Committee and Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee.
Matthew Shashack, Ph.D.
Matthew Shashack, Ph.D. has been a clinical chemist at Cook Children’s Medical Center since 2017. He graduated magna cum laude with a BS in biology from Texas Lutheran University in 2004. Dr. Shashack received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 2011. He subsequently completed a clinical chemistry fellowship in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2014. Dr. Shashack has professional affiliations with the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.
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