Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

New Chair Brings Research and Teaching Experience to the Role

Serving Students in the Clinical Sciences

Sumit Dinda wearing a white lab coat stands in front of two students wearing lab coats and gloves and using a pipet.

icon of a calendarJanuary 27, 2020

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Dr. Sumit Dinda provides support to Clinical Diagnostic Sciences (CDS) Department as the new acting chair. 

Dinda earned his Ph.D. from Oakland University in 1999 and taught part-time at OU for several years while working in the pharmaceutical industry. He accepted a full-time position in the School of Health Sciences in 2006, where he teaches courses in pathology and medical biochemistry.  He also holds an adjunct appointment in biology where he teaches endocrinology.

Dinda’s research focuses primarily on the ways in which hormones interact with breast cancer cells. Most recently, he presented his work at the Endocrine Society’s annual conference and showed that Bisphenol S (BPS) — a common chemical used in the plastics industry — can increase the aggressiveness of breast cancer cells. 

Dinda is proud of the CDS department’s focus on providing students with exceptional instruction and the opportunity to take part in research.  

“We train our students with the skills they need to pursue clinical or research-based careers in the healthcare industry,” Dinda says. “We’re especially strong in undergraduate research, which sets us apart from other universities in Michigan. This gives our students a real advantage when they are applying for graduate school, professional school, or jobs in their fields.”

“Throughout my time at OU, I’ve trained over 20 undergraduate students,” he said. “They’ve published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.  And other professors in the department have had similar successes, too.”

Looking toward the future in his new role, Dinda is excited to continue providing CDS students with the wealth of opportunities available to them in the department. 

“This is a great department for students to learn and grow,” he said. “We continue to enjoy celebrating the successes of our graduates.”

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