Dr. Tsai received his undergraduate training at the University of California, Los Angeles (B.S., Biochemistry, summa cum laude), followed by combined medical and graduate training at the University of Southern California (M.D., Ph.D., Biochemistry). He completed anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP) residency and hematopathology fellowship at Stanford University, receiving board certification in AP/CP and hematopathology. As an instructor, he performed clinical diagnostic duties on the hematopathology service while doing postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Sean Bendall, with funding from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.
His current research focus is in diagnostic uses and implementation of mass immunophenotyping (mass cytometry and multiplexed ion beam imaging), particularly for blood tumors such as lymphomas and leukemias. This includes biomarker development, protocol optimization, quality control, and reducing costs using computational analysis with potential automation through artificial intelligence/machine learning. Combining his diagnostic practice with knowledge of clinical laboratory testing, access to primary patient samples, and postdoctoral work in mass immunophenotyping, he seeks to advance the routine diagnosis of hematopoietic diseases using these emerging technologies.
His clinical diagnostic duties are on the hematopathology service, primarily in the diagnosis of lymphomas, leukemias, and other hematopoietic diseases from blood, bone marrow, and tissue samples.
- Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Assistant Professor - Med Center Line, Pathology
Honors & Awards
Fellow, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (2016-2019)
Medical Education: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Registrar (2010) CA
Fellowship: Stanford University Hemapathology Fellowship (2015) CA
Residency: Stanford University Pathology Residency (2014) CA
Board Certification: Hematology, American Board of Pathology (2015)
Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology (2014)
PhD, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Biochemistry (2008)