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Daniel Farkas, PhD

Daniel Farkas, PhD
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Department Laboratory Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About Daniel Farkas, PhD

Daniel H. Farkas, PhD, HCLD (ABB), CC, CLSp(MB), FACB, is Section Head of Molecular Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic and on the faculty of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Prior to that he was Chief Clinical Laboratory Officer for Celmatix in New York City where he established its CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited genomics-of-infertility laboratory. Prior to Celmatix, Dr. Farkas was the lead laboratory director for Sequenom Laboratories with facilities in Morrisville, NC; San Diego, CA; and Grand Rapids, MI and oversaw these molecular diagnostics laboratories committed to maternal fetal medicine. Previously, Dr. Farkas had been Executive Director of the Center for Molecular Medicine in Grand Rapids, a collaborative genomics initiative between Spectrum Health and the Van Andel Institute. Dr. Farkas has established three hospital-based molecular diagnostics laboratories (St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ; Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI; and The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX) and done two stints in the biotechnology industry. Dr. Farkas served on the American Association for Clinical Chemistry Board of Directors from 2007-2009 and has served on three College of American Pathologists Committees, notably for nine years on the Molecular Pathology Resource Committee and currently on the Molecular Oncology Committee. Dr. Farkas was the first professional certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) in Molecular Diagnostics (1996) and served six years on ABB's board. Dr. Farkas has been President of the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), its Program Chair, and is a past AMP Leadership Award winner. He is a member of the FDA Clinical and Molecular Genetics Devices Panel. He has been on the faculties of Michigan State University (MSU), Baylor College of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Beaumont Hospital's Medical Technology program. Dr. Farkas earned a BS degree in Microbiology and Public Health from MSU and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Farkas has lectured internationally and published widely on molecular diagnostics, including his latest book: “DNA From A to Z and Back Again.”

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Monsanto Environmental Health Laboratory
St. Louis, MO USA

Graduate School - SUNY Buffalo
Cellular & Molecular Biology
Buffalo, NY USA

Undergraduate - Michigan State University
Microbiology/Public Health
East Lansing, MI USA

Professional Highlights

  • President, Association for Molecular Pathology, 2003

Specialty Interests

Molecular Diagnostics, Precision Medicine, Genomics

Awards & Honors

  • Association for Molecular Pathology Leadership Award Winner, 2007
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/19/2021, Dr. Farkas has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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