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Leona W. Ayers

Title: Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology
Industry: Education
Type of Organization: University
Major Product/Service: Higher education
Expertise: Dr. Ayers is an academic pathologist certified by the American Board of Pathology in clinical and anatomical pathology with over 40 years experience in infectious diseases pathology with special emphasis on HIV/AIDS related malignancies. National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH) grants for 20 years have supported research and HIV/AIDS related cancer diagnosis capacity building in the U.S., sub-Saharan Africa and India. She is a member of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Graduate School faculty and has directed 26 graduate and professional students.
Geographic Area of Distribution: Ohio
Affiliations: International Society Biological and Environmental Repositories; College of American Pathologists; United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
University/Degree: B.S., Zoology, Duke University, 1962; M.D., with Honors, Duke University School of Medicine, 1967
Hobbies/Sports: Sailing, family activities
Honors & Awards: Outstanding Microbiologist of the Year, 1982; The Earline Kutscher Memorial Lectureship, 1991; Foundation Lecturer, National Foundation for Microbiology Lectures Program, 1998-2000; Elected, OSU Emeritus Academy, 2014
Published Works: Co-published 13 book chapters; 109 journal articles; 236 abstract/posters with consortium members
Career Accomplishments: Dr. Ayers organized and implemented the Sub-Saharan Africa Lymphoma Consortium with pathologist participants from East Africa (Uganda, Kenya), West Africa (Nigeria), South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town) and Europe. Dr. Ayers served as a leader in the first workshop in India on Research Methodologies for the study of HIV/AIDS associated malignancies. She has been an invited speaker for 256 presentations at regional, national and international meetings and workshops.