Team

The BioExcel Diagnostics Team is comprised of an energetic and dedicated group of expert laboratory professionals and clinical scientists with a passion for providing innovative and precise laboratory testing to our clients.

We are seeking EXCELLENCE in molecular diagnostics and clinical genomics. Learn more about each member below.

Mehdi Dehghani

Ph.D., DABCC

PRESIDENT/LAB DIRECTOR

Dr. Dehghani is the co-founder and President of BioExcel Diagnostics. He is a 20-year veteran in molecular diagnostics and laboratory medicine, board-certified in molecular genetics with significant experience in molecular diagnostics. He has been involved in the development and clinical validation of numerous molecular diagnostic tests.

Prior to founding BioExcel Diagnostics, Dr. Dehghani served various laboratories as clinical lab director and chief scientific officer. He also served as Assistant Professor at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Division of Oncology. He is the author and co-author of various peer-reviewed publications. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in molecular medicine at the UT Institute of Molecular Medicine in Houston.

He is an active diplomate of the American board of clinical chemistry with board certification in molecular diagnostics. He is also Lean Six-Sigma certified with a proven ability to streamline and increase productivity and quality in clinical laboratories.

Kevin P. Rosenblatt

MD., Ph.D.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr. Rosenblatt is the medical director of BioExcel Diagnostics. He has more than 28 years of clinical and biomedical research and development experience in multiple settings, including academia, biotech, startups, and clinical practice, and he has published over 80 papers on cancer and neuronal biology, biomarker development, and clinical genomics and proteomics. Currently, he is Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of NX Prenatal, a prenatal diagnostics company developing assays for adverse pregnancy outcomes and conditions such as preterm birth. He is also currently President and Medical Director of Consultative Genomics, PLLC, a molecular pathology group specializing in Genomic and Proteomic clinical testing as applied to chronic disease, population health management, and personalized medicine. Previously, he was Founder, Chief Scientific Officer, Chief Medical Officer, and Clinical Laboratory Director at CompanionDx's CLIA/CAP/NYSDH-certified reference lab. Among other appointments, he has served as Director of the Center for Clinical Proteomics at the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine, as well as the Director of the UT Health Science Center at Houston's Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences Proteomics Core. Dr. Rosenblatt had also served as Adjunct, Associate Professor in the Division of Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine at UT Health and the McGovern Medical School and Associate Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Professions at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, both in Houston.

Duran Ustek

Ph.D.

VICE PRESIDENT

Dr. Ustek is the co-founder and Vice President of BioExcel Diagnostics. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Medical Genetics, with 20 years of research and clinical support in the field of human medical genetics and genomics. Post-doctoral work in molecular biology and genetics and exceptional hands-on experience in biotechnology.

Dr. Ustek was Professor and head of Genomics Core Laboratories at the Experimental Medical Institute, Istanbul University, and Medical Genetics Diagnostic Labs, Medical Faculty, Istanbul Medipol University. He is the author and co-author of various peer-reviewed publications.

Mandy Dehghan

MBA, MT(ASCP)

VICE PRESIDENT OF CLINICAL OPERATION

Mandy Dehghan oversees the quality assurance and compliance department in BioExcel Diagnostics. She has over 30 years of experience in laboratory operations and administration, including the employment of competent personnel, equipment, safety, laboratory policies, CAP accreditation, compliance, quality assurance, testing (including proficiency testing), and test reports compliance with CLIA guidelines and regulations. She has served as a CAP inspector for multiple laboratories across the country. She holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration, and is ASCP certified as a medical technologist, and certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Otto Schaefer

MBA, MT(ASCP)

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Otto Schaefer has spent his career in healthcare, primarily in laboratory management and business development. Graduating from the University of Houston with a BS in Biology and an MBA in Management, he has developed high-level, professional relationships with executives, physicians, and staff. He started as Medical Technologist, rose thru the ranks of hospitals and national commercial organizations to advanced leadership positions, and is now the Chief Operating Officer of BioExcel Diagnostics in Houston, TX. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.