Christina M Laukaitis, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMG

Associate Professor, Medicine
Director, Division of Genetic Consultation and Counseling
Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP
Assistant Professor, Genetics - GIDP

Phone Number: 
(520) 626-5845
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Laukaitis' professional goal is to understand the genetic and environmental risk factors that predispose individuals to cancer in order to treat neoplasia before cancer develops. Her training and board certification in Medical Genetics have provided her with expertise, and to experience caring for people at high-risk for breast and other cancers due to mutations in BRCA1, BRCA2, APC and mismatch repair genes. In Dr. Laukaitis' laboratory, they seek explanations for high-risk families without identified mutations.

Dr. Laukaitis has experience working with WBF and UDCA sample genotyping and experience interpreting genetic data that influences cancer risk.

Clinical Information

Clinical Focus: 
  • Cancer genetics
  • Medical genetics
  • General medicine

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Research Focus: 

My professional goal is to provide individual risk assessment and counseling to develop a plan for treating neoplasia before metastatic cancer develops in people at high-risk of cancer because of genetic factors. My training and board certification in Medical Genetics have provided me with expertise and experience caring for people at high-risk for breast cancer due to mutations in BRCA1, BRCA2, APC and mismatch repair genes genes. I will couple this with my laboratory background to translate advances understanding additional genes influencing cancer risk into new clinical tests for my patients. I will seek to apply these advances to all of my patients, regardless of racial, ethnic, or socio-economic background.

A second research direction addresses appropriate targeting of chemoprevention strategies. I am participating in a project to test the safety of using DFMO and sulindac as a chemopreventive strategy in children with FAP, which we hope to follow with a study of efficacy.

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Selected Publications: 

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
Positions:
2015-present   Director of Genetic Consultation and Counseling Services, Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2014-present   Laboratory Co-Director, Clinical Laboratory of the University of Arizona Genomics Core, Tucson, AZ
2014-present   Investigator, University of Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2012-2013       Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Univ. Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2010-present   Assistant Professor, Tenure Eligible, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2009-present   Member, Genetics Interdisciplinary Training Program, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2009-present   Member, Cancer Biology Interdisciplinary Training Program, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2008-2013      Associate Investigator, Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2008-2010      Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2008-2009      Postdoctoral Research, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
2006-2008      Fellow, Division of Medical Genetics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2006                Locum tenens physician, Hopi Health Care Center, Polacca, AZ
2004-2006      Resident, Internal Medicine, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
2003-2004      Intern, Internal Medicine Residency Program, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
1995-2001      Graduate & Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Cell & Structural Biology, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL
 
Honors:
2015              Fellowship - American College of Medical Genetics
2013             “Researcher of the Year”, Arizona Chapter, American College of Physicians
2011             40 under 40, Arizona Star, recognizes young leaders in Tucson based on professional accomplishments, leadership qualities and community impact.
2011             Yellen Distinguished Young Investigator Award, Arizona Cancer Center; Unrestricted use gift
2010-2011   Young Alumni Board, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
2005             Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (Basic statistics, Genetic data analysis, Molecular phylogenetics)
1991-1995   National Science Scholar, National Science Foundation
Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 
2011-Present  Member, Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)
2011-Present  Member, International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumors (InSiGHT)
2011-Present  Member, Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer
2011-Present  Fellow, American College of Physicians        
2009               Diplomate, American Board of Medical Genetics
2008-Present  Member, Arizona State Genetic Services Advisory Committee
2007-Present  Member, American Society for Human Genetics
2007-2011     Member, American College of Physicians
2006-Present  Member, Genetics Society of America
2006               Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine
2003-Present  Member, European Society for Evolutionary Biology
2001-Present  Member, Society for the Study of Evolution
Board Certifications & Licenses: 
American Board of Medical Genetics, 2009
American Board of Internal Medicine, 2006
 

Academic Information

Fellowship: 
Medical Genetics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Residency: 
Internal Medicine, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Doctorate: 
Cell and Structural Biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Medical School: 
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Undergraduate School: 
Butler University, Indianapolis, IN