Robert D. Cottrell appointed director of the pathologists’ assistant program and clinical assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Quinnipiac University
In his new position, Cottrell is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the university’s graduate pathologists’ assistant program, which prepares students to examine, process and prepare tissue specimens for a variety of clinical tests and procedures.
The two-year program, one of only 11 of its kind in the United States and Canada, is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
Cottrell has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in health sciences as a pathologists’ assistant from Quinnipiac. He also is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Since 2002, Cottrell has worked at Greenwich Hospital, where he continues his role as a pathologists’ assistant to maintain certification and accreditation. Before joining Quinnipiac, Cottrell also worked at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
“It is a wonderful sense of accomplishment to finally come full circle back to Quinnipiac,” Cottrell said. “I am blessed to share this unique opportunity with my wife, Jessica Doll-Cottrell, and three children Lucas, 11, Olivia, 9, and Quinton, 6.
“Quinnipiac has been my home since my undergraduate years starting in 1995, as well as being a constant source of education and inspiration through the pathologists’ assistant graduate program,” he said.