Diane Scaduto, PhD

Dr. Scaduto earned her B.A in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University in 2003 and her Master’s in Public Administration in 2004.  In the fall of 2004, she decided to attend California State University, Los Angeles and pursue dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Microbiology.  In just two short years, Dr. Scaduto completed both programs and had accepted a post-baccalaureate fellowship to do research at the University of Southern California (USC).  In 2007, Dr. Scaduto matriculated as a first-year graduate student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  She spent four years in the program of Cell and Molecular Biology, where she was awarded numerous awards for her research, earned two NIH pre-doctoral fellowships, and had two significant publications reflecting her research projects and findings.  In 2011, Dr. Scaduto successfully defended her dissertation and accepted a very prestigious post-doctoral fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  There, she spent two years performing translational research while rotating through different clinical specialties. 
 
In 2014, Dr. Scaduto began her professional career as the Scientific Director of Molecular Biology for Applied Diagnostics (ADx) in Houston, TX. There, she led a team of 12 scientific professionals and ensured quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) standards were met while she developed the molecular genetics laboratory and all clinical testing.  She reviewed and approved standard operating procedures, consulted with physicians and designed and validated all genetic tests utilizing Sanger Sequencing and Next Generation Sequencing platforms while ensuring compliance with CLIA and CAP regulations. After just a few months of joining ADx, Dr. Scaduto launched the molecular genetic testing program and elevated the laboratory status to a premiere clinical diagnostic facility by developing and validating over 70 molecular genetic assays spanning three major platforms.  In addition to her time spent as the Scientific Director, Dr. Scaduto was also chosen as a molecular biology expert to participate in numerous CAP inspection teams.  Her insight and expertise served well as she guided other laboratory directors in developing and maintaining gold standards.
 
In 2016, Dr. Scaduto decided to branch out from clinical diagnostics and entered the field of Forensics.  She joined the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) as a Scientific Technical Lead, where her years of clinical training and technical experience would be extremely beneficial in raising the forensic genetic testing-bar. Her experience with minute and degraded human DNA samples as well as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), provided an opportunity to test more with less.  Dr. Scaduto led many validation and developmental projects at HFSC before she decided to move into private practice.  Now, she serves as a DNA Expert Consultant, with DMS Consultants.  Her primary focus is hereditary genetic consulting, with an emphasis in clinical oncology, but she also continues to serve the forensic community as well as providing consultations in pre-embryonic genetic counseling.
 
Dr. Scaduto is currently an active member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) and is certified as Molecular Biology expert with the College of American Pathology (CAP).  She has provided genetic counseling to treating physicians and patients, as well as expert testimony in high profile cases, including but not limited to The State of Texas v. Philippe Padieu case numbers 219-82276-07, 219-82277-07, 219-82278-07, 219-82279-07, 219-82280-07, and 219-82705-07 (219th Judicial District Court, Collin County, TX, 2009).