McMaster University

McMaster University

Viola Freeman

, BSc, ART (Cytogenetics)

Associate Professor (Part-Time)
Pathology and Molecular Medicine

McMaster University
Health Sciences Centre
2N20 (mail delivery)

Viola Freeman

Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

Clinical Coordinator, Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Toronto
ART, (Cytogenetics), Canaidan Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences
BSc, Chemistry, McMaster University


Research Focus

  • Rapid chromosome diagnosis
  • Association of radiation exposure and abnormal chromosome segregation
  • Twinning in spontaneous abortions
  • Non-disjunction in Down Syndrome
  • Neoplasia
  • Microarray

Clinical Focus

Diagnostics in genetic diseases, and work in the areas of:

  • Cytogenetics
  • Oncology
  • Pre-natal diagnosis
  • Biochemical genetics

Academic Interests

Viola is involved in the Bachelor of Health Science Program, as a professor for HTH SCI 3D03, Genetics in Health Science.  Furthermore, she is an Adjunct Professor with the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in the Genetics Technology Program.

Team Members

Ron Carter, PhD; Jack Wang. PhD; Murray Potter, MD; John Waye, PhD; Margaret Nowaczyk, MD; Joanne Dolling, PhD

Selected Publications

  • Nowaczyk MJ, Bayani J, Freeman V, Watts J, Squire J, Xu J. De novo 1q32q44 duplication and distal 1q trisomy syndrome. Am J Med Genet. 2003 Jul 15;120A(2):229-33. Review.
  • Xu J, Freeman V, Smith PA, Huggins M. Fluorescence in situ hybridization of uncultured lymphocytes from cystic hygroma fluid: a potential approach for rapid prenatal diagnosis. Prenat Diagn. 2002 Jan;22(1):81-2.
  • Xu J, Freeman V, Carter RF, Paes B, Heshka T, Nowaczyk JM. Wolf-Hirschorn syndrome resulting from partial monosomy 4p/trisomy 9p. Am J Med Genet. 2000 Aug 14;93(4):285-9.
  • Sherman, S.L., Takaesu, N., Freeman, S.B., Grantham, M., Phillips, C., Blackston, R.D., Jacobs, P.A., Cockwell, A.E., Freeman, V., Uchida, I., Mikkelsen, M., Kurnit, D.M., Buraczynska, M., Keats, B.J.B. and Hassold, T. Trisomy 21: association between reduced recombination and non-disjunction. Am J. Hum. Genet. 1991 49:608-620.
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