Anatomic Pathology

The Colorado Molecular Correlates Laboratory (CMOCO) is a state-of-the-art facility, located within the University of Colorado Department of Pathology. The CMOCO Laboratory is dedicated to the development and implementation of predictive, prognostic and diagnostic molecular biomarker testing that will permit selection of cancer treatments with targeted therapy allowing for the best in personalized medicine.​​


Dara Aisner MD, PhD

Associate Professor - Lung/Molecular Pathology - Medical Director of CMOCO
  • Pathology (SOM)

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Education, Licensure & Certifications


  • Molecular and Genetic Pathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Hospital - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2009-2010)
  • Fellow, Surgical Pathology Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Hospital - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2008-2009)
  • Resident/Clinical Fellow, Anatomic Pathology; National Institutes of Health, & 7/2004 - 9/2006 Bethesda, Maryland (2007-2008)
  • MD; University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas - Dallas, Texas (1996-2004)
  • PhD; University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School - Dallas, Texas (1996-2004)
  • BS, Magna Cum Laude, Molecular Biology with honors; Vanderbilt University - Nashville, Tennessee (1992-1996)
  • Anatomic Pathology (June, 2008)
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology (Board Eligible)
  • Colorado - Unrestricted
  • Maryland - Unrestricted (Inactive)


  • CAP Foundation Research Grant, 2009-2010; Project Title: Identification and Validation of Gene Targets for CpG Promoter Methylation for Risk Stratification in GIST
  • REACH Resident Research Award Grant, 2009-2010; Project Title: MicroRNA Expression in H.pylori associated Gastric Carcinogenesis
  • H.T. Enterline Surgical Pathology Fellowship Award; University of Pennsylvania; June 2009
  • Merck Scholars Training Grant, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Magna cum Laude; Vanderbilt University; June 1996
  • Phi Beta Kappa; Vanderbilt University; March 1996