Pacific Rim Pathology

Our Research Team

Cynthia Behling, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Director

Dr. Cynthia Behling joined Pacific Rim Pathology in 2005 after serving as an Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She graduated from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA in 1989 and completed her pathology residency at UCSD from 1990-1994. Dr. Behling has been board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology since 1994.

Dr. Behling serves as the director of our Research department overseeing a variety of clinical trials and studies. Her specialties include Hepatobiliary and Gastrointestinal pathology. Her professional interests include histologic endpoints for clinical trials, research into fatty liver disease, and pathology education. 

Kelly Paine

Research Administrator

Kelly Paine joined our team in November 2016. She has over twenty five years of experience in the oversight of all aspects of clinical trials performed in the clinical office setting. Kelly’s expertise includes review of protocols to determine study feasibility, completion and submission of regulatory documents, negotiation of study budgets and contracts, and adherence to conduct and good clinical practice standards.

Cassidy Plunkett

Research Coordinator

Cassidy Plunkett joined our team in September 2019 after graduating with a Master of Science degree in Modern Human Anatomy from the University of Colorado. Cassidy’s strong background in anatomy, histology, and medical modeling has enabled her to uniquely contribute to our lab’s tissue analyses and ongoing clinical research studies. Cassidy has experience with specimen accessioning and processing, tissue scanning, morphometric analysis, and various software platforms including ImageJ, MATLAB and 3D Slicer.

In addition to our core team highlighted above, Pacific Rim Pathology’s research operations are backed by our laboratory staff who work hand-in-hand to produce our high quality precision histology slides.

You can read more about the work we perform (and view sample images) in Histology.