Lab Leadership Bios

Jennifer Laffin, PhD, FACMG
Laboratory Medical Director

Dr. Laffin has been with Exact Sciences as Clinical Laboratory Medical Director since 2014. She has over 16 years of laboratory leadership in genetics, genomics and molecular diagnostics. Dr. Laffin received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Iowa and completed clinical fellowships in Clinical Molecular Genetics at the University of Iowa and Clinical Cytogenetics at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Upon completion of her clinical fellowships, she joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health as an Assistant Professor and promoted in 2015 to Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics - Genetics and Metabolism and served as Clinical Laboratory Director of UW Cytogenetic Services and Molecular Genetics at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.

Dr. Laffin is board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics in clinical cytogenetics and clinical molecular genetics.

Ana Hooker, MBA, MT (ASCP)
Senior Vice President Operations

Ana Hooker has over 20 years of laboratory experience. Prior to her position at Exact Sciences, she was at ARUP Laboratories for 15 years, the latter two as the division manager for anatomic pathology, oncology and genetics.

Prior to this, she was the division manager for genetics for three years and during her tenure she held positions of increased responsibility including group manager for oncology and genetics and the Technical Supervisor of the University of Utah Hospital Clinical Laboratories at ARUP.

She received her BS from Kansas State University, her MT from Hays Pathology Laboratories and her MBA from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has served in several positions in the Utah Chapter of CLMA since 2004.

Belinda Baron, DHSc MT (ASCP)
Senior Director, Clinical Laboratory Operations

Belinda Baron has over 25 years of laboratory experience. Prior to joining Exact Sciences, she was at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salt Lake City Utah and ARUP Laboratories for 18 years.

She held several positions of increased responsibility including teaching specialist, Technical Supervisor of the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Hospital at ARUP, and the night operation manager for ARUP Laboratories during her tenure.

She received her AS Augusta Technical College in Augusta Georgia, her BS in Medical Technology from Augusta University (Medical College of Georgia), and her MHA and DHSc from Andrew Taylor Still University in Mesa, AZ. She has been a member of CLMA and ASCLS organizations for several years.

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