Wilfrido D. Mojica MD

Wilfrido Mojica

Wilfrido D. Mojica

Associate Professor

Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus

Anatomic Pathology; Clinical Pathology; Genetic Pathology - Clinical, Molecular, Biochemical; Surgical Pathology

Contact Information
621 10th Street
Department of Pathology
Niagara Falls, New York 14301
Phone: (716) 278-4339

Professional Summary:

Professional Summary:
As the Chief of Pathology at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, I oversee the operations of both the anatomical and clinical components of the medical laboratory. This facility caters to an inner-city populace that is both underrepresented and underserved. This situation provides for an interesting mix of surgical pathology cases and is well suited to engage in the effort to democratize diagnostic advancements at the community-level setting.

A specified portion of my time is dedicated to the continuous development and delivery of lectures and clinical correlations predominantly to students in the dental school.

Education and Training:

  • MD, Medicine, St Louis University School of Medicine (1993)
  • MS, Physiology, Georgetown University (1988)
  • BS, Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine (1987)


  • Attending Pathologist, NFMMC (2021-present)
  • Chief of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (2021-present)
  • Associate Professor, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2017-present)
  • Attending Pathologist, VA WNY (2020)
  • Attending Pathologist, UB Pathologist Inc (2001–2019)
  • Assistant Professor, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2004–2017)
  • Staff Pathologist, Eastern Great Lakes Pathology, LLC (2000–2001)
  • Staff Pathologist, ACM Laboratories (1999–2000)

Awards and Honors:

  • AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research (2011)
  • Pickren Pathology Award (1997)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • March 2020–December 2020
    Illumina Accelerator Sequencing Grant
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • October 2017–September 2019
    High quality, high integrity nucleic acid extraction from FFPE
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 2018–December 2018
    Pre-Cell Wrangler: Enabling recovery of informative genomic data with lower numbers but higher quality diagnostic cells
    Research for Health in Erie County
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • August 2009–July 2012
    Identification of colon cancer protein biomarkers in the blood
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • June 2005–May 2006
    Differential phosphoprofiling by a novel procurement protocol
    Kaleida Health Foundation
    Role: Co-Investigator

Journal Articles:

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  • B Yang, L Liu, F Chen, D Troyer, W Liu, C D'Angelis, R Kozielski, T Wood, A Lzydorczak. (2022) Can tissue specimens also be used for metabolomic profiling without influencing morphological interpretation. College of American Pathologists annual meeting - Advancing Medicine Today and Tomorrow. New Orleans, Louisiana (Sep) Poster
  • Yun Wu, Troy Wood, Natesh Parashurama, Supriya Mahajan. (2022) Enabling all four facets of P4 Medicine from the standpoint of the pathology tissue specimen. Advances in Genome Biology and Technology Precision Health. San Diego, California (Sep), (180) Poster
  • Izydorczak A, Wood TD. (2022) Metabolomic profiling of methanol extracts from pathology specimens using LC-MS/MS. American Society for Mass Spectrometry’s 70th annual meeting. Minneapolis, Minnesota (Jun), (310203) Poster
  • Arshad A, Bard J, Yergeau D. (2022) Cellular material from core needle biopsy washes are molecularly representative of the corresponding parent tissue that is formalin fixed and paraffin embedded. United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists. Los Angeles, California (Mar), (582) Poster
  • Katherine Mojica, Elizabeth Barrie, Rafal Kozielski. (2022) Uncovering Genetic Abnormalities by Optical Genome Mapping Missed by Microarray Analysis in Stillbirth Placental Tissue. Unites States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists 111th annual meeting. Los Angeles, California (Mar) Oral
  • W Liu, X Jin, K Cwiklinski. (2019) The core needle biopsy wash: assessing cellular adequacy for ancillary studies. College of American Pathologists annual meeting. Orlando, Florida (Sep) Poster
  • H Zhan, A Papanicolau-Sengos, J Conroy. (2018) Obviating tissue exhaustion on core needle biopsies: Inclusion of a simple pre-wash step to generate a matched, second biospecimen for molecular studies. United States Canadian Academy of Pathologist 107th annual meeting. Vancouver, (Mar) Poster
  • Tu C, Shen S, Nouri-Nigjeh E, Mojica WD, Qu J. (2013) Large scale comparative proteomic anlaysis of colon cancer cells isolated from multiple patients using extensive ion-current-based approach. ASMS, (Jun)
  • Kumparelli A, Mojica WD. (2012) Preclinical evidence DiPeptidase-1 may function as a putative biomarker for colonic adenocarcinoma. CAP, (Sep)
  • Huang Y, Mojica WD. (2012) Dipeptidase-1 expression profiles in human normal and tumor tissues. CAP, (Sep)
  • Kumparelli A, Marchetti E, Mojica WD. (2012) DPE1, a useful immunohistochemical tool in distinguishing primary from metasttic endometrioid and mucinous ovarian tumors. USCAP, Mod Pathol, (Mar)
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Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:

  • AD Smith, MS Kappus, MJ Caliendo, C Foote, P Muscarella. (2022) Ruptured granulosa cell tumor of the ovary presenting with catastrophic intra-abdominal hemorrhage. Int J Surg Case Rep (Jul)(96): 107317.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association for Cancer Research; Member
  • College of American Pathologists; Member
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology; Member


  • "Capturing dissociated cells from core needle biopsies: up front triaging enhances comprehensive diagnosis" 2nd International Cancer Study and Thearapy Conference (2017)
  • "Facilitating molecular profiling of core needle biopsies via the inclusion of a prefatory step to traditional tissue processing: The value of a simple wash" International Conference on Genomic Medicine (2017)
  • "Anticipating and Providing Solutions to Precision Medicine Before They Become Problems" Western New York Society of Pathologists (2015)
  • "Core washing of needle biopsy specimens with microfluidics: a novel approach to meet the increasing demands of ancillary testing on small specimens." Cytopathology 2015 (2015)
  • "Microfluidics for multiplexing of core needle biopsies." TechConnect World Innovation Conference (2015)
  • "Microfluidics in the Diagnosis of Anatomic Pathology Specimens: pipe-dream or pipeline?" University at Buffalo, Department of Pathology Grand Rounds (2014)

Service Activities:

  • Pathology Residency Clinical Competency Committee (2021–present)
  • Dental School Pathology 600 Course - change in presentations from pure basic science delivery to clinical application and relevance (i.e., more oral-cavity centric).; Modifications of certain labs and lectures (2021–present)
  • NFMMC - Medical Executive Committee (2021–present)
  • NFMMC - Infectious Disease Prevention Committee (2021–present)
  • NFMMC - Transfusion Committee; Transfusion Committee (2021–present)
  • North American Journal of Medicine and Science (2020)
  • Current Clinical Pharmacology (2020)
  • Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry (2019)
  • Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry (2019)
  • Analytical Cellular Pathology (2018)
  • Faculty Council Representative; Faculty Council Representative (2017–2019)
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP); Judge, Team 5 (2017)
  • BMC Cancer (2017)
  • Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management (2016)
  • Current Medical Imaging Reviews (2016)
  • Secretary, WNYSP (2016–2017)
  • Faculty Council Representative (alternate); alternate (2015–2017)
  • Advisor, WNYSP (2014–2016)
  • PLosOne (2014)
  • NIH OMnibus SEP-5: Special emphasis panel/ Scientific Review Group 2014/10 ZCA1 TCRB-5 (02) (2014)
  • Treasurer, WNYSP (2013–2014)
  • President, WNYSP (2012–2013)
  • Secretary, WNYSP (2011–2012)
  • Immunological Investigations (2010)
  • NIH Stage 1 reviewer, Cell Biology Integrated Review Group (2009)
  • Drug Target Insight (2008)
  • Experimental and Molecular Pathology (2006)

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Contact Information

621 10th Street
Department of Pathology
Niagara Falls, New York 14301
Phone: (716) 278-4339