Friez, Mike

Director - Diagnostic Laboratories

Friez, Mike

Dr. Friez is board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics. Following his graduate training, he came to Greenwood to pursue fellowship training in the field of Medical Genetics. After completing his fellowship training and gaining valuable experience in the field, Dr. Friez assumed the position as Director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory. In 2008, Dr. Friez was named Director of the Diagnostic Laboratories. His primary duties as Director are to supervise the diverse genetic testing activities the laboratory has developed since its inception. Diagnostic protocols for testing a variety of conditions related to intellectual disabilities, muscular dystrophies, skeletal dysplasias and other adult-onset genetic conditions are utilized on a daily basis.

In addition, Dr. Friez is involved in assisting several of the research projects that are based in the JC Self Research Institute. While keeping his focus on the diagnostic arena Dr. Friez also feels very strongly about maintaining a close link with his research-based colleagues at GGC. In regard to this link, Dr. Friez says, “GGC is a perfect example of why scientific research and diagnostic testing will forever be united, one without the other is not a complete story.”

Contact Information

Office (864) 388-1717
Fax (864) 941-8141
friez@ggc.org

Education

  • B.S. - Biology, University of North Dakota, 1992

  • Ph.D. - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 1998

  • Clinical Molecular Fellow, Greenwood Genetic Center, 1998-2000

  • Asst. Director, Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Greenwood Genetic Center, 2000-2001

  • Director, Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Greenwood Genetic Center, 2001-2008
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