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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center  

Director: Kazunori Murata PhD
Co-Director: Katie Thoren PhD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Center for Laboratory Medicine
327 E 64th St, Ste 526
New York, NY 10065
T (646) 608-1109


Faculty and Research Interests:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Kazunori Murata, PhD

protein immunology, special chemistry

Lakshmi Ramanathan, PhD

clinical chemistry, automated chemistry

Dean Carlow, MD, PhD

mass spectrometry, therapeutic drug monitoring

Melissa Pessin, MD, PhD

transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry, hematology

Ellinor Peerschke, PhD

hematology, hemoglobinopathies, coagulation

Samuel McCash, MD

clinical chemistry, hematology, protein immunology

Yi-Wei Tang, MD, PhD

clinical microbiology, serology

Esther Babady PhD

clinical microbiology, molecular microbiology

Martin Fleisher PhD

tumor markers, circulating tumor cells, special chemistry

Katie Thoren PhD

clinical chemistry, special chemistry, toxicology

Amanda Blouin MD PhD

clinical chemistry, hematology, protein immunology

Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

Alexander Kratz, MD, PhD

core laboratory, point of care

Michael Pesce PhD

clinical chemistry

Alex Rai PhD

special chemistry

Tiffany Thomas PhD

biochemical genetics

Serge Cremers PhD PharmD

therapeutic drug monitoring, mass spectrometry

New York University/New York Poison Control Center

Lewis Nelson, MD

medical toxicology

Program Listing:
Level(s) of training: Postdoctoral
Number of positions available per year:    1 every 2 years
Duration of program:                              2 years
Approximate annual salary or stipend:      PGY1
Source of funding:                                  Hospital
Current number of trainees:                    1
Number of past graduates:                      0

Application Procedures:

Applicants must have earned a PhD, MD, or DO (or equivalent) from an accredited university. Applicants should have successfully completed 30 semester hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry or biochemistry at an accredited institution. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have gained exposure to a clinical laboratory and to have taken courses in human anatomy, physiology, and/or pathophysiology prior to application. 

Applicants should submit a personal statement describing their interest in clinical chemistry, qualifications, and future goals, along with a current CV. Applications without a personal statement will not be accepted. All applications should be sent via e-mail to Applicants are requested NOT to send any transcripts or letters of recommendation.

Applications are only accepted in alternating years. Fellowships at MSKCC have a start date of July.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted from July 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018 for the position starting in July, 2019. Positions may be filled prior to the application deadline. Early application is encouraged.

Program Description:

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is a worldwide leader in cancer treatment and diagnosis.  The Department of Laboratory Medicine provides diagnostic testing for all patients seen at MSKCC, and includes clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, point-of-care, cell therapy, flow cytometry, cellular immunology, and transfusion medicine. MSKCC maintains laboratories in the main campus, as well as multiple regional sites located in New Jersey, Westchester County, Long Island and several outpatient sites in Manhattan that collect specimens and perform a limited number of tests on site.  The Clinical Chemistry service performs testing in all areas including routine chemistry, critical care testing, cardiac markers, tumor markers, toxicology screening, protein immunology, immunochemistry, mass spectrometry, and point of care testing.

The goal of the two year MSKCC Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program is to prepare fellows to function as a laboratory director of a high complexity laboratory in a clinical, academic, or industrial environment.  Fellows are expected to take the qualifying examinations administered by the ABCC upon completion of their fellowship.

The curriculum consists of two phases.  Phase 1 consists of a 12 month series of rotations through clinical chemistry laboratories in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at MSKCC, the New York Poison Control Center,  and Columbia University Medical Center. The duration of the rotations are between 1-4 weeks.  Fellows may also be assigned short term development or quality projects during this time.  Formal instruction in certain topics will be provided via lectures and didactic sessions.  In Phase 2, fellows complete a translational research project. Fellows assume increasing responsibility in the laboratories where emphasis will be on projects as well as answering calls from the medical staff. Fellows will also serve as acting laboratory directors during their second year and assume responsibility for laboratory and patient issues under the supervision of an attending director.