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University of Minnesota School of Medicine

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Director: Address:

Danni Li, Ph.D, DABCC, Director


Please send letters of interest to:

Ms. Maggie McGough
Residency and Fellowship Program Administrator
University of Minnesota, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
MMC 609
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
612-624-8133 (voice)
612-625-3976 (fax)


Affiliated Institutions:
University of Minnesota Medical Center
Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Faculty and Research Interests

University of Minnesota

Danni Li, Ph.D, DABCC Mass spectrometry and proteomics
John Crosson, M.D. Immunology and autoimmune diseases
John H. Eckfeldt, M.D., Ph.D, DABCC General clinical chemistry, kidney disease biomarkers, cardiovascular disease biomarkers and genetic.
Amy Karger, M.D., Ph.D​. Biochemical genetics, pediatric clinical chemistry
Anthony Killeen, M.D., Ph.D. Novel methods of in vitro diagnosis, molecular diagnostics, molecular pathology, quality management of clinical laboratories.
Nathan Pankratz, Ph.D. Biostatistics

Michael Steffes, M.D.

Diabetes, kidney disease

Bharat Thyagarajan, M.D., Ph.D.

Molecular diagnostics

Michael Tsai, Ph.D., Co-Director

Cardiovascular genetics, homocysteine

Nicole Zantek, M.D., Ph.D.

Hemostasis testing, transfusion medicine and blood utilization

VA Medical Center

Jasbir Singh, Ph.D., DABCC

Clinical and forensic toxicology

Hennepin County Medical Center

Fred Apple, Ph.D., DABCC

Biomarkers of cardiovascular disease, diagnostics and outcomes in acute coronary syndrome and heart failure, forensic toxicology, pharmacogenomics

Glen Hansen, Ph.D.

Molecular genetics, automated systems


Program Listing:

Level(s) of training:
Number of position available per year:
Duration of program:
Approximate annual salary or stipend:
Source of funding:
Current number of trainees:
Number of past graduates (over last 10 years):

2 years for PhD's; 1 or 2 years for MD's depending on prior training
NIH postdoctoral scale
Institutional and external research grants and contracts


Application Procedure:


Applicants should have earned Doctor of Philosophy or an equivalent doctoral degree in chemistry or another of the natural sciences, or a Doctor of Medicine degree from an appropriately accredited university or college. Sufficient courses in chemistry, biochemistry or other acceptable subjects should have been completed to qualify the applicants for certification eligibility with the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (i.e., a minimum of 30 semester hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry or biochemistry courses taken at institutions acceptable to the Board). 



Submit a letter of intent and curriculum vitae to the departmental Residency and Fellowship Program Administrator for initial consideration.  Selected applicants will be required to submit transcripts and three letters of recommendation.  Trainee selection conforms to requirements of the University of Minnesota for equal employment opportunity and is based solely on qualifications related to successful completion of the doctoral training program.   An interview is required.




October 1 of year preceding appointment on July 1


Program Description:

The training program at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals places a strong emphasis on the fundamentals of laboratory medicine and clinical interactions. Training involves the areas of clinical service, management, information services, teaching and research. Emphasis is placed on combining the consultative aspects of clinical chemistry and toxicology with applied and basic research experience. The program is organized to allow educational experiences in three laboratories—the University of Minnesota Hospital, the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, and Hennepin County Medical Center—that participate in a combined laboratory medicine and pathology residency training program. The training will prepare the candidate for a career in hospital, academic laboratory medicine, or industry. The integrated research experience will be arranged in the laboratories of the participating faculty.