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University of California, San Francisco
Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Chemistry and Pharmacogenomics




Alan H.B. Wu, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: (415) 206-3540
Fax: (415) 206-3045

Department of Laboratory Medicine
San Francisgo General Hospital
1001 Potrero Ave., Room 2M27
San Francisco, CA 94110

Kara Lynch, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: (415)206-5477
Fax: (415)206-3045

Department of Laboratory Medicine
San Francisgo General Hospital
1001 Potrero Ave., Room 2M27
San Francisco, CA 94110

Faculty and Research Interests

University of California, San Francisco

Alan H. Wu, PhD, DABCC, FACB

Cardiac Markers, pharmacogenomics, analytical toxicology

Kara Lynch, PhD

Toxicology, Pharmocogenomics

Ted Kurtz, MD, ABP


Chuanyi M. Lu, MD, ABP

Flow cytometry

Farid Chehab PhD, ABP

Molecular diagnostics

Jean Branch

Laboratory management, quality assurance/control

Barbara Haller, MD, PhD, ABP

Infectious disease, microbiology

Program Listing:

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Current number of trainees:

2 years
Commensurate with experience Source of funding: University

Application Procedures:


Applicants must have an earned Doctor of Medicine degree or Doctor of Philosophy (or an equivalent doctoral degree) in the basic sciences; chemistry, biology, pharmacology, toxicology, or physics from an accredited university or college. Applicants should have successfully completed enough chemistry courses to apply to the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, i.e., 24 semester-hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry courses plus a minimum of 4 semester-hours (or equivalent) in biochemistry courses at the graduate level.


Submit a letter of intent and curriculum vitae for initial consideration. Selected applicants will be required to complete a formal application and three letters of recommendation.



Program Description

The Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of California (UCSF) offers a two-year fellowship to provide PhD scientists with the analytical, clinical, research, and management experience towards specialization and board certification in clinical chemistry. The training is conducted at the San Francisco General Hospital. The program is designed to provide training in the operation of a clinical laboratory, quality control and assurance, laboratory management, analytical methodologies and test interferences. The clinical interpretation and diagnostic relevance of tests are emphasized through clinical consults. Research projects could involve method development, test validation, and clinical and scientific investigation in any of the areas within clinical chemistry. The structure of the program is flexible to afford individualized training based on previous experience. This program currently has an emphasis on clinical toxicology and pharmacogenomics.