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University of Utah School of Medicine

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Joely A. Straseski, PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB
Telephone: (801) 583-2787 ext. 3696

ARUP Laboratories
500 Chipeta Way, MS 115
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Patricia R. Slev, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: (801) 583-2787 ext. 3253

ARUP Laboratories
500 Chipeta Way, MS 115
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Affiliated Institutions:

University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, Inc., Intermountain Medical Center (IMC), and Primary Children's Medical Center (PCMC)

Faculty and Research Interests

University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories, Inc.


Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir, MD, PhD, FACMG          

Molecular genetics and genomics

Marc Roger Couturier, PhD, D(ABMM)

Infectious disease testing, microbial immunology, parasitology

Jonathan R. Genzen, MD, PhD, ABP(CP)

Automated chemistry

Kamisha Johnson-Davis, PhD, DABCC

Toxicology, therapeutic drug management

Brian Kelly, PhD, DABCC, FACB

Athletic Drug Testing, Mass Spectrometry

Chris Lehman, MD, ABP(CP, BB and Transfusion Medicine)

Stat lab management, cardiac markers, hematology/coagulation testing

Rong Mao, MD, FACMG

Molecular genetics and genomics

Gwen McMillin, PhD, DABCC

Toxicology and trace elements, pharmacogenomics, clinical drug abuse testing

Marzia Pasquali, PhD. FACMG

Biochemical genetics (Inherited disorders of metabolism)

Lisa K. Peterson, PhD, D(ABMLI)


Patricia Slev, PhD, DABCC

Hepatitis, retroviral testing

Kristi J. Smock, MD, ABP(AP, CP, and Hematology)

Hematology/coagulation testing, bleeding and thrombotic disorders, anticoagulant monitoring

Joely Straseski, PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB

Endocrine testing, automated chemistry

Anne Tebo, PhD

Clinical immunology


Phil Bach, PhD, DABCC

Pediatric clinical chemistry

Kelly Doyle, PhD, DABCC

Pediatric clinical chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, Laboratory Automation

Level of training:


Number of positions available per year:

2 positions

Duration of program:

2 years

Approximate annual salary or stipend:

Commensurate with year of post graduate training. For current schedule, click here.

Source of funding:        


Current number of trainees:     


Number of past graduates (since 1981)


Application Procedures:


Applicants must hold an MD or PhD or other doctoral degree in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, or a closely related field from an accredited institution. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed (and documented) a minimum of 30 semester hours in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry or biochemistry instruction prior to admission into the program.



Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and copies of college transcripts showing 30 semester hours (or equivalent) of undergraduate and/or graduate level courses in analytic, organic, physical, or general chemistry, or biochemistry courses. Applications are submitted to the Fellowship Coordinator via email.

The use of a credential evaluation service is required for transcripts received from academic institutions outside the US or Canada.



September 10 of year preceding the July start date

Program Description:

Completion of the two year postdoctoral program will prepare fellows to become successful laboratory directors in clinical chemistry. The training program is structured so that the trainees gain:

  • An academic understanding of the field of clinical chemistry, including preparation for board certification. Both chemical and clinical aspects of laboratory medicine are emphasized.
  • Practical experience handling technical, financial, personnel, and public relations matters in a full-service laboratory; chemistry sections include general and special chemistry, clinical toxicology, endocrine testing, and trace elements.
  • Expertise and techniques required to formulate and conduct research and development activities in clinical chemistry. The trainee will select, plan, conduct, and report on at least two research projects during the training period.
  • Administrative, educational and management skills required for dealing effectively with laboratory personnel, administration, and physicians utilizing the laboratory services.
  • Knowledge of how laboratory activities can be coordinated with other disciplines within the hospital to accomplish the common goal of optimum patient care.
  • An appreciation of the necessary balance between clinical and laboratory aspects of medicine through close correlation of the postdoctoral and pathology resident training programs.