Emory University


Co-Directors & Address

David Koch, PhD, DABCC, FAACC
Telephone: (404) 616-5489
Email: ddkoch@emory.edu
Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, 1C049A
Atlanta, GA 30303-3031

Janetta Bryksin, PhD, DABCC, FAACC
Telephone: (404) 712-7911
Email: janetta.bryksin@emoryhealthcare.org
Emory University/Emory University Hospital
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
1364 Clifton Road NE, Room F-149
Atlanta, GA 30322

Faculty and Research Interests

David Koch, Ph.D. General chemistry, Diabetes, Laboratory quality, Evaluation of methods, Non-analytical sources of error
Janetta Bryksin, Ph.D. General chemistry, Toxicology/TDM, Mass spectrometry
David Alter, M.D. General Chemistry; gastrointestinal clinical chemistry; appropriate laboratory test utilization and interpretive/data mined clinical chemistry
James Ritchie, Ph.D. Toxicology, Clinical proteomics, Mass spectrometry, Translational diagnostics
Robert Bray, Ph.D. HLA
Tom Burgess, Ph.D. Reference Laboratory Testing
Alexander Duncan, M.D. Coagulation
Jeannette Guarner, M.D. Immunology, Laboratory administration
Charles Hill, M.D., Ph.D. Molecular pathology
Van Pineda, Ph.D. Pediatric clinical chemistry
Geoff Smith, M.D. Informatics
Elizabeth Weinzierl, M.D., Ph.D. Pediatrics

Program Listing

Level(s) of training: Postdoctoral
Number of Positions available per year: 1
Duration of program: 2 years
Approximate annual salary or stipend: Consistent with PGY1
Source of funding: Departmental and external sources
Current number of trainees: 1
Past Graduates: 10

Application Procedure


Qualified candidates who have completed a Ph.D. and/or M.D., or equivalent degree from a recognized institution of higher learning. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 30 semester hours in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry or biochemistry courses prior to admission into the program to meet certification eligibility requirements by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.


Submit curriculum vitae, statement of career goals, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts of graduate and undergraduate records. Phone and on-campus interviews required for the successful applicant.

Submit complete package to: Clinchem-fel@emory.edu


Apply by September 30th of the year preceding the July starting date.

Program Details

Emory University occupies 550 acres in a quiet, residential area about 15 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta. The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of Emory University is one of the largest training centers for pathologists and laboratory medicine specialists in the United States. The postdoctoral program in clinical chemistry at Emory University was founded in 2005, with the support of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The goal of the program is to educate and train Ph.D. and/or M.D. scientists for careers in clinical chemistry. Through unique partnerships in the Atlanta area, this program is designed to prepare trainees for academic, clinical service, commercial laboratory, pediatric hospital laboratory, regulatory, and/or industry positions with a reference clinical laboratory or forensic toxicology laboratory.

The duration of the program is a minimum of two years. The program is structured such that, during the first few months, the fellow is prepared for clinical service through didactic teachings and rotations through areas of the clinical laboratory. The fellows then become active in clinical service by assisting with clinical projects and on-call responsibilities for the laboratory. Fellows are involved in research projects during this time and may elect to continue projects beyond the required two years, provided funding is available. Typically, these projects are presented at national meetings 2-3 times a year. Additionally, fellows participate in and attend weekly seminars in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, present at journal clubs and case conferences, and teach a few lectures in the Clinical Laboratory Science program. Fellow will also be required to attend the resident clinical pathology training course that runs on a two-year cycle.