Medical University of South Carolina



Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Avenue, MSC 908, Suite 309
Charleston, SC 29425


Nikolina Babic, PhD, DABCC, FACC
Telephone: (843)792-8814

Affiliated Institutions

MUSC Hospitals
VA Medical Center

Faculty and Research Interests

Frederick S. Nolte, PhD, D(ABMM), F(AAM) Molecular Diagnostics, Microbiology, Laboratory management
Maria Lopes-Virella, MD, PhD Endocrinology, lipid disorders, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and nutrition
Sally Self, MD Clinical Immunology, Flowcytometry
John Lazarchick, MD Hematology, Coagulation
James E. Madory, DO Laboratory Informatics
Lisa L. Steed, PhD Diagnostic Microbiology
Nikolina Babic, PhD, DABCC, FACB Clinical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics

Program Listing

Level(s) of training: Postdoctoral
Number of Positions available per year: 1
Duration of program: 2 years
Approximate annual salary or stipend: Commensurate with experience
Source of funding: Department
Current number of trainees: 1
Number of past graduates (over last 10 years): 4

Application Procedure


All applicants should have earned a doctoral degree at accredited institutions. Individuals with doctoral degrees in chemistry or biomedical science related fields or medicine are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants possessing an M.D. degree must be diplomates of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology or have met the requirements to take the Board examination. Candidates should have met 30 semester hours minimum requirement of undergraduate and/or graduate level biochemistry or chemistry courses. Applicants with education obtained at institutions outside the U.S. or Canada must, at their expense, have their credentials evaluated by the International Education Research Foundation, Inc., or acceptable equivalent. Applicants should have strong interests in laboratory medicine and research. Excellent communication and personal-interaction skills are required.


Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.



Program Description

MUSC Medical Center located in Charleston, South Carolina is a comprehensive facility comprised of four separate hospitals (University Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, Ashley River Tower Hospital, Children’s Hospital). The Medical Center includes centers for specialized care (Heart Center, Transplantation Center, Hollings Cancer Center, and Digestive Diseases Center). Multiple programs have earned distinguished reputations at MUSC: neuroscience, substance abuse, cardiovascular medicine, drug sciences, perinatal medicine, burn care, ophthalmology, hearing loss, genetics, rheumatology, transplantation, and cancer care.

The Fellowship Program requires two years for completion. The fellows will rotate in the clinical chemistry laboratory at MUSC, a full-service laboratory including general chemistry, immunoassays, therapeutic drug monitoring, toxicology, special chemistry, and critical care laboratories with 53 medical technologists. The over 8000 sq-ft laboratory is equipped with Beckman Coulter total automation chemistry system, Siemens Centaur XP and Immulite 2000 immunoassay systems, Waters LC MS/MS, Perkin Elmer GC, Waters HPLC, Bio-Rad Hb Variant system, Helena electrophoresis system, and Radiometer blood gas analyzers. The fellows also have opportunity to rotate in the clinical chemistry laboratory at VA Medical Center. In addition, the fellows will rotate in molecular pathology, immunology, and hematology laboratories. The trainees are not only trained in all sub-disciplines of modern clinical chemistry, but also in basic, clinical, or translational research, laboratory management, and teaching.