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SM Hossein Sadrzadeh, Ph.D. DABCC FACB
Section Chief, Clinical Biochemistry, Alberta Precision Labs
Clinical Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary

Clinical Chemist, Alberta Precision Labs
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary

Telephone: 403-770-3676
Fax: 403-770-3738


Faculty and Research Interests

Faculty NameDegree, CertificationRole in Program
Hossein SadrzadehPhD, DABCC, FAACCCo-Director, Clinical Toxicology, General Chemistry, Laboratory Management
Alex ChinPhD, DABCC, FAACC, FCACBCo-Director, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Endocrinology, Tumor Markers
Jessica BoydPhD, FCACBClinical Toxicology
Lawrence de KoningPhD, DABCC, FAACC, FCACBPediatric Clinical Chemistry
Jessica GiffordPhD, FCACBGeneral Chemistry, Point of Care Testing
Isolde Seiden LongPhD, FCACB, DABCCTertiary Care Clinical Chemistry
Allison VennerPhD, FCACBPoint of Care Testing, Quality Management
Heather PaulPhD POCT/Chemistry
Yury ButorinPhD, FCACBGeneral Chemistry
Dennis OrtonPhD, FCACBMass Spectrometry
Shawna PitmanProgram Coordinator

Program Listing

Level(s) of training: Postdoctoral
Number of positions available per year: 1
Duration of program: 2 years
Approximate annual salary or stipend: $50,500 CAD per annum, plus a practice stipend of $1,000, less
Source of funding: Alberta Precision Labs
Current number of trainees: 2
Number of past graduates: 2

Application Procedures


  1. Applicants must have educational qualifications in chemistry or the biological sciences (eg, Biology, Bio-chemistry, Immunology, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Physiology, Medical Sciences) equivalent to the require-ments for the Ph.D. degree from a university belonging to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, or from an equivalent institution in the USA.*
  2. Canadian Citizenship or landed immigrant status preferred
  3. Strong background in leadership and scholarship (research, education)
  4. Satisfactorily completed a minimum of 30 semester hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or gradu-ate level chemistry or biochemistry courses. *University degrees from institutions outside Canada or the USA, must be academically assessed by an ap-propriate agency. Please consult the Government of Canada Foreign Credentials Referred Office (1-888-854-1805).


Submit application form, Curriculum Vitae, Personal letter (500 words maximum) for choosing Clinical Biochemistry as a career and the University of Calgary/APL as the location of your choice, official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate records, copies of three peer-reviewed publications where au-thorship has been indicated, three letters of reference as well as the reference form in the application pack-age to be submitted by the originators directly to the office.

When education was obtained at an institution outside the U.S. or Canada, a course-by-course evaluation must be submitted from the credentials evaluation agency directly to the office.


Applications must be submitted by November 1st of the year preceding the July start date.

Application packages and reference letters to be addressed to:
APL Clinical Biochemistry Fellowship Program
Attn: Shawna Pitman, Program Administrator
Alberta Precision Labs
9, 3535 Research Road NW, 4th floor Admin
Calgary, AB T2L 2K8

Program Description

Alberta Precision Labs (APL) is an academic, medical diagnostic laboratory that offers a full range of laboratory services to Calgary and parts of Southern Alberta. Every year more than two thousand physicians access our services to help diagnose, treat and monitor their patients’ health. Through our 19 community collection sites, mobile services, five hospital laboratories, four urgent care centres, and one large regional community laboratory, we serve over a million people each year and perform approximately 29 million tests annually. APL has over 90 medical and scientific staff who are also affiliated with the Department of Pathol-ogy and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. In cooperation with the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, APL offers residency programs in anatomic pathology, general pathology, neuropathology, and medical microbiology. In addition, fellowship and areas of focused competence programs are offered in var-ious disciplines of pathology and laboratory medicine (breast, cytogenetics, cytopathology, dermatopatholo-gy, gastrointestinal, gynecologic, hematopathology, histocompatibility, pediatric, pulmonary, renal, uropa-thology).


This is a full-time, two-year Clinical Biochemistry Fellowship program consisting of Clinical and Analytical Bio-chemistry training objectives delivered through a combination of didactic, mentor-led, and self-directed learning meeting curriculum requirements for both Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and American Board of Clinical Chemistry specialty certification in Clinical Biochemistry.


Graduates of this fellowship program will have acquired the knowledge, skills and professional competence to assume immediate responsibility for the clinical chemistry laboratory in a medium sized hospital or to di-rect a laboratory subject to provincial accreditation requirements. The trainees will have specialized training in Clinical Biochemistry with basic training in hematology and microbiology. They will be consultants to clini-cians regarding test selection and interpretation, instructors, and laboratory managers. Graduates will pro-vide leadership in the clinical laboratory by implementing quality patient care and performing research and development.


Our Program trains clinical biochemists:

  • Who will be able to work in academia, clinical laboratories, or the diagnostic industry
  • Who will provide service leadership in the field of clinical biochemistry and other areas of specialty in clinical laboratory science for effective quality control and assurance as directors of a clinical labora-tory
  • Who will be active in research, and who will advance knowledge in the field of clinical biochemistry for patient care
  • Who will educate peers, trainees, clinicians, and patients for the appropriate utilization, interpreta-tion, and consultation regarding laboratory tests

The overall focus of our training program is to prepare the clinical biochemist for future professional oppor-tunities in research, education, service, and administration