University of California, Los Angeles



Chief of Clinical Chemistry
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Telephone: (310) 267-8169
Fax: 310-267-0972

Fellowship Coordinator

Victoria Amador
Telephone: (310) 825-3766

Faculty and Research Interests

Lu Song, PhDGeneral clinical chemistry, Endocrinology, Special Chemistry, Laboratory Calculations and Statistics
Thomas Drake, M.D.Clinical Informatics
Omai Garner, Ph.D.POCT, Serology, infectious disease, microbiology.
Imir Metushi, PhDGeneral clinical chemistry, therapeutic drug monitoring, clinical toxicology, immunology, POCT.
Allison Chambliss, PhDGeneral clinical chemistry, urinalysis, laboratory stewardship
Josh Deignan, Ph.D.Molecular diagnostics
Stan Nelson, M.D.Clinical genomics
Nam Ku, MDHematology, coagulation
Zhen Mei, MDTransfusion medicine, coagulation

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/PGY2
Source of funding: Departmental
Current number of trainees: 1
Number of past graduates: 2

Application Procedures


Qualified candidates who have completed a Ph.D or equivalent degree in medical, biological or basic sciences from a recognized institution of higher learning. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 30 semester hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry courses to meet certification eligibility requirements by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC). A description of approved courses can be found in Table 1 below and additional information may be accessed at the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) Exam Information website. Foreign graduates with credentials earned outside of the United States or Canada will be required to submit a credentials evaluation from an ABCC approved agency. A list of approved credentials evaluation services may be accessed at ABCC Credentials Evaluation Services.

Table 1: Subject Areas/Related Course Classification

Minimum Required Number of Semester Hours per ABCC Certificate Discipline
Course ClassificationSubject Area or Related CoursesClinical Chemistry,  Toxicological chemistryMolecular Diagnostics
Type AUndergraduate or graduate courses in analytic, organic, physical, or general chemistry, or biochemistry28 hoursAt least 20 hours from Type A & B courses. The remaining 10 hours may include Type A, B or C courses.
Type BUndergraduate or graduate courses in toxicology, animal biology, molecular biology, medical genetics, genetics, microbiology, or immunology2 hours
Type CUndergraduate or graduate courses in material or computer sciences, or bioinformatics


Submit letter of intent, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation.

Selected applicants will be required to complete a formal application and submit transcripts of graduate and undergraduate records. Interview is required and will include a seminar presentation.  Applicants with more than three prior years of postdoctoral experience are not eligible to apply.


September 10 for application positions starting January or July 1 the following year. Our online application may be accessed at the UCLA ComACC Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Application

Program Description

The program’s mission is to prepare postdoctoral fellows for a career in academic clinical chemistry including service, teaching, and research activities and to be certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in General Chemistry, toxicological chemistry, and Molecular Diagnostics.  The training will be conducted in diverse environments; a clinical hospital laboratory (Ronald Reagan Hospital), a reference/outreach laboratory (Bruin University Reference Laboratory), a performance enhancing drug testing laboratory (Olympic Analytical Laboratory), and a molecular diagnostics laboratory all at the UCLA Medical Center.  These environments require excellence in different skill sets and this exposure will give the fellow a broad perspective of career choices.  The program will provide training in the operation of a high complexity clinical laboratory, which includes but is not limited to; on-call responsibilities, lab management, compliance, quality assurance, laboratory information systems, informatics, and curriculum specified by ComACC.  The program will also stress molecular diagnostic testing, genetics, quality initiatives, the application of laboratory test results to the management of patients and “Acting Director Training”.  The trainee will also be expected to participate in clinical chemistry, laboratory medicine, or basic science research with a UCLA faculty member.​