University of California, Los Angeles



Interim Co-Chief Clinical Chemistry
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Telephone: 310-267-8169
Fax: 310-267-0972

Fellowship Coordinator

Jayne Lu
Telephone: (310) 267-1900

Faculty and Research Interests

Josh Deignan, Ph.D. Molecular diagnostics
Thomas Drake, M.D. Clinical Informatics
Omai Garner, Ph.D. Serology, infectious disease, microbiology. POCT.
Kathleen A. Kelly, Ph.D. General clinical chemistry, therapeutic drug monitoring, clinical toxicology, mass spectrometry, immunology.
Nam Ku, M.D. Hematology
Stan Nelson, M.D. Clinical genomics
Lu Song, Ph.D General clinical chemistry, reference laboratory and outreach testing.

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: New Program

Application Procedures


Qualified candidates who have completed a Ph.D or equivalent degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.  Applicants must have a 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. A description of approved courses can be found in Table 1 below and additional information may be accessed at ABCC Exam Information.  Foreign graduates with credentials earned outside of the United States or Canada will be required to submit a credentials evaluation from an ABCC (American Board of Clinical Chemistry) approved agency. A list of approved credentials evaluation services may be accessed at ABCC Credentials Evaluation Services.

Table 1. Required Distribution of Coursework by Certification Discipline

Mininum Required Number of Semester Hours per ABCC Certificate Discipline
Course Classification Subject Area or Related Courses Clinical Chemistry and Toxilogical Chemistry Molecular Diagnostics
Type A Undergraduate or graduate courses in analytic, organic, physical, or general chemistry, or biochemistry 28 hours At least 20 hours from Type A & B courses. The remaining 10 hours may included Type A, B or C courses.
Type B Undergraduate or graduate courses in toxicology, animal biology, molecular biology, medical genetics, genetics, microbiology, or immunology 2 hours
Type C Undergraduate or graduate courses in material or computer sciences, or bioinformatics


Submit letter of intent, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to:

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 13 for application to 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 those with a PhD 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 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 applied clinical, translational or basic science research with a UCLA faculty member. ​