University of California, San Diego



UCSD Center for Advanced Lab Medicine
10300 Campus Pt Dr, Suite 150
San Diego, CA 92121


Robert L. Fitzgerald, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: 858-657-5733
Fax: 858-657-5807

Faculty and Research Interests

Robert Fitzgerald, PhD, DABCCMass spectrometry, cardiac markers, toxicology
Michael Kelner, MDNovel anticancer compounds based on natural products
David Herold, MD, PhD, DABCCClinical applications of mass spectrometry
David Bailey, MD, PhDClinical Toxicology, clinical chemistry
Ronald McLawhon, MD, PhDBiochemistry of membrane receptors and signal transduction
Amadeo Pesce, PhDPain Management, clinical toxicology
Marie Dell’Aquila, PhDCytogenetics
Denise Malicki, MD, PhDPediatric Pathology

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 first year resident salaries
Source of funding: University
Current number of trainees: 2
Number of past graduates: 6

Application Procedures


Applicants must have an earned Doctor of Medicine degree or Doctor of Philosophy (or an equivalent doctoral degree) in the basic sciences; chemistry, biology, pharmacology, or toxicology from an accredited university or college. Applicants should have successfully completed enough chemistry courses to apply to the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, i.e., 24 semester-hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry courses plus a minimum of 4 semester-hours (or equivalent) in biochemistry courses at the graduate level.


Send statement of interest and copy of CV to Dr. Fitzgerald


Please submit required information in September/October for consideration of a July start date in the following.

Program Description

The primary objective of this program is to train individuals with a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD degree to become competent laboratory directors in the fields of clinical chemistry and/or clinical toxicology. Trainees are expected to become certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in chemistry or toxicological chemistry, and to compete for positions as director or associate directors of medical schools, hospital-based clinical chemistry laboratories, reference laboratories, or industrial positions. This objective is achieved through training in clinical chemistry, laboratory administration, and research.This program emphasizes a combination of training in classical clinical chemistry (e.g., blood gases, electrolytes, enzymes, proteins, endocrinology, therapeutic drug monitoring) and specialty areas (clinical toxicology and molecular diagnostics). A particular strength of this program is in the area of toxicology where there are collaborations with the California Poison Control Center and UC San Diego Medical Toxicology Fellowship program. The UC San Diego program also benefits from the Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine (CALM), a 90,000 square foot facility that serves as a central reference laboratory for the UCSD Healthcare system. At the CALM, fellows will have access to automated chemistry, toxicology, hematology, microbiology, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics, and information systems.