University of Maryland School of Medicine



Clinical Pathology, Box 146
University of Maryland
School of Medicine
22 S. Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Robert H. Christenson, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: (410) 328-8672
Fax: (410) 328-5880

Faculty and Research Interests

Department of Medical and Research Technology
Janine D. Cook, PhD, DABCC General clinical chemistry and endocrinology
Hassan H.M.E. Azzazy, PhD Clinical chemistry , immunoassays, biotechnology
Department of Pathology
Robert H. Christenson, PhD, DABCC Markers of cell injury, serum proteins, general clinical chemistry
Show-Hong Duh, PhD General clinical chemistry and toxicology
W. Edward Highsmith, PhD Molecular pathology, toxicology

Program Listing:

Level of training: Postdoctoral
Number of position available per year: 1
Duration of program: 2-3 years
Approximate annual salary or stipend: $30,000
Source of funding: Grants
Current number of trainees: 1
Number of past graduates (over last 10 years): 4
Positions accepted by most recent graduates: 3 academic; 1 consulting

Application Procedures:


MD or PhD in physical or biological science.


Send letter of interest and resume. Letters of reference are required on request only. Interviews strongly preferred.



Program Description

The postdoctoral training program in clinical chemistry at the University of Maryland is intended to prepare trainees for director responsibilities in clinical chemistry and related sections of laboratories. Trainees rotate through the clinical chemistry, toxicology, point-of-care and related sections of the laboratory at the University of Maryland Medical Center and at other institutions when supplementary experience is desired. The program is designed as either a two- or three-year experience, depending on the goals and needs of the fellow. Courses in clinical chemistry are the only requirement, but other courses will be recommended by the program director to strengthen background or for specialty training. During the final 1 ½ years of the program, trainees participate in medical rounds and assist in daily management of the laboratory. There is ample opportunity for fellows to teach a variety of students and other fellows. Additionally, during this time trainees complete research projects confluent with the interests, expertise, and needs of the fellow. Smaller projects involve development and implementation of a new test method in the laboratory. More extensive research projects occupy much of the second year and are often a collaborative clinical investigation with another department of the School of Medicine. Publication of research studies and application and examination by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry are expected for successful completion of the program.

The masters degree program in clinical chemistry is intended to provide advanced specialty training to individuals who have had little or no formal training in clinical chemistry. Most of the course plan is customized to fulfill the needs of the individual student. A research project and thesis are required, and publication of the study is expected. Graduates are encouraged to apply for examination by the National Registry in Clinical Chemistry.