University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston



Department of Pathology
University of Texas Medical School
Galveston, TX 77555-0551


Anthony O. Okorodudu, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: (409) 772-3309 or 772-3197
Fax: (409) 772-9231

Faculty and Research Interests

University of Texas Medical Branch @ Galveston
Karl E. Anderson, MD Human porphyrias, especially the interaction of genetic and environmental factors and development of new treatments for these conditions
Anthony O. Okorodudu, PhD, MBA, DABCC, FACB General clinical chemistry, Toxicology and TDM; Perturbation of intracellular cations in response to drugs/diseases; research and development to support introduction of new diagnostic systems
John R. Petersen, PhD, DABCC, FACB General clinical chemistry and POCT; Liver cancer and hepatitis
Edward R. Smith, PhD Obstetrics & gynecological chemistry

Program Listing

Level(s) of training: Postdoctoral
Number of position available per year: 1
Duration of program: 2 years
Approximate annual salary or stipend: $44,168 (Consistent with PGY1)
Source of funding: Departmental
Current number of trainees: 2
Number of past graduates (over last 10 years): 10

Application Procedures


PhD in natural sciences or MD, adequate education in biological chemistry at the graduate school level. If foreign degree, must pass advanced chemistry portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).


Submit completed application form, curriculum vitae, statement of career goals, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts of graduate and undergraduate record. Interview required.


Apply by October 15 of the year preceding the July starting date.

Program Description

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston is a full-service center providing tertiary care to the indigent population of the State of Texas, the Texas Department of Corrections, and patients in Galveston County as well as surrounding counties. The medical center has 870 beds, a large ambulatory care unit, and a full-service emergency room/trauma center. Postdoctoral training in clinical chemistry will be entirely on campus at UTMB. The patient population at

UTMB is excellent with a full range of pediatric and adult medical and surgical cases.
Postdoctoral fellows will train with pathology residents. Responsibilities include seminars, selected medical lectures, journal club, selected topics in laboratory management, night call and clinical rounds. Management experience is incorporated into both years of training. Fellows also present lectures in selected topics, participate in the division’s director On-Call Service, and are assigned specific sections of the laboratory where they have technical responsibilities.

Special strengths of the UTMB program include scheduled didactic lectures, ward rounds, and scheduled rotation through all areas of the laboratory in the first six months, yearly in-service examinations, and use of state-of-the-art instrumentation. The fellows are also required to be involved in basic and applied research projects with focus in the areas of intracellular ions homeostasis, molecular toxicology, pharmacogenomics and liver cancer.