University of Utah School of Medicine



ARUP Laboratories
500 Chipeta Way, MS 115
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Kamisha L. Johnson-Davis, PhD, DABCC (CC, TC), FAACC, FACSc
Telephone: (800) 242-2787 ext. 2982

Patricia R. Slev, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: (801) 583-2787 ext. 3253

Elizabeth L. Frank, PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FAACC
Telephone: (801) 583-2787 ext. 2087


Affiliated Institutions

University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, Inc., Intermountain Medical Center (IMC), and Primary Children’s Medical Center (PCMC)

Faculty and Research Interests

University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories, Inc.
Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir, MD, PhD, FACMG Molecular genetics and genomics
Marc Roger Couturier, PhD, D(ABMM) Infectious disease testing, microbial immunology, parasitology
Jonathan R. Genzen, MD, PhD, ABP(CP) Automated chemistry
Kamisha Johnson-Davis, PhD, DABCC Toxicology, therapeutic drug management
Elizabeth Frank, PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FAACC Biogenic amines, calculi and calculi risk, nutritional assessment, porphyrins and porphyria
Brian Kelly, PhD, DABCC, FAACC Athletic Drug Testing, Mass Spectrometry
Lauren Pearson, DO, MPH Stat lab management, cardiac markers, hematology/coagulation testing
Rong Mao, MD, FACMG Molecular genetics and genomics
Gwen McMillin, PhD, DABCC Toxicology and trace elements, pharmacogenomics, clinical drug abuse testing
Marzia Pasquali, PhD. FACMG Biochemical genetics (Inherited disorders of metabolism)
Lisa K. Peterson, PhD, D(ABMLI) Immunology, cellular, autoimmune, neurology
Patricia Slev, PhD, DABCC Hepatitis, retroviral testing
Kristi J. Smock, MD, ABP(AP, CP, and Hematology) Hematology/coagulation testing, bleeding and thrombotic disorders, anticoagulant monitoring
Joely Straseski, PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB Endocrine testing, automated chemistry
Anne Tebo, PhD Immunology
Kelly Doyle, PhD, DABCC Clinical Chemistry
Lisa Johnson, PhD, DABCC Clinical Chemistry
Yifei Yang, PhD, DABCC Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology
Phil Bach, PhD, DABCC Pediatric clinical chemistry

Program Listing

Level(s) of training: Postdoctoral
Number of positions available per year: 2 positions
Duration of program: 2 years
Approximate annual salary or stipend: Commensurate with year of post graduate train; For current schedule, click here.
Source of funding: Department
Current number of trainees: 4
Number of past graduates (since 1981): 27

Application Procedures


Applicants must hold an MD or PhD or other doctoral degree in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, or a closely related field from an accredited institution. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed (and documented) a minimum of 30 semester hours in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry or biochemistry instruction prior to admission into the program.


Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and copies of college transcripts showing 30 semester hours (or equivalent) of undergraduate and/or graduate level courses in analytic, organic, physical, or general chemistry, or biochemistry courses. Applications are submitted to the Fellowship Coordinator via email.

The use of a credential evaluation service is required for transcripts received from academic institutions outside the US or Canada.


September 10 of year preceding the July start date

Program Description

Completion of the two year postdoctoral program will prepare fellows to become successful laboratory directors in clinical chemistry. The training program is structured so that the trainees gain:

  • An academic understanding of the field of clinical chemistry, including preparation for board certification. Both chemical and clinical aspects of laboratory medicine are emphasized.
  • Practical experience handling technical, financial, personnel, and public relations matters in a full-service laboratory; chemistry sections include general and special chemistry, clinical toxicology, endocrine testing, and trace elements.
  • Expertise and techniques required to formulate and conduct research and development activities in clinical chemistry. The trainee will select, plan, conduct, and report on at least two research projects during the training period.
  • Administrative, educational and management skills required for dealing effectively with laboratory personnel, administration, and physicians utilizing the laboratory services.
  • Knowledge of how laboratory activities can be coordinated with other disciplines within the hospital to accomplish the common goal of optimum patient care.
  • An appreciation of the necessary balance between clinical and laboratory aspects of medicine through close correlation of the postdoctoral and pathology resident training programs.