University of Washington



Jane A. Dickerson, PhD, DABCC
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Laboratory OC.8.720
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Associate Director

Joyce Liao, PhD, DABCC
University of Washington
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Box 357110
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98185

Program Administrator Address

University of Washington
Departments of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
Box 357470
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98185

Program Administrators

Hazel Gawaran
Education Manager

Maureen Ni
Program Coordinator

Affiliated Institutions

University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System
Harborview Medical Center

Faculty and Research Interests

University of Washington Medical Center
Joyce Liao, PhD, DABCC Mass Spectrometry, Laboratory Utilization, Proteomics, Oligonucleotide, Aptamers
Daniel Bankson, SM, PhD, MBA, DABCC Endocrinology, Nutrition, Metabolism, Business Administration, Management
David Chou, MD Informatics
Andrew N. Hoofnagle, MD, PhD, DABCC Proteomics, Mass Spectrometry
Petrie M. Rainey, MD, PhD Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicology
Jonathan F. Tait, MD, PhD Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry
Mark Wener, MD Immunology
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Jane Dickerson, PhD, DBACC
Pediatric Clinical Chemistry, Utilization Management
Michael Astion, MD, PhD Immunology, Multimedia Computer-Aided Tutorials
Rhona M. Jack, PhD, NRCC Pediatric Biochemistry, Biochemical Genetics
Joe C. Rutledge, MD Genetic Diseases
Karen D. Tsuchiya, MD Molecular Pathology and Genetics, Microarrays
Min Xu, MD, PhD Pediatric Clinical Chemistry, Immunoassay Development

Program Listing:

Level(s) of training: Postdoctoral
Number of positions available per year: 1 (Dept. funded)
Duration of program: Two years
Approximate annual salary or stipend: Stipend is correlated to the University of Washington’s ACGME stipend schedule, such that a Year 1 fellow stipend is approximately equivalent to an R1PGY1 level, and a Year 2 fellow is approximately equal to an R2/PGY2 level.
Source of funding: Departmental
Current number of trainees: 2 postdoctoral
Number of past graduates (over the last 10 years): 12 postdoctoral

Application Procedures:


PhD or MD with academic credentials appropriate for ABCC certification; or MD with credentials for ABP certification.


See for further information and to download application forms.

Program Description

The Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Chemistry at the University of Washington is the oldest in the United States. More than eighty clinical chemists have graduated from the program to go on to successful careers in leading universities, private hospitals, commercial laboratories and industry.

The goal of this two-year postdoctoral program is to prepare doctoral scientists or physicians for academic careers in clinical chemistry. The training is tailored to the background and interests of the individual fellows. The first month of training is an intensive didactic course in all aspects of Laboratory Medicine. In the next six to nine months, fellows will rotate through all sections of the clinical chemistry laboratories at the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. During these rotations, fellows become familiar with the spectrum of analytical methods and instrumentation used in a clinical chemistry laboratory, along with the interpretation of results from these analyses and with management aspects of these sections. During the remaining 12 to 15 months of training, fellows pursue research relevant to laboratory medicine under the mentorship of Laboratory Medicine faculty.

The fellows also participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs of the Department. There are on-going didactic sessions throughout the training program, as well as small projects to carry out. Fellows take call for problems that may arise in the clinical chemistry laboratory and interact on a frequent basis with pathology residents training in Laboratory Medicine.