Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program
The Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine Training Program in Proteo-Genomics is organized in the laboratories of several hospitals affiliated with the University of Louisville School of Medicine and in the research laboratories of participating faculty members. The two principal hospitals are University of Louisville Hospital (ULH) and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). Other affiliated hospitals and institutions in the Health Sciences Center include the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, and Jewish Hospital and Norton Hospital Healthcare Systems. As an example, the faculty in Clinical Chemistry consists of seven faculty all of whom are either board-certified by the ABCC and/or are Fellows of the NACB. Faculty in other sub-specialties such as Clinical Microbiology, Hematopathology, Transfusion Medicine, Molecular Diagnostics, etc, are also board-certified in their respective disciplines and available for training in those areas as needed. A major goal of our Fellowship Program is the integration of various specialties within genomics and proteomics in order to provide a better fundamental understanding of laboratory medicine as a clinical and research discipline.
Clinical Chemistry Fellows conduct research projects in the laboratory of a faculty member as well as participate with other faculty in one or more clinically-oriented research projects. The principal research interest of the Department’s faculty includes:
- biological markers in heart disease
- discovery of new hormones
- developing techniques in clinical pharmacogenetics and proteomics
- diagnostic applications of immunocyto-chemistry and nucleic acid-based molecular pathology techniques
- antibodies in inflammatory tissue damage
- role of lipoproteins in coronary artery disease
- novel approaches to diagnose infectious diseases
- clinical application of flow-cytometric techniques
- role of tumor markers in cancer diagnosis and treatment
- role of hormone receptors and oncogenes in oncology
- mineral metabolism in pathophysiology.
In addition, many projects ranging from evaluation of new laboratory products to development of new medical tests are actively pursued.
A very important aspect of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine is its close association with the Residency Program in Pathology. For example, training in Clinical Chemistry for the residents in pathology parallels and is integrated with that of the Clinical Chemistry postdoctoral fellows. This integration allows for maximum cross-fertilization of individuals with varied initial backgrounds and supplies the critical-mass necessary for a successful training program including establishing viable translational-research projects.