American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
Russell Tracy, PhD
1984 Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator

Russell P. Tracy will receive the 1984 AACC Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator. This award is sponsored by Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics.

Dr. Tracy was born in New York City. He received his B.S. in biology in 1971 from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Syracuse University in 1978.

His graduate research project involved the isolation and characterization of the subunits of beef heart cytochrome c oxidase, and the determination of their arrangement in the mitochondrial inner membrane by use of subunit-specific antibodies as probes. His postdoctoral training fellowship, at the Mayo Clinic, was divided into two sections. During his first year he rotated through various laboratories of the clinical chemistry section, becoming familiar with the assays performed and the pathophysiology related to the interpretation of individual tests. He was also involved in method development during this period. His second year was divided between research and specialization in one of the service laboratories. His research project was to coordinate a section-wide study of renal transplant rejection.

Dr. Tracy was also a postdoctoral research fellow in clinical chemistry at Mayo Clinic for three years, during which time he evaluated the usefulness of high-resolution two-dimensional gel electrophoresis in clinical chemistry. In his current research he is using this technique to investigate renal malignancy and renal disease caused by multiple myeloma. In both cases, his goals are to identify specific proteins that might be associated with the disease, to develop appropriate monoclonal antibodies, and to utilize these antibodies for assaying the proteins in clinical specimens and for examining the biochemistry of the proteins as they relate to the disease states.

Dr. Tracy has authored or co-authored 28 journal papers, six book chapters, and 32 abstracts and presentations. He is currently an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Rochester Medical School, and the assistant director of Clinical Chemistry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.

Dr. Tracy is married, and has two children, Patrick and Sarah. His wife, Paula, is a Ph.D. biochemist on the staff with him.