January 2005 Mentor of the Month: Larry Kricka
Larry Kricka, D. Phil., F.A.C.B., F.R.S.C. C.Chem., F.R.C.Path

Larry Kricka is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the General Chemistry Laboratory at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

He has received numerous honors and awards including: the Society of Analytical Chemistry Silver Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (1981), the British Technology Group Academic Enterprise Competition Award (1985), the Department of Trade and Industry, Industry Year Award for Technology Transfer (1986), the Prince of Wales Award for Innovation and Production (1989), the Queens Award for Technological Achievement (1990), the Rank Prize for Opto-Electronics (1991), the Certificate of Honor Award, American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC, New Jersey Section, 1995), the Kubasik Lecture Award (AACC, New York Upstate Section, 1997), and the AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research (1998).

His research interests include analytical applications of bioluminescence/chemiluminescence, non-isotopic immunoassays, microchips, and heterophile antibodies. Dr Kricka holds 28 U.S. patents; and is the author/co-author of over 350 articles, abstracts, book chapters, and papers; and 20 books. He is Editor-in-chief of Luminescence, a member of the editorial board of Clinical Chemistry, Lab-on-a-chip, and Analytical Biochemistry, and past Editor of the Journal of Immunoassay. He was President of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in 2001.

Dr. Kricka lives on Philadelphia's historic Main Line, in Devon, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Barbara have three adult children.

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