February 2007 Mentor of the Month: Elizabeth Frank
Elizabeth L. Frank, PhD

Dr. Frank is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City. She is the medical director of the Analytic Biochemistry Laboratory at ARUP Laboratories, Inc., and a co-medical director of the Calculi and Mass Spectrometry laboratory sections. In addition, Dr. Frank is the laboratory director of the University Health Care Community Clinics Central Laboratory. She is the director of the Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Chemistry at the University of Utah and coordinates the core laboratory techniques course in the Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine and Biomedical Science program.

Dr. Frank completed a BA in biology at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a clinical internship in pathology at Penrose Hospital School of Medical Technology. She worked as a medical technologist at Penrose Hospital for several years before she entered graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she obtained a doctorate in organic chemistry. Dr. Frank was an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, from 1994-99. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical chemistry at the University of Utah and became certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in 2001. Dr. Frank has served as a director of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry, and is Secretary Treasurer of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists.

Testing in the Analytic Biochemistry Laboratory includes measurement of biogenic amines, porphyrins, and vitamins. Dr. Frank’s research is focused on the development of methods for the analysis of biogenic amines, porphyrins, and vitamins using high performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.

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