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February 2010 Mentor of the Month: Patti Jones
Patti Jones, PhD

I am currently the Clinical Director of the Chemistry and Metabolic Disease Labs at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, TX, and an Associate Professor of Pathology and Medical Laboratory Science at UT Southwestern Medical Center. My PhD is in Molecular Biology with a minor in Biochemistry, received from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX in 1986. I did my clinical chemistry training as a Fellow at UT Southwestern Medical Center and was board certified in clinical chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in 1992.

Along with my regular duties at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, I also teach Biochemistry to Medical Technology students at UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, and am on the faculty of a COMACC accredited Clinical Chemistry Fellowship program and an ACGME accredited Pediatric Pathology Fellowship program at UT Southwestern. My duties include instructing pathology residents and various fellows in aspects of clinical chemistry, and acting as a clinical consultant at the Dallas county hospital (Parkland) and the university hospital system.

My research interests lie in the field of inborn errors of metabolism, especially disorders of fatty acid metabolism.  

I have been a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) since 1986, including being Past-Chair of the Pediatric and Maternal-Fetal Division and the current Chair-elect of the Texas Section.  I am fairly active in AACC, serving on the Divisions Management Group, the Pediatric Reference Range Committee, the Clinical Chemistry Review Course Organizing Committee and the 2010 AMOC.  I’m also on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemists (NACB).  My other memberships include the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the Association of Clinical Biochemists (ACB).