American Association for Clinical Chemistry
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March 2010 Mentor of the Month: Joshua Bornhorst
Joshua Bornhorst, PhD

I am an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and the director of the clinical chemistry, immunology, neonatal, and point-of-care testing sections of the University of Arkansas hospital system. After growing up in Minneapolis Minnesota, I received a BA in chemistry from Grinnell College in Iowa (1997).  One thing led to another and I found myself with a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2002.  In that pre- Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians (SYCL) era I practically stumbled onto the field of clinical chemistry as I had a sister-in-law and family friend who were medical technologists. I entered the COMACC clinical fellowship program at the University of Utah/ARUP laboratories in 2003. I received my DABCC board certification in 2008. 

In 2006 I started working at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where I have worked to fully automate chemistry testing, reduce turnaround time, improve results reporting comments, and expand in-house testing menus.  Although the University of Arkansas does not have a clinical chemistry fellowship program, I am responsible for the three month chemistry training rotations for the 4-5 AP/CP pathology residents each year.  I also teach medical students in the 2nd year pathology course and mentor medical students in clinical pathology rotations which include a chemistry component.

At the University of Utah/ARUP laboratories I developed an interest in molecular and protein analysis of alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency with the help of some of my mentors there.  My research interests have since expanded to include laboratory automation, point-of-care testing, laboratory interferences, the clinical evaluation of multiple myeloma, and circulating tumor markers. 

While I am still progressively increasing my involvement with national organizations, I have been a member of AACC and ACLPS. I have co-authored presentations with residents and staff at the University of Arkansas. I have spoken on behalf of the Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians to stimulate interest among doctoral candidates in a career in clinical chemistry. I also am involved in the Management Sciences Division and the Texas local AACC sections.