American Association for Clinical Chemistry
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June 2011 Mentor of the Month: Amy Saenger
Amy K. Saenger PhD, DABCC, FACB

Dr. Saenger is an Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Laboratory Medicine in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She is the Director of the Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program and is actively involved in training fellows, pathology residents, and allied laboratory health staff. She also serves as a Director on the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (ComACC) board. Dr. Saenger received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She completed her clinical chemistry fellowship training at the University of Washington and obtained board certification in clinical chemistry (ABCC). Following fellowship training, Dr. Saenger was the Director of the Central Clinical Laboratory and Central Processing at the Mayo Clinic and recently transitioned to her current position within the last year.

Her research has focused on cardiac biomarkers such as troponin and natriuretic peptides, as well as novel biomarkers for the detection of oxidative and cardiovascular stress, damage, and heart failure. Dr. Saenger has been honored with the AACC Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator Award, the NACB George Grannis Award for Excellence in Research and Scientific Publication, the Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award from the Academy of Clinical Physicians and Scientists, the Strandjord/Clayson Award for Meritorious Research from the University of Washington, and the AACC Outstanding Speaker Award. She serves on several AACC committees including the Clinical Laboratory News board of editors, the Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians executive committee, and is currently the chair of the Midwest Section. She previously served on the 2010 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee.