March 2011 Mentor of the Month: James Ritchie
James C. Ritchie, PH.D., DABCC, FACB

Jim received his BS Zoology in 1970, a Masters in Public Health Epidemiology in 1976 both from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Duke University in 1995. He has been continuously involved in clinical laboratory work since 1972.  Currently he is the co-director of the Emory University Core, Special Chemistry, and Immunology Laboratories. He is also a co-director of the Emory ComACC post doctoral training program. 

He has been a member of AACC and the TDM Division since 1984.  Nationally, he has served on the Continuing Education committee, the Publications committee, and was a founding member of the Proteomics division, serving as treasurer and chairman of the Division.  He has also served locally as the chairman and secretary/treasurer of the Southeast Section.  Currently he is secretary of the NACB board of directors and a member of the ABCC board. 

His specific areas of research interest are therapeutic drug monitoring and the neuropharmacology of mental illness including the pharmacology of antidepressants, antipsychotics, and antiepileptics during pregnancy. 

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