Febrary 7, 2006 Presentation:
Tandem Mass Spectrometry Screening For Inborn Errors of Metabolism
Robert E. Grier, PhD
Robert E. Grier, Ph.D., received a B.A. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Kansas. At North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., he was granted a M.S. degree in Genetics. After a period of college teaching and laboratory work, he pursued a Ph.D. at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA. His thesis work in Human Genetics and Biochemistry described the genetic defect of Biotinidase Deficiency in humans. He went on to direct metabolic genetic laboratories and testing for genetic disorders in academic institutions, private lab and public hospital settings. The testing has covered confirmatory genetic metabolic testing, prenatal maternal screening and newborn screening involving tandem mass spectrometry. Dr. Grier has served on the American College of Medical Genetics committee that sets standards for genetic testing. He has written several articles and served as a manuscript editor for Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. His current position at the Detroit Medical Center includes providing genetic metabolic testing and serving as a consultant to the Michigan Newborn Screening Program laboratory.