2009 Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator
Dr. Bornhorst is 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. In this position, he revamped the clinical chemistry and immunology areas to fully automate chemistry testing, reduce turnaround time, improve results reporting, and expand test menus. Dr. Bornhorst received his fellowship training at the University of Utah, where he developed an interest in alpha-1 antitrypsin testing, a subject on which he has presented a brown bag expert session at the AACC Annual Meeting. At the University of Arkansas, his research has expanded to include laboratory automation, point-of-care testing, and the clinical evaluation of multiple myeloma and myeloproliferative disorders. He has published 18 papers, including in Clinical Chemistry and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has presented more than 20 abstracts, including at meetings of the AACC, the Association of Molecular Pathology, and the Association of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. He received the Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award of the Association of Clinical Laboratory Scientists and was twice awarded student abstract travel grants by the AACC. An active member of several professional groups, including the AACC, he has spoken on behalf of the Society of Young Clinical Laboratorians to stimulate interest among doctoral candidates in a career in clinical chemistry.