Thomas Kampfrath, PhD, DABCC, NRCC, FAACC
Chief of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Dr. Kampfrath is a scientist who is highly active in basic and applied research, exhaustively exploring and developing newer paradigms. During his years as a graduate student and as a post-doc, he worked in the field of air pollution and explored the mechanisms underlying particulate matter induced lung and cardiovascular inflammation. He was able to show using LC/MS-MS analysis that mice chronically exposed to particulate matter possess an increased amount of inflammatory oxidized phospholipids in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid compared to the control group. Dr. Kampfrath published this work in January 2011 in Circulation Research. Furthermore, Dr. Kampfrath’s early exposure to human studies at The Ohio State University introduced him to clinical chemistry and initiated his interest in pursuing this career path. Dr. Kampfrath is also deeply passionate about interacting with and mentoring students. Currently, he serves as an instructor for the UC Berkeley Extension program in order to prepare and motivate students for the clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) training program. Over the years, Dr. Kampfrath has contributed as either first author or co-author to more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, 5 of them were during his time as a clinical chemistry fellow at the University of Louisville. Additionally, he has presented numerous abstracts at national and international meetings and given several oral presentations about his research.