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IFCC Executive Board: 2012-2014 Biographies

Prof. Larry J. KRICKA, Member

 Larry Kricka

Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
7.103 Founders Pavilion
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: +1 215 662 6575


Larry J. Kricka (DPhil, FACB, CSci, CChem, FRSC, FRCPath) is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the General Chemistry Laboratory, and Director of the Critical Care Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA.  He received BA (1968) and DPhil (1971) degrees from the University of York, UK and joined the Clinical Chemistry Department (Wolfson Research Laboratories) at Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK in 1973 where he became Reader in Clinical Chemistry (1987).  In 1981 he was a Medical Research Council Traveling Fellow, at the University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA and in 2002 was Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Christ's College, Cambridge, UK.

Prof Kricka has been an active member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) since 1987, and has served as a member of its Board of Directors (1997-1999) and was President of the AACC in 2001.  He has also been active in AACC educational activities and was Chair of the Oak Ridge Conference (1994-1996), and Vice Chair of the 2008 and the 2012 AACC Annual Meeting Organizing Committee.  Also, he is an Honorary member of the Association for Clinical Biochemistry (UK).  From 1997-1999, Prof Kricka was a member of the IFCC Committee on Advanced Technology and subsequently, Chair of the IFCC Working Group on Microtechnology (1999).  In the 1980s he served as a consultant to the WHO and the British Council. He is currently President of the International Society for Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence.

Prof Kricka has been active in scientific publishing and is Editor-in-chief of Luminescence, a member of the editorial board of Clinical Chemistry, Lab-on-a-chip, Biomarkers in Medicine, SciAlert, Journal of Medical Sciences, Analytical Biochemistry, and past Editor of the Journal of Immunoassay. 

Research interests include analytical applications of bioluminescence and chemiluminescence, DNA probe assays, analytical microchips for genetic and other types of testing, analytical applications of nanotechnology, analytical interferences caused by heterophile antibodies and direct to consumer testing.  Dr Kricka holds 38 U.S. patents; and is the author/co-author of over 550 publications including 23 books.  He has received a number of awards and honors including the Society of Analytical Chemistry Silver Medal (Royal Society of Chemistry) (1981), Prince of Wales Award for Innovation and Production (1989), Queens Award for Technological Achievement  (1990), Rank Prize for Opto-Electronics (1991), the AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research (1998), and the AACC Ullman Award (2006).

His personal interests include weight lifting, alliterative verse, and gastronomy.

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