Nutrition Evaluation Laboratory

The Nutrition Evaluation Laboratory provides clinical and specialized biochemical analyses for human, animal, epidemiological, and field studies. Licensed by the federal government and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Clinical Core Unit provides results for hematology, blood chemistry, and urinalysis markers. The laboratory adheres to strict quality-control measures by using commercial reference materials and by participating in the College of American Pathologists’ external proficiency survey. The Specialized Chemistries Unit provides protocol-specific laboratory procedures and has a comprehensive test menu. Water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, lipids, proteins, amino acids, carbohydrates, hormones, enzymes, hematological parameters, and macro and micro minerals are analyzed using modern immunoassay techniques, UV/Visible spectroscopy, chromatography, absorption and emission spectroscopy, combustion, flow cytometry, and clinical chemistry methods. Quality control of the esoteric procedures is monitored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Reference Materials, College of American Pathologists, professional Round Robins and Quality Assurance Programs. The Specimen Processing Unit receives, processes, stores, and tracks blood, urine, and fecal samples. A clinical laboratory software package provides infinite storage and specimen archiving, on-line quality-control checking, workload reporting, and test-result transfer from instruments to medical records.

Gayle Petty, M.B.A., Manager
Directly responsible for administrative and scientific leadership related to all operations of a state and federal licensed clinical laboratory and analytical core research facility in which human, animal and food specimens are evaluated for markers of nutritional status. Scientific responsibilities involve directing the development, implementation and troubleshooting of laboratory tests using advance and state-of-the-art instrumentation, establishing quality control procedures, and designing the analytical components of research protocols.

Shahin Sarkarati Smith, B.S., Laboratory Section Supervisor
Stephanie Thea Leon Valliere, B.S.,MLS(ASCP), Laboratory Section Supervisor
Jian Qin, B.S., Research Assistant
Elias Seyoum, Ph.D., Research Assistant
Hong Wang, B.S., Research Assistant
Danielle Greengart, B.S., Specimen Processing Technician

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