Alan H.B. Wu, Ph.D., is Chief of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Laboratory Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. He received B.S. degrees in chemistry and biology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical chemistry at Hartford Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in Clinical Chemistry and Toxicological Chemistry.
Dr. Wu’s research interest has been in three areas within the field of clinical chemistry laboratory. He has been involved at the national and international levels with development and use of biochemical markers for cardiovascular disease and traumatic brain injury. He also has an interest analytical, clinical, and forensic toxicology. In both of these areas, Dr. Wu has co-authored the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines. More recently, Dr. Wu has developed research and clinical programs in pharmacogenomics in support of the UCSF clinical pharmacogenomics laboratory. Among the areas of interest include pharmacogenomics for anticoagulants, especially warfarin, chemotherapeutics and drugs that can induce hypersensitivity reactions (abacavir, anticonvulsants).
Dr. Wu has written three books for the public, “Toxicology! Because What You Don’t Know Can Kill You”, “The Hidden Assassin. When Clinical Lab Tests Go Awry,” and “Microbiology! Because What You Don’T Know Will Kill You.” These are collection of short stories involving real cases and highlight the importance of clinical laboratory tests for the lay audience.