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Lu Song, PhD



Lu Song is the interim co-chief of Clinical Chemistry at UCLA Medical Center and an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine of UCLA. She became certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) in 2002 and obtained her clinical chemist license from the State of California in 2013. She received her Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from University of Washington in 1989 and completed clinical chemistry postdoctoral training from the Mayo Clinic in 1998. She has more than 20 years experience in directing clinical laboratory, implementing quality control programs, developing and validating new assays, troubleshooting technical problems with chemistry and immunochemistry assays, as well as providing consultations to clinicians regarding test utilization and interpretations. Dr. Song’s research activities focus on test development, assay implementation, method validation related to clinical chemistry, especially in areas of heart disease, cancer, endocrine disorders and bone metabolism.



University of Washing College of Arts and Sciences, PhD, 1989



  1. Wu TJ, Yu EH, Song L, Taylor RL, Kao PC. Filter paper collection of plasma for IGF-I test in patients with acromegaly. ANN CLIN LAB SCI. 2002; 32(3):287-291.
  2. Song L, Chou PP, Matt N, Sisco K, Sherman N. Evaluation of an automated immunofluorescent assay for procalcitonin. Clin Chem. 2010; 56(S6).
  3. Song L, Dlott J, Haley C, Gould N, Chou P, Sahud M. Performance characteristics of serotonin release assay using low molecular weight heparin and fondaparinux. Clin Chem. 2010; 56(S6).
  4. Song L, Mistry TN, Cross B. Laboratory detection of a nonsecretory multiple myeloma using free light chain assay and anti-free light chain immunofixation electrophoresis. Clin Chem. 2010; 56(S6).
  5. Song L, Furlanetto R, Lara M, Carr M, Sisco K, Willeford S. Comparison of two free T4 immunoassays with a direct dialysis method. Clin Chem. 2011; 57(10).
  6. Song, L., Kelly, K., and Butch, A., Monoclonal and Polyclonal Immunoglobulin Interference in a Conjugated Bilirubin Assay. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2014;138(7):950-4.
  7. Alberti MO, Drake TA, Song L. The pH of chemistry assays plays an important role in monoclonal immunoglobulin interferences. Practical Laboratory Medicine. 2015; 3:8–16.
  8. Stene D, and Song L. Investigation of Maltose Interference on the Roche ACCU-CHEK Inform II Blood Glucose Meter. Point of Care: The Journal of Near Patient Testing and Technology. 2016; 15(1): 26-29.
  9. Song L, Alexanian S, Binder SW. Discrepant Potassium Results. The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine. 2017; 1:432-436.
  10. Song L. On the case of paraprotein interference assays with extreme pH, low ionic strength susceptible - Bench Matters. Clinical Laboratory News. 2017; 43(4): 4-5.
  11. Song L. Calcium and Bone Metabolism Indices. Advances in Clinical Chemistry. Edited by Gregory S. Makowski. Academic Press. 2017; 82:1-46.