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Researchers honored by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry

Mardis, Gronowski, recognized for exceptional service in laboratory medicine

March 8, 2016

Two Washington University researchers, Elaine Mardis, PhD, and Ann Gronowski, PhD, have been recognized by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) for exceptional research and service in the field of laboratory medicine.

Mardis, co-director of The McDonnell Genome Institute, received the 2016 Morton K. Schwartz Award for Significant Contributions in Cancer Research Diagnostics. The honor is given to researchers considered to be among the world’s foremost experts in that field. Mardis has helped oversee the sequencing of many forms of cancer and other diseases, to search for their genetic causes and identify potential therapies. She also is the Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine and a research member of Siteman Cancer Center.


Gronowski, a professor of pathology and immunology, received the Outstanding Contributions in Education Award. The award recognizes an individual who has devoted a significant portion of his or her professional life to enhancing the practice and profession of clinical chemistry through education. Her lab focuses on the laboratory diagnostics of endocrinology and reproductive physiology with an emphasis on maternal fetal medicine.