Dr. Christenson is Professor of Pathology and Professor of Medical and Research Technology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Clinically, Dr. Christenson is Medical Director of the Core Laboratories and Point of Care Testing at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Academically, Dr. Christenson has published over 310 peer-reviewed papers, 6 books, 32 textbook chapters and holds four patents. He has an active research program in the area of biomarkers with focused interests of heart disease, renal disease, oncology and stroke. His Clinical Core Research Laboratory (CCRL) has been involved in many studies aimed at achieving FDA clearance of in vitro diagnostics. He also has a long standing interest in Evidence-Based Laboratory Medicine and has chaired both AACC and IFCC committees on this topic.
He also serves on the IFCC’s task force for Standardization of Cardiac Troponin I. Dr. Christenson served on the Editorial Board of Clinical Chemistry Journal and served as an Associate Editor of Clinical Biochemistry for 15 years. Currently he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Christenson has held a number of leadership positions in professional organizations; he currently serves on the board of the American College of Cardiology’s Accreditation Board. Dr. Christenson has been particularly active in his ‘home’ professional association-The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) where he currently serves on AACC’s Nominating Committee. Dr. Christenson has served three terms on the AACC’s Board of Directors and was the AACC’s elected President in 2013.