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Division of Specialty Biochemistry

Specialty Biochemistry laboratory has state of the art facilities and technology. To keep up with the pace of advanced techniques in laboratory medicine, we continue to add new tests and/or replace equipment as need arises. We have many years of experience performing specialty tests such as immunosuppressant drugs, comprehensive allergy testing, autoimmune antibody testing, tumour markers and hormone testing and trace elements testing just to name a few.

It is composed of four main areas each with its own specialty:

  • Clinical Immunology
  • Endocrinology
  • Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
  • Trace Elements

Clinical Immunology laboratory is specialized performing comprehensive allergy testing with more than 200 allergens, autoantibody testing for autoimmune diseases and protein electrophoresis. We use various techniques such as double diffusion, enzyme-linked immuno absorbent assay (ELISA), immunofluorescence assay (IFA) and fluorescent enzyme immunoassay (FEIA).

Endocrinology laboratory provides a large menu of tests for hormones and tumour markers. We have a variety of platforms such us Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), Radioimmunoassay (RIA) and fully automated chemiluminescence analyzers.

Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring laboratory offers a wide test menu of immunosuppressant/therapeutic drugs, drugs of abuse testing and confirmations, vitamin testing, renal stone analysis and more. We mainly use Triple Quad Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Gas Chromatography (GC) and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) methodologies.

Trace Elements Laboratory offers the widest range of trace element analysis for nutritional and toxic elements of clinical interest in Canada. Testing is used to assess deficiencies, measure nutrient intake, monitor toxic exposure through environmental or occupational exposure and provide metal analysis for patients with implants. We use High Resolution Sector Field Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (HR-SF-ICP-MS) technology.


Division Head:

Dr. Vipin Bhayana
519-685-8500, ext. 35775


Vily Choperena
519-685-8500, ext. 64025

Section Head:

Dr. Liju Yang
Clinical Immunology/Trace Elements
519-685-8500, ext. 35768

Section Head:

Dr. Angela Rutledge
519-685-8500, ext. 77626

Section Head:

Dr. Norman Smith
Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
519-685-8500, ext. 64733

Senior Technologist:

Pamela Edmond
Clinical Immunology
519-685-8500, ext. 36841

Senior Technologist:

Yvonne Chambers
519-685-8500, ext. 76078

Senior Technologist:

Cindy Iacobelli
Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring/
Trace Elements
519-685-8500, ext. 65748

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry London Health Sciences CentreSt. Joseph's Health Care LondonWestern University