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Richard L. Hodinka, Ph.D., F (AAM)

Title: Professor
Biomedical Sciences
School of Medicine Greenville
E-mail: hodinka@greenvillemed.sc.edu
Phone: 864-455-7379
   
Office: 701 Grove Road
Greenville SC 29605
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Bio

Background: Dr. Hodinka is a tenured Professor in Microbiology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USCSOMG) and served as the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences from 2015-2020. For 26 years, from 1988-2014, he was the Director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He has 30+ years of experience with the development, validation and implementation of clinical microbiology laboratory assays, particularly qualitative and quantitative molecular methods for the accurate diagnosis and monitoring of microbial pathogens causing human infectious diseases. He has published extensively and is the author of a number of original scientific publications, review articles and book chapters in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases and is an Editor of a well-respected book in laboratory medicine titled the Clinical Virology Manual. Dr. Hodinka serves as an invited reviewer for a number of journals and is on various journal editorial boards, including the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and the Journal of Clinical Virology (currently an Editor). He also participates as a scientific reviewer of federal and foundation grants and is a member on national and international committees, working groups, and advisory boards as an expert in his field. He is in demand as an invited speaker at academic institutions and at national and international conferences and has served as a National Foundation Lecturer for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and is currently a member of the ASM Speakers’ Bureau. In his tenure, Dr. Hodinka also has served as PI or co-PI for 24 extramurally funded grants focused on developments in diagnostic microbiology, ranging from $15K-3.1M. His experiences extend to molecular nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and more conventional culture-, antibody- and antigen-based diagnostics for a variety viruses, including respiratory viruses, gastrointestinal viruses, viruses that cause central nervous system diseases, hepatitis viruses, viruses of immunocompromised hosts, and pathogens causing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, herpes simplex virus and Trichomonas vaginalis.
Teaching Interest(s): Have taught medical microbiology and infectious diseases to medical students, interns, residents, infectious diseases and pathology fellows, medical technologists, and visiting scholars for 26 years at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and to first and second year medical students for the past 7 years at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.
Research Interest(s): Medical (Clinical) Virology, Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases - Research interests are centered on the development, validation and implementation of novel rapid and accurate methods for the diagnosis and monitoring of infectious diseases, with a primary focus on viruses (including SARS CoV-2). Current emphasis has been on laboratory-based and point-of-care (point-of-impact) molecular technologies, although work in areas of specific antibody and antigen detection continue as well.
Honors & Awards: Election to Fellowship, American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Biomedical Sciences Faculty of the Year Award, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
bioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Diagnostic Virology Award, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV)
President, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV)
Dean's Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Distinguished Teaching Award, Class of 2003, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
President-Elect, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV)
Distinguished Teaching Award, Class of 2002, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Warren City Schools
Dupont Clinical Virology Award for Exceptional Research, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV)
Ethel Brown Foerderer Fund for Excellence Research Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
National Foundation Distinguished Lecturer, Medical Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Becton Dickinson Traveling Lecturer Award, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
N. Paul Hudson Research Commendation, Ohio University
Resaerch Grant Award, Ohio University (1982)
Research Grant Award, Ohio University (1980)
Alan C. Hall Scholarship, Marietta College
Loyd Science Scholarship, Marietta College

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