JanelleChiasera-lowresJanelle Chiasera, Ph.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. She has held the interim position since May 2010.


“Since coming to the school several years ago to lead our Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, Dr. Chiasera has provided strong energetic leadership, first to the program, and then to the department as its interim chair,” said Harold Jones, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Professions. “Her enthusiasm, commitment to excellence and strong leadership skills will be a continuing force in the department’s development.”


Chiasera has been leading her department through a strategic plan in the past year.

“This is an exciting time and a great opportunity for our department as we set our future direction,” said Chiasera. “Having finalized our priority initiatives that are informing our current strategic planning process, we are well positioned to move our department forward in alignment with university and school priorities. I am energized by the challenge ahead of us.”

Chiasera joined UAB in 2006 as an associate professor and director of the Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Technology programs. Prior to that, she spent most of her career at Ohio State University as a faculty member, medical technologist, graduate research associate and graduate teaching associate. She also worked as a research assistant at Wexner Institute for Pediatric Research Nephrology Department at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Chiasera has written numerous books, chapters and peer reviewed journal articles as well as presented at several national conferences. She is the Alabama president of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Chiasera earned her bachelor of science in Medical Technology at Bowling Green State University. She received her master’s degree in Allied Medical Professions a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement at Ohio State University.