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Renee Hodgkins, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)

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Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Professional Background

S. Renee Hodgkins, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP), is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and serves as the program director fo the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (DCLS) program. She also teaches hematology theory and professional development for the bachelor's degree program.

In 1999, Hodgkins received a bachelor of science degree in biology/zoology with minors in chemistry and mathematics from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. She attended OSF St. Francis School of Medical Technology, Peoria, Illinois, and received her medical laboratory scientist (MLS) certification from ASCP in 2000.

After working in the medical laboratory field for seven years, she decided to attend graduate school. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Immunobiology from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 2013. Her dissertation research focused on the immunomodulation of influenza infection by Echinacea and obesity. She joined the department's faculty in 2014.

Hodgkins is the past chair (2017-2021) of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science’s DCLS committee and current chair of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science’s (NAACLS) Doctoral Review Committee (DRC) for 2023-2024.

She was honored as one of the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Top 40 under Forty in 2016.

Education and Training
  • PhD, Iowa State University



Hodgkins' research focus is centered on adding value to laboratory information/data through the development of doctorate programs in CLS both regionally and nationally. She is also studying the integration of clinical laboratory science into interprofessional education and simulation.