Linda Thienpont (Prof. Dr.)
Linda Thienpont, Pharm, PhD, is Director of the Laboratory for Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium.
She received her degree of pharmacist (1976) and her PhD (1981) from Ghent University. In 1986, after successfully completing her advanced studies and training, she became certified in clinical chemistry and in the use of radioisotopes for in vitro diagnostic tests. In 1989, she earned qualification as postdoctoral lecturer in bioanalysis (habilitation) and was appointed a full professor in instrumental analytical chemistry at Ghent University (Bachelor/Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences), where she also teaches statistics and quality control (Master of Clinical Biology) and development and validation of analytical methods (master of applied pharmaceutical sciences).
Dr. Linda Thienpont's main research interests focus on the development/validation of SI-traceable reference measurement procedures based on isotope dilution-mass spectrometry for analysis of serum metabolites/substrates, total and free steroid/thyroid hormones, peptides and small proteins. She was/is involved in many projects of the European Commission, Beltest, European Competent Authorities, IFCC, proficiency testing providers, Metrological Institutes. She is author of more than 100 publications, mostly in the field of reference measurement procedures but also of graphical and statistical techniques for interpretation of method comparison studies. Dr. Linda Thienpont actively contributes in several international standardization programs: in the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, she has chaired the Subcommittee on Free Thyroid Hormone Measurements and currently serves as member in the Area Committee on Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology; in the IFCC, she has chaired the WG on Standardization of Cortisol Measurements and currently chairs the WG on Standardization of Thyroid Function Tests; in the Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM) she is co-chair of the WG on Reference Measurement Laboratories; in the CEN/TC 140, in vitro diagnostic systems, she serves as representative for Belgium; she is member of a WG for Standardization of Insulin Assays established by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in cooperation with the NIDDK, EASD, CDC and IFCC. The laboratory of Dr. Linda Thienpont at Ghent University as well as the measurement procedures developed within the laboratory's research activities are listed as Reference Measurement Laboratory and ISO 15193 conform reference measurement procedures in the JCTLM Database
In her capacity of Director of this Reference Laboratory, Dr. Linda Thienpont works closely with the international diagnostics industry. Dr. Thienpont is member of the Editorial Board of Clinical Chemistry and serves as reviewer of Analytical Chemistry, Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Clinica Chimica Acta, Journal of Chromatography A & B, Mikrochimica Acta, Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation, Scandinavian Journal of Clinical Laboratory Investigations, Steroids.