School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine


Robert Grier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Technical Director of Biochemical Genetics, DMC
Department of Pathology
Biochemical Genetics Laboratory
Harper Hospital
3990 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48201
Metabolic genetics, biochemistry, inherited metabolic disorders, pathology laboratory technology and biomedical instrumentation
Administrative Contact
Martha Brown

Dr. Grier’s laboratory is responsible for testing samples from patients who may have an inherited metabolic disorder.  These include defects of amino acid metabolism, fatty acid oxidation and organic acid metabolism, as well as carnitine determination and biotinidase activity measurement.   


Ph.D. (1985): Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, USA

Medical Education Responsibilities

Undergraduate Program
Lectures to 3rd year medical students

Training Faculty to residents and fellows rotating through the laboratory

Others Graduate students
Medical Technologists, Genetic Counseling Students, Pediatric Fellows rotate through my Lab


1. Ghidini A, Spong CY, and Grier RE, Walker CN, and Pezzullo JC, 1998, Is maternal serum triple screening a better predictor of Down syndrome in female than in male fetuses?  Prenatal Diagnosis 18: 123-6.
2. Onda T, Fukushima K, Tanaka T, Sawa R, Hayashi Z, Tsutsumi O, Takai Y, Yoshida K, Nakamura Y, Hoshi K, Fukada Y, Okai T, Sakai M, Kitagawa M, Akiyama Y, Shimomura K, Myrick F, Dowman A, and Grier RE, 1999, Amniotic fluid alpha-fetoprotein testing in native Japanese women, Prenatal Diagnosis, 19: 761-3.
3. Yoshida K, Kuwabara Y, Tanaka T, et al, 2000, Dimeric inhibin A as a fourth marker for Down’s syndrome maternal serum screening in native Japanese Women, J Obstet Gynaecol Res, 26: 171-4.
4. Maddalena A, Richards CS, McGinnis MJ, et al, 2001, ACMG statement: technical standards and guidelines for fragile X:  The first of a series of disease-specific supplements to the standards and guidelines for clinical genetics laboratories of the American College of Medical Geneitcs, Genetics in Med, 3: 200-5.