Professional Titles

  • Molecular Biologist
  • Director, Intermountain DNA Laboratory
  • Technical Director, Intermountain Healthcare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
  • PhD, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Professor, Research Track, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine

Research and Professional Experience

Dr. Carlquist has been involved in cardiovascular research since 1982. His early projects examined cellular and immunological factors in idiopathic cardiomyopathy and the rejection of cardiac transplants. His later studies attempted to identify genetic factors that contribute to cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease.

Dr. Carlquist's early work led to the founding of the Cardiovascular DNA bank, which he has directed since its establishment. The bank presently stores DNA and plasma samples from over 30,000 consenting patients.

In his role, Dr. Carlquist has served as principal or co-principal investigator on numerous federally and privately funded projects. He has also received two American Heart Association research awards and 12 internal research grants from the Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation.

Dr. Carlquist has been a manuscript referee for 25 peer-reviewed journals and currently serves on the editorial board for one publication. He also founded the Intermountain Healthcare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, served as the Laboratory Medical Director for several years and continues to serve as the Technical Director.

Current Projects

  • Population and Mendelian genetic associations with coronary artery disease, inherited arrhythmias, and cardiomyopathy
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Genetics of adverse drug associations
  • Infectious factors in cardiovascular disease including chronic infections, indigenous microflora and acute infection in the pathology of cardiovascular disease
  • Telomere length, oxidative damage, and the biology of aging, including effects on cardiovascular outcomes and cardiac arrhythmias