Wow, there are a lot of changes.
KP Smith's last official day is tomorrow. We will miss him. He is moving on as an Assistant Professor of Pathology at UPenn Med.
Kat Truelson, formerly an undergraduate research student in the lab, will be rejoining us as a research associate at the end of the summer. This follows two years working in Howard Shuman's laboratory at the University of Chicago studying Legionella and Acinetobacter.
Guy Shani, a soon to be senior at the University of Oxford, will be joining the laboratory for a two month stint as a summer student, shifted towards a later time than we had original envisioned because of COVID travel restrictions.
NBC10 Interview: Bringing up high volume COVID-19 testing for our healthcare network with lots of help!
Microwave-Generated Steam Decontamination of N95 Respirators Utilizing Universally Accessible Materials
Brought to you by Ramy Arnaout, Kirby Lab crew, and many collarators.:
Rapid Open Development and Clinical Validation of Multiple New 3D-Printed Nasopharyngeal Swabs in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.14.20065094v1
Addressing the shortage of nasopharyngeal swabs necesssary for collection of optimal specimens for COVID-19 testing and the current major bottleneck to large-scale COVID testing. .
Shown Left to Right are Kirby Lab Members Shade Rodriguez, KP Smith, Alex Green, Kate Zulauf, and Microbiology Fellow, Rose Lee, and Cody Callahan.
Noted in the list of credits are members of the Kirby research laboratory including Alex Green, Kate Zulauf, KP Smith, and microbiology, fellow Rose Lee, and of course our very close collaborator Ramy Arnaout and clinical colleague, Stefan Riedel, and the amazing group of clinical laboratory scientists form the BIDMC clinical microbiology laboratory who contributed so much to this project and to patient care on a daily basis.
Shortage of swabs limiting COVID testing - See collaborative effort to address short through 3D-printing technology
"Removing Obstacles for Bringing AST for New Antimicrobials in the Clinical Laboratory" ASM Microbe 2020
KP is now a much sought after speaker on artificial intelligence and clinical microbiology diagnostics. Previous stop a couple of weeks ago in Switzerland speaking at Digitalization and Infectious Diseases Conference. In fall speaking at ASM Branch Meeting in Delaware. Hard to keep track of him.
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