A primer on use of inkjet printing and time-kill studies for combination antimicrobial susceptibility testing
Adopted by the CDC .in their Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory Network based on our prior publications in Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy for testing of aztreonam/ceftazidime-avibactam combination activity using inkjet printing. We provide a step by step video demonstration of assay setup in the Journal of Visualized Experimentation. Link to article landing page (PDF protocol access and video), "Antimicrobial Synergy Testing by the Inkjet Printer-assisted Automated Checkerboard Array and the Manual Time-kill Method" by Thea Brennan-Krohn and James E. Kirby.
Congratulions to postdoctoral fellow, KP Smith, for being selected for the Paul E Strandjord Young Investigator Award
KP's abstract was selected for the Paul E Strandjord Young Investigator Award from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS). He will be given an oral presentation at the ACLPS annual meeting this coming June. ACLPS is the organization that represents and promotes the discipline of academic clinical pathologists. Congratulations KP!
ASM has reorganized their website. Their blogs are now impossible to find, They are now organized under author pages. Blogs from current and former research and/or clinical fellows:
KP Smith's blogs can be found at: www.asm.org/Biographies/Kenneth-(K-P-)-Smith
Rose Lee's blogs can be found at: www.asm.org/Biographies/Rose-Lee
Thea Brennan-Krohn's blogs can be found at: www.asm.org/Biographies/Thea-Brennan-Krohn
Jennifer Tsang's blogs can be found at: www.asm.org/Biographies/Jennifer-Tsang
Great week for graduate school/medical school admissions (congratulations to Liam Friar and Matthew Ware)
Congratulations to Matt on admission to medical school and Liam for admission to graduate school!!!
Congratulations to Kate Zulauf for Peggy Carter Travel Award to attend the ASM Microbe Meeting in San Francisco, CA!
The ASM Peggy Cotter Travel Award Program provides funds for early career branch members, in this case, the ASM Northeast Branch, to attend the ASM Microbe Meeting, to be held this year in San Francisco, CA. Kate will be presented her work on a small molecule screen to evict CRE resistance plasmids.
We are delighted to welcome our newest laboratory member. Matthew comes with an extensive engineering and systems background and will bring new expertise to the lab!
Divya is freshman at Northeastern University and will be joining the laboratory to study novel antimicrobial treatment strategies. Her first project will involve collaboration with our Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School pathology colleague, Anders Berg.
Thea was awarded an Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS) Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Research Grant to study antimicrobial synergy against multidrug-resistant pathogens!
"These grants are for research relevant to clinical laboratory science, clinical pathology, and laboratory medicine. Proposed research may be clinical, translational, basic science, quality improvement, and/or regulatory.
As this grant program is designed for young investigators, grant recipients must either be in training (residency and/or clinical or research fellowship) OR less than three years after their first faculty appointment (any level) at the time of application" . (quoted from: http://www.aclps.org/grant.html)
In the past, there have been only three such awards given nationally in a given year.
We are delighted that Kate will be joining the laboratory in February as a postdoctoral fellow after obtaining her PhD degree from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently studies protein export and virulence in Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the laboratory of Miriam Braunstein.
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