KP Smith wins an "Outstanding Abstract Award" otherwise known as the OAA, for his experimental work on the inoculum effect.
The award description on the ASM Microbe 2018 awards website: "Sponsored by ASM and determined by the ASM Microbe Program Committee, these awards highlight outstanding abstracts presented by students, residents, or medical/clinical fellows. All abstracts submitted by the deadline will be considered for these awards. Awards will include a cash prize of $200."
Congratulations to Thea Brennan-Krohn on being awarded a five year K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award by the National Institutes of Health!
Congratulations to lab members, Anthony Kang, and colleagues for our manuscript newly accepted in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy titled: "Efficacy of Apramycin against Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in the Murine Neutropenic Thigh Model"
The manuscripts describes potent in vitro and in vivo activity of the apramycin, an aminocyclitol aminoglycoside, against multidrug-resistant and extensively-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii.
In prior manuscripts, we demonstrated broad activity against several types of multidrug-resistant pathogens including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa
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.
New article published online today in Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Artificial intelligence, A New Tool for Interpretation of Bacterial Gram Stains
."Automated Interpretation of Blood Culture Gram Stains using a Deep Convolutional Neural Network" was published online today in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Congratulations to co-first authors: postdoctoral fellow, KP Smith, and medical microbiology fellow, Anthony Kang.
The article describes use of artificial intelligence in combination with a Metafer (MetaSystems) automated microscope to automatically interpret blood culture Gram stains without human intervention.
Link to Abstract.
Link to final accepted manuscript file.
Congratulations to KP Smith on being award an NRSA F32 postdoctoral fellowship..
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.
on Drug Development to Meet the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance, September 6-8, 2017. Posters were on apramycin, inkjet printer-based susceptibility testing methodology, and MAST rapid susceptibility technology, respectively.
Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow KP Smith and colleagues for acceptance of SLAS Technology Manuscript
Smith KP, Richmond DL, Brennan-Krohn T, Elliott HL, Kirby JE. Development of MAST: a Microscopy-Based Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Platform. SLAS Technology, In press.
Use of inkjet printing, advanced imaging, and machine learning to achieve reference standard, microdilution antimicrobial susceptibility testing readout in two hours with off-the-shelf supplies. For any antimicrobial at will.
Update: Now Published On-Line in SLAS Technology Website!
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