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Kevin Alby, PhD

Kevin Alby, PhD Pathologist

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Alby is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Description of Clinical Expertise

I help direct the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at HUP. My areas of focus are on implementation of new technology such as multiplex PCR assays and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Education and Training

Graduate School: Brown University
Fellowship: University of North Carolina Hospitals

Memberships

American Society for Clinical Pathology, National American Society of Microbiology, International ASM/CDC/FDA, National Association for Molecular Pathology, National City of Philadelphia, Local Eastern PA Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, Local Pan-American Society for Clinical Virology, International

Hospital Affiliation

Alby is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Pennsylvania Hospital

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

My research focuses on the utilization, development, and validation of tests for the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at HUP. My two major focuses are on using new technologies such as MALDI-TOF to identify resistant bacteria sooner and the development and utilization of molecular tests to detect viral illnesses.

Selected Publications:

Glaser L, Andreacchio K, Lyons M, and Alby K: Improved surveillance for carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae using chromogenic media with a broth enrichment Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 82 (4): 284-5,2015.

Tran A, Alby K, Kerr A, Jones M, Gilligan PH: Cost Savings Incurred by Implementation of Routine Microbiological Identification by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) Mass Spectrometry Journal of Clinical Microbiology 53 (8): 2473-9,2015.

Roshdy DG, Tran A, LeCroy N, Zeng D, Ou FS, Daniels LM, Weber DJ, Alby K and Miller MB: Impact of a rapid microarray assay for identification of positive blood cultures on treatment optimization for patients with streptococcal and enterococcal bacteremia Journal of Clinical Microbiology 53 (4): 1411-4,2015.

Chambers BS, Parkhouse K, Ross TM, Alby K, and Hensley SE: Identification of Hemagglutinin Residues Responsible for H3N2 Antigenic Drift during the 2014-2015 Influenza Season Cell Reports 12 (1): 1-6,2015.

Alby K, Glaser LJ, and Edelstein PH: Kocuria rhizophila bacteremia misidentified as Corynebacterium jeikeium and other errors by the VITEK MS call for maintained microbiological competence in the MALDI-TOF era Journal of Clinical Microbiology 53 (1): 360-1,2015.

Cardenas AM, Edelstein PH, and Alby K: Development and Optimization of a Real Time PCR Assay for the Detection of Herpes simplex and Varicella zoster viruses in Skin and Mucosal Lesions Using the BD MAX Open System Journal of Clinical Microbiology 52 (12): 4375-6,2014.

Nicolsen NC, LeCroy N, Alby K, Martin KE, Laux J, Lin FC, Daniels L, Weber DJ, Miller MB: Clinical outcomes with rapid detection of methicillin-resistant and methicillin- susceptible Staphylococcus aureus from routine blood cultures. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 51 (12): 4126-9,2013.

Alby K, Gilligan PH, Miller MB: Comparison of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry Platforms for the Identification of Gram Negative Rods from Cystic Fibrosis Patients. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 51 (11): 3852-4,2013.

Alby K, Daniels LM, Weber DJ, Miller MB: Development of a Treatment Algorithm for Streptococci/Enterococci from Positive Blood Cultures Identified with the Verigene BC-GP Assay. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 51 (11): 3869-71,2013.

Alby, K., Popowitch, E.P., and Miller M.B: Comparative evaluation of the Nanosphere Verigene RV+ Assay with the Simplexa Flu A/B & RSV Kit for the detection of influenza and respiratory syncytial viruses Journal of Clinical Microbiology 51 (1): 352-53,2013.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Spruce Street
4th Floor, Gates Building

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6652