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.
Ma GK, Pegues DA, Kochman ML, Alby K, Fishman NO, Saunders M, Grous C, Dempsey DT, and Ginsberg GG: Implementation of a systematic culturing program to monitor efficacy of endoscope reprocessing: outcomes and costs Gastrointestinal Endoscopy : 2017.
Mitchell SL, Mattei LM, and Alby K: Whole genome characterization of a naturally occurring vancomycin-dependent Enterococcus faecium from a patient with bacteremia Infection, Genetics, and Evolution : 2017.
Mills JP, Wilck MB, Weikert BC, Porrett PM, Timko D, Alby K, Bonomo RA, and Blumberg EA: Successful treatment of a disseminated infection with extensively drug-resistant Klebsiella pneumonia in a liver transplant recipient with a fosfomycin-based multidrug regimen Transplant Infectious Disease 18 (5): 777-781,2016.
Mills JP, Talati NJ, Alby K, and Han JH: The Epidemiology of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumonaie Colonization and Infection among Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Residents Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 37 (1): 55-60,2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.