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.
Gomez EJ, Montgomery S, Alby K, Robinson DP, Roundtree SS, Blecker-shelly D, and Sullivan KV: Poor Yield of Clostridium difficile Testing Algorithms using Glutamate Dehydrogenase Antigen and C. difficile Toxin Enzyme Immunoassays in a Pediatric Population with Declining Prevalence of Clostridium difficile strain BI/NAP1/027 Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease : 2018.
Ziegler M, Landsburg D, Pegues D, Alby K, Gilmar C, Bink K, Gorman T, Moore A, Bonhomme B, Omorogbe J, Tango D, Tolomeo P, and Han JH: Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Hematologic Malignancy Patients with Positive Clostridium difficile Toxin Immunoassay versus Polymerase Chain Reaction Test Results Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 91 (3): 229-232,2018.
Mitchell SL and Alby K: Performance of Microbial Identification by MALDI-TOF MS and Susceptibility Testing by VITEK 2 from Positive Blood Cultures after Minimal Incubation on Solid Media European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 36 (11): 2201-2206,2017.
Gomez EJ, Roberts AL, Robinson DP, Alby K, Ledeboer NA, Doern CD, Lander DW, Bearman G, and Sullivan KV: Impact of Organism Identification Method on Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection Designation Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 38 (8): 1007-1009,2017.
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 (52): 96-99,2017.
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.
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, and 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.