Kevin Alby, PhD

faculty photo
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Contact information
3400 Spruce Street
4th Floor, Gates Building
Philadelphia, Pa 19104
Office: 215-662-6652
B.S. (Clinical Laboratory Science)
Marquette University, Milwaukee WI, 2006.
PhD (Pathobiology)
Brown University, Providence RI, 2011.
Permanent link
> Perelman School of Medicine   > Faculty   > Details

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.

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

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 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, November 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, August 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, August 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 May 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, October 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, January 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, August 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. Munson E (eds.). 53(8): 2473-9, August 2015 Notes: doi: 10.1128/JCM.00833-15.

back to top
Last updated: 04/26/2018
The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania