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Kevin Alby, PhD

Kevin Alby, PhD

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

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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.
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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

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, 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.

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, April 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, July 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, January 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, December 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, December 2013 Notes: Erratum J Clin Microbiol 2014 Jun;52(6):2286.

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, November 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, November 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, January 2013.

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