Wilkes University

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Ph.D., 1985, Lehigh University
B.S.Ed., 1975, Millersville State College

Research interests:

  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Evolution of infectious disease
  • Bacterial population genetics

Current research projects:

Surveillance of KPC-carbapenemase producing Klebsiella pneumoniae
The KPC carbapenemase confers resistance to essentially all β-lactam antibacterial drugs, and K. pneumoniae carrying its gene are typically resistant to multiple other classes of drugs, limiting treatment options. We are focusing on carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae isolated in northeastern Pennsylvania, examining them for clonality, expression of KPC and other β-
lactamases, and the mobility of β-lactamase genes in these isolates.

Courses taught

Medical microbiology