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Microbiology

The Medical Microbiology laboratory has extensive experience developing, conducting, and interpreting tests for patients with viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic infections, and for those prone to infections, such as cancer and AIDS patients.

The Division of Medical Microbiology works closely with the Division of Infectious Diseases for the improvement of patient care.  Fellows in the ACGME Adult Infectious Diseases Fellowship have the opportunity to rotate through the Medical Microbiology laboratory and to attend rounds and lectures provided by the laboratory’s faculty.

Streptococcus pneumoniae
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Faculty Researchers

Karen Carroll, MD

Karen Carroll, MD, Professor of Pathology, is the Director of the Division of Medical Microbiology and the Director of the ACGME-accredited fellowship program in medical microbiology in the Department of Pathology.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, The Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the College of American Pathologists.  Dr. Carroll is the co-Editor in Chief of the Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 12th edition and is an editor for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.  She is a member of several professional societies including the Board of Directors of the American Society for Microbiology.  Dr. Carroll is a member of the ID Division’s Fisher Center Advisory Board, lending her expertise to the Fisher Center Discovery Program in support of environmental infectious disease research.

Dr. Carroll earned her MD from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.  She completed her residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in medical microbiology at the University of Utah and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Carroll’s research interests include the evaluation of novel diagnostic platforms and epidemiology of healthcare associated infections.