Microbiology

Faculty
Julie A. Ribes, MD, PhD, D (ABP)
Director, Clinical Microbiology
Vaneet Arora, MD, MPH, D (ABMM)
Associate Director, Clinical Microbiology
Morgan McCoy, MD, PhD, D (ABP)
Associate Director, Clinical Microbiology
Alexander Fenwick, MD, D (ABP)
Associate Director, Clinical Microbiology

Staff
Sandra Mills, MT (ASCP)
Chief Technologist, Microbiology
Jeffrey Roberts, BS (ASCP)
Supervisor, Clinical Microbiology

Clinical Microbiology encompasses over 40 laboratory technologists and basic science scientists providing services under the umbrella of clinical microbiology. We have a breadth of training and racial diversity within the section, with employees originating not only from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, but also from five other states and three countries. 

Services
Clinical Microbiology covers a wide scope of practice. We provide services ranging from accessioning, processing, bacteriology, molecular microbiology, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, and virology. Note that although the faculty have responsibility over infectious disease serology, send out testing, and point of care testing, these services fall undert he umbrella of special chemistry due to the shared use of instrumentation for this diagnostic testing. The medical director actively participates in infection control, public health, and stewardship activities on an instutition-wide and Commonwealth-wide basis. 

Facilities
The clinical microbiology laboratory is wedged into a suite of rooms at the South-West end of PAVHA. It contains 2 biosafety level 3 facilities, one shared by virology and molecular microbiology and shared by mycology and mycobacteriology. Clinical microbiology also shares facilities with immunomolecular pathology, the genomics core facility, and laboratory central/accessioning. 

Education
Clinical microbiology has traditionally participated in a wide array of student teaching including educational opportunities from high school students, undergraduate MLS students, medical students, residents, and fellows from pathology, pharmacy, infectious diseases, and pediatrics. Faculty are also involved in a graduate level education through the College of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health. 
The resident rotation is a robust 8-week session with daily assignments for wet bench experiences. This is complimented by lab rounds with the lab directors and infectious disease conferences and web-based learning activities. Residents and fellows may select one or more quality assurance projects, IQCP activities, or research projects for poster presentations or for publication. Residents may be invited to participate in validations of new technologies for implementation in the clinical lab setting.