The Clinical Microbiology Service offers testing in bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, virology, molecular epidemiology and molecular diagnostics. Our service provides timely, accurate and medically relevant results to aid in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Our test menu consists of cutting edge molecular diagnostics as well as traditional culture methods.Interdepartmental Activities:
Collaborate with adult and pediatric infectious disease clinicians and participate in fellowship programs.
Team member in the prevention and investigation of outbreaks and surveillance of select pathogens.
Team member in assessing and implementing effective strategies,
standardized protocols, communication networks, and planned drills/exercises at the System and Campus level for emergency preparedness.
Wu, F, S. Whittier
and P. Della-Latta. 2008
. Healthcare-associated Infections in the Immunocompromised Host. In Infections of the Immunocompromised Host. Michael Pfaller (editor-in-chief). American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.
Gilligan, P. G. Lum, P. Vandamme and S. Whittier. 2003
Stenotrophomonas, Ralstonia, Comamonas , Brevundimonas Delftia,
Pandoraea and Acidovorax. In Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 8th edition. Patrick Murray (editor-in-chief). American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.Articles
Peterson JF, Riebe KM, Hall GS, Wilson D, Whittier S
, Palavecino E and NA Ledeboer. 2010. Spectra MRSA, a new chromogenic agar medium to screen for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. J. Clin. Microbiol. 48(1):215-9.
Peterson JF, Dionisio AA, Riebe KM, Hall GS, Wilson D, Whittier S
, Dipersio JR and NA Ledeboer. 2010. Alternative use for Spectra MRSA chromogenic agar in dtection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from positive blood cultures. J. Clin. Microbiol. 48: 2265 – 2267.
Mittman S, Huard R, Della-Latta P and S Whittier
. 2010. Comparison of the automated Phoenix with the Vitek 2 for the Identification of Streptococcus pneumoniae. Can J Microbiol 56: 326 – 332.
Hod E, Zhang N, Sokol SA, Wojczyk BS, Francis RO, Ansaldi D, Francis K, Della-Latta P, Whittier S
, Sheth S, Hendrickson JE, Zimring JC, Brittenham GM, and SL Spitalnik. 2010. Transfusion of red blood cells after prolonged storage produces harmful effects that are mediated by iron and inflammation. Blood 115:4284-4292.
Top K, Huard R, Fox Z, Wu F, Whittier S
, Della-Latta P, Saiman L and A Ratner. 2010. Trends in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus anovaginal colonization in pregnant women in 2005 versus 2009. J Clin Microbiol 48: 3675-3680.
Rafferty B, Dolgilevich S, Kalachikov S, Morozova I, Ju J, Whittier S
, Nowygrod R and E Kozarov. 2010. Cultivation of Enterobacter hormaechei from human atherosclerotic tissue. J. Atheroscler. Thromb. 18: 72-81.
Lat A, Clock S, Wu F, Whittier S
, Della-Latta P, Fauntleroy K, Jenkins S, Saiman L, and C Kubin. 2011. Comparison of Polymyxin B, Tigecycline, Cefepime, and Meropenem MICs for KPC-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae by Broth Microdilution, Vitek 2, and Etest. J. Clin. Microbiol. 49: 1795-1798.
Yen C, Jakob K, Peckham X, Rausch J, Esona MD, Hull JJ,Whittier S
, Gentsch JR, and P LaRussa. 2011. Detection of Fecal Shedding of Rotavirus Vaccine in Infants Following Their First Dose of Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine. Vaccine 29: 4151-4155.
Bartisich S, Ascherman J, S Whittier
, Yao C and C Rohde. 2011. The Breast: A clean-contaminated surgical site. Aesthetic Surgery J. 31: 802-806.
Mukherjee D, Cohen B, Bovino ME, Desai S, Whittier S
and E Larson. 2012. Survival of influenza virus on hands and fomites in community and laboratory settings. Amer J Inf Control. 1: 1-5.
Neu N, Nelson J, Ranson E, Whittier S
, Shaw A and A Cohall. 2012. Urine and Extragenital Gonococcal and Chlamydia Infections in HIV Positive Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM): Enhanced Detection of Rectal Chlamydia when Screening with Nucleic Acid Amplified Tests versus Cultures. J of Men’s Health 9:89-93.
Top K, Whittier S
, Saiman L and A Ratner. 2012. Predictors of Staphylococcus aureus Rectovaginal Colonization in Pregnant Women and Risk for Maternal and Neonatal Infections. J Ped Dis Infect Dis Soc 1: 7 – 15.
Francis R, Wu F, Della-Latta P, Shi J and S Whittier
. 2012. Rapid detection of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase genes in Enterobacteriaceae directly from blood culture bottles by real-time PCR. Amer J Clin Pathol. 137: 627 – 632.
Planet P, Rampersaud R, Hymes S, Whittier S
, Della-Latta P, Narechania A, Daugherty S, Santana-Cruz I, DeSalle R, Ravel J, and A Ratner. 2013. Genome Sequence of the Human Abscess Isolate Streptococcus intermedius BA1. Genome Announc 1: 1-2.
Mukkamala K, Whittier S
and S Chang. 2013. Microfiltration of Brilliant Blue G Dye. RETINA: J of Retinal and Vitreous Dis. 33:1035-1040.
Miko B, Hafer C, Lee C, Sullivan S, Hackel M, Johnson B, Whittier S
, Della-Latta P, Uhlemann A, and F Lowy. 2013. Molecular Characterization of Methicillin-Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus Clinical Isolates in the United States, 2004-2010. J Clin Microbiol. 51:874-879.
Planet, P, Narechania A, Hymes S, Gagliardo C, Huard R, Whittier S
, Della-Latta P and A Ratner. 2013. Bordetella holmesii: initial genomic analysis of an emerging opportunist. Pathogens and Disease. 67:132-135.
Committees , Council, and Professional Society Memberships
American Society for Microbiology (National and New York City Branch)
New York Society of Infectious Diseases
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)2013 – present
Editorial Board, American Journal of infection Control2012 – present
Editorial Board, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology2011 – present
Editorial Board, Journal of Evaluation and Testing2010 – present
Editorial Board, Canadian Journal of Microbiology2006 – present
Editorial Board, Reviews in Medical Microbiology2010 – present
Lecturer, UMDNJ Dept of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Advanced Topics in Clinical Microbiology2005 – 2009
Pathology Resident In-Service Exam, Examination Committee2000 – 2006
Board Examination Committee, Part 1 (written) and Part 2 (oral)
American Board of Medical & Molecular Microbiology1999 – 2010
Editorial Board, Journal of Clinical Microbiology