Kenneth (K.P.) Smith

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Kenneth (K.P.) Smith is a postdoctoral fellow in James Kirby’s laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His research interest is in development of drugs and diagnostics for multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria.

Latest from Kenneth (K.P.) Smith

The Origin of MacConkey Agar

  • Oct. 14, 2019
Have you ever wanted to know how the media you use every day were developed? Here we discuss the origins and continued use of MacConkey agar.

Opening the Black Box of Phenotypic Carbapenemase Detection

  • May 6, 2019
When faced with a carbapenem-resistant organism, how do you address: “Does it have a carbapenemase?” and “If it does have a carbapenemase, which one?”

Who Are the HACEK Organisms?

  • Feb. 11, 2019
“HACEK” is a familiar clinical microbiology acronym, but who are organisms in this group? We review the most commonly isolated individual members.

Predictive Value of Blood Culture Time to Positivity

  • Nov. 16, 2018
Detection of bloodstream infection is one of the most important functions of the clinical microbiology laboratory.

Opening the Black Box of MALDI-TOF MS

  • July 16, 2018
MALDI-TOF MS is an increasingly popular method for identifying bacteria and yeasts in the clinical microbiology laboratory.