Kenneth (K.P.) Smith

Kenneth (K.P.) Smith

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.

Time-to-positivity is often automatically reported for blood cultures; here we discuss how it’s calculated and how it may provide “free” and potentially helpful information.

Monday, 16 July 2018 09:58

Opening the Black Box of MALDI-TOF MS

“Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry” (MALDI-TOF MS) sounds like the cause of a warp drive breakdown in Star Trek. What does it have to do with clinical microbiology diagnostics?

Monday, 02 April 2018 09:02

Fusarium: A Pathogen of the Modern Era

The genus Fusarium contains a globally distributed group of molds which cause severe infections in immunocompromised individuals – a population which is rapidly increasing due to recent advances in medicine. Here, we review diagnosis, treatment, and potential for prevention of infections caused by this organism.

Diagnosis of diarrhea caused by parasites is an important service provided by the clinical laboratory, but testing stool using the ova and parasite (O&P) exam is complex and time consuming. Here, we review the O&P, its limitations, and how the clinical laboratory can help ensure the most effective use of this test.

Monday, 23 October 2017 11:51

Point-of-Care Testing for Influenza

“Do I have the flu?” Influenza point of care tests may be able to answer this question quickly. However, despite the simplicity and speed of these tests, they come with many “behind the scenes” considerations to be addressed prior to implementation. In this post, we review some significant technical, biological, and regulatory issues of influenza point-of-care testing.