Karissa Culbreath, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

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Associate Professor

Scientific Director, Infectious Disease, Research and Development at TriCore Reference Laboratories

Email: Karissa.Culbreath@tricore.org


  • Medical microbiology and immunity
  • Infectious diseases - research and diagnostics
  • Infectious diseases diagnostics capacity development in international and domestic resource limited settings

Education and Certification Information

Postdoctoral Fellowship:
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Doctor of Philosophy:
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Bachelor’s Degree:
B.A. in Biology
Fisk University
Nashville, TN

Board Certifications:
Board Certified in Medical Microbiology
American Board of Medical Microbiology (2010)

Selected Publications:

  • Chea N, Bulens SN, Kongphet-Tran T, Lynfield R, Shaw KM, Vagnone PS, Kainer MA, Muleta DB, Wilson L, Vaeth E, Dumyati G, Concannon C, Phipps EC, Culbreath K, Janelle SJ, Bamberg WM, Guh AY, Limbago B, Kallen AJ. Improved Phenotype-Based Definition for Identifying Carbapenemase Producers among Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Sep;21(9):1611-6. doi: 10.3201/eid2109.150198. PMID:26290955

  • Culbreath K, Petti CA. Balancing Enthusiasm for Innovative Technologies with Optimizing Value: An Approach to Adopt New Laboratory Tests for Infectious Diseases Using Bloodstream Infections as Exemplar. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2015 May 22;2(2):ofv075. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofv075. eCollection 2015 Apr. PMID:26180826

  • Jones, Christopher, Culbreath, Karissa, Mehrotra, Abhi, Gilligan, Peter. Urinalysis Reflex Testing in the Emergency Department. Academic Emergency Medicine. In Press. 2012

  • Culbreath K, Ager E, Nemeyer RJ, Kerr A, Gilligan PH., Evolution of Testing Algorithms at a University Hospital for Detection of Clostridium difficile Infections. J ClinMicrobiol. 2012 Sep;50(9):3073-6. Epub 2012 Jun 20.

  • McCall-Culbreath Karissa, Li Zhengzhi, Zhang Zhonghua, Lu Lucy, Orear Lynda, Zutter Mary M. Selective, a2ß1 Integrin-dependent Secretion of IL-6 by Connective Tissue mast cells. J Innate Immun. 2011;3(5):459-70. Epub 2011 Apr 19.

  • Esther CR Jr, Hoberman S, Fine J, Allen S, Culbreath K, Rodino K, Kerr A, Gilligan P. Detection of rapidly growing mycobacteria in routine cultures of samples from patients with cystic fibrosis. J ClinMicrobiol. 2011 Apr;49(4):1421-5. Epub 2011 Feb 2.

  • McCulloch P, Lee S, Higgins R, McCall K, Schade DS. Effect of smoking on hemoglobin A1c and body mass index in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus J Investig Med. 2002 Jul;50(4):284-7.

  • Culbreath, Karissa, Gilligan, Peter G. Severe Malaria in a Returning Traveler: A Case for Exchange Transfusion. ASCP LabQ, 2010.

  • McCall-Culbreath, Karissa, Zhengzhi, Li, Zutter, Mary. Cross-talk between the α2β1 integrin and c-met/HGF-R regulates innate immunity. Blood 2008 111(7): 3562–3570.

  • McCall-Culbreath, Karissa, Zutter, Mary. The Collagen Receptor Integrins: Rising to the Challenge. Current Drug Targets 2008 Feb;9(2):139-49.

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