Kevin Alby, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Contact Information3400 Spruce Street
4th Floor, Gates Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-6652


Specialty Division

Laboratory Medicine

Research Expertise

My research focuses on the utilization, development, and validation of tests for the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at HUP. My two major focuses are on using new technologies such as MALDI-TOF to identify resistant bacteria sooner and the development and utilization of molecular tests to detect viral illnesses.

Clinical Expertise

I help direct the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at HUP. My areas of focus are on implementation of new technology such as multiplex PCR assays and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.


B.S. (Clinical Laboratory Science), Marquette University, Milwaukee WI, 2006
PhD (Pathobiology), Brown University, Providence RI, 2011

Specialty Certification

Medical Laboratory Scientist, American Society for Clinical Pathology, 2006
Diplomate, American Board of Medical Microbiology, 2013

Postgraduate Training

Fellow in Clinical Microbiology , University of North Carolina Hospitals, 2011-2013

Awards and Honors

Eukaryotic Cell Outstanding Young Investigator Award - 9th ASM Conference on Candida and Candidiasis, 2008
Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Fellow, 2009-2011
ASM Raymond W. Sarber Award Recipient, 2011
Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, 2011
John G. Peterson Pre-doctoral Fellow – Brown University, 2011
Joukowsky Family Outstanding Dissertation Award – Brown University, 2011
Forty under Forty, American Society for Clinical Pathology, 2016

Memberships and Professional Organizations

American Society for Clinical Pathology, 2006 - Present
American Society of Microbiology, 2007 - Present
Brown University, 2009 - 2011
Eastern PA Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, 2013 - Present
Pan-American Society for Clinical Virology, 2013 - Present
Association for Molecular Pathology, 2014 - Present
City of Philadelphia, 2015 - Present
ASM/CDC/FDA, 2015 - Present

Web Links

Selected Publications

Improved surveillance for carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae using chromogenic media with a broth enrichment

Glaser L, Andreacchio K, Lyons M, and Alby K, Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 82(4): 284-5, 2015, PMID:26003468

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Impact of a rapid microarray assay for identification of positive blood cultures on treatment optimization for patients with streptococcal and enterococcal bacteremia

Roshdy DG, Tran A, LeCroy N, Zeng D, Ou FS, Daniels LM, Weber DJ, Alby K and Miller MB, Journal of Clinical Microbiology 53(4): 1411-4, 2015, PMID:25673785

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Identification of Hemagglutinin Residues Responsible for H3N2 Antigenic Drift during the 2014-2015 Influenza Season

Chambers BS, Parkhouse K, Ross TM, Alby K, and Hensley SE, Cell Reports 12(1): 1-6, 2015, PMID:26119736

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Clinical outcomes with rapid detection of methicillin-resistant and methicillin- susceptible Staphylococcus aureus from routine blood cultures.

Nicolsen NC, LeCroy N, Alby K, Martin KE, Laux J, Lin FC, Daniels L, Weber DJ, Miller MB, Journal of Clinical Microbiology 51(12): 4126-9, 2013, PMID:24088861

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Comparison of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry Platforms for the Identification of Gram Negative Rods from Cystic Fibrosis Patients.

Alby K, Gilligan PH, Miller MB, Journal of Clinical Microbiology 51(11): 3852-4, 2013, PMID:23966494

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Development of a Treatment Algorithm for Streptococci/Enterococci from Positive Blood Cultures Identified with the Verigene BC-GP Assay.

Alby K, Daniels LM, Weber DJ, Miller MB, Journal of Clinical Microbiology 51(11): 3869-71, 2013, PMID:23985910

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