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
Pan-American Society for Clinical Virology, 2013 - Present
Eastern PA Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, 2013 - Present
Association for Molecular Pathology, 2014 - Present
ASM/CDC/FDA, 2015 - 2018
City of Philadelphia Antimicrobial Stewardship, 2015 - 2016
Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute, 2017 - Present
Infectious Diseases Society of Amercia, 2018 - Present

Web Links

Selected Publications

Identification of Clinically Relevant Mycobacterial Species After Extended Incubation Times in the BACTEC MGIT System

Rea B, Maisel JR, Glaser L and Alby K, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 2018, PMID:30169764

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Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Hematologic Malignancy Patients with Positive Clostridium difficile Toxin Immunoassay versus Polymerase Chain Reaction Test Results

Ziegler M, Landsburg D, Pegues D, Alby K, Gilmar C, Bink K, Gorman T, Moore A, Bonhomme B, Omorogbe J, Tango D, Tolomeo P, and Han JH, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 91(3): 229-232, 2018, PMID:29690940

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Performance of Microbial Identification by MALDI-TOF MS and Susceptibility Testing by VITEK 2 from Positive Blood Cultures after Minimal Incubation on Solid Media

Mitchell SL and Alby K, European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 36(11): 2201-2206, 2017, PMID:28656386

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Impact of Organism Identification Method on Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection Designation

Gomez EJ, Roberts AL, Robinson DP, Alby K, Ledeboer NA, Doern CD, Lander DW, Bearman G, and Sullivan KV, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 38(8): 1007-1009, 2017, PMID:28633680

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Implementation of a Systematic Culturing Program to Monitor Efficacy of Endoscope Reprocessing: Outcomes and Costs

Ma GK, Pegues DA, Kochman ML, Alby K, Fishman NO, Saunders M, Grous C, Dempsey DT, and Ginsberg GG, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2017, PMID:28499830

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Successful Treatment of a Disseminated Infection with Extensively Drug-resistant Klebsiella pneumonia in a Liver Transplant Recipient with a Fosfomycin-based Multidrug Regimen

Mills JP, Wilck MB, Weikert BC, Porrett PM, Timko D, Alby K, Bonomo RA, and Blumberg EA, Transplant Infectious Disease 18(5): 777-781, 2016, PMID:27458980

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Concurrent Disseminated Nocardiosis and GI Mucormycosis in a Stem-Cell Transplantation Recipient

Lim MY, Alker AP, Califano S, Trembath DG, Alby K, Gilligan PH, Jamieson K, Serody JS, and Shea TC, Journal of Clinical Oncology 34(10): , 2016, PMID:25071136

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The Epidemiology of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumonaie Colonization and Infection among Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Residents

Mills JP, Talati NJ, Alby K, and Han JH, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 37(1): 55-60, 2016, PMID:26455382

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