Let's Talk Micro

by Luis Plaza

Clinical Microbiology explained in simple terms, suitable for students and microbiologists alike. Hosted by Luis Plaza, a Medical Laboratory Scientist, he also talks about his experiences as a clinical microbiologist.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 3

  • 130: ABMM Certification

    130: ABMM Certification

    You requested it and it is here! Dr. Kristen Smith joins the podcast to talk about the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) certification. What is the ABMM certification? How does it help you professionally ? What are the requirements? CPEP fellowship? Tune in to listen to Dr. Smith answer these questions and more. Link to American Society for Microbiology ABMM information: https://asm.org/certifications/american-board-of-medical-microbiology-abmm Link to ClinMicroNow: https://www.clinmicronow.org Questions? Feedback? Email letstalkmicro@outlook.com

  • 129: AR Lab Network, GN7F panel, and more

    129: AR Lab Network, GN7F panel, and more

    Are you familiar with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Antimicrobial Laboratory Network( AR Lab Network)? How about the ThermoFisher Sensititre? In this episode, Amelia Bhatnagar from the CDC joins the podcast to talk about a study that was performed to evaluate the Sensititre GN7F panel. She discusses the study and explains to the listeners what the AR Lab Network is. Tune in to learn more about this study, the AR Lab network, and the importance of evaluating the performance of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) systems. Link to study: https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/jcm.00799-23   Link to AR Lab Network: https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/ar-lab-networks/domestic.html "HAI" Activity within the AR Lab Network: https://www.cdc.gov/hai/hai-ar-programs/activities/AR-lab-network.html   The AR and Patient Safety Portal: https://arpsp.cdc.gov/profile/antibiotic-resistance?tab=ar-lab-network Questions? Feedback? Send those to letstalkmicro@outlook.com

  • 128: Talking AMR: Aminoglycosides

    128: Talking AMR: Aminoglycosides

    The next episode of the AMR series is here! In this episode Luis and Andrea are joined by Dr. Patrick McDaneld to discuss aminoglycosides. We go over mechanism of action, what drugs are part of this class, what organisms does it have activity against, and more. We invite you to check the CLSI M100 and get familiarized with it. Questions? Suggestions? Email those at letstalkmicro@outlook.com

  • 127: Next-generation sequencing

    127: Next-generation sequencing

    The field of Microbiology continues to change. Organisms were primarily identified in the clinical laboratory by biochemical testing. Then MALDI-TOF came to the lab and was incorporated to the workflow. Now labs are bringing next-generation sequencing (NGS). What is NGS? How does it work? Have you heard of Nanopore technologies? In this episode Dr. Jose Alexander and Daniel Navas from Advent Health Orlando, join the podcast to talk about NGS. They brought it to their laboratory and discuss the whole process, including the validation, challenges and more. Have any feedback or suggestions? Send those to letstalkmicro@outlook.com

  • 126: Talking Variovorax durovernensis

    126: Talking Variovorax durovernensis

    Have you heard about Variovorax durovernensis? The field of Microbiology is one that continues to change, sometimes at a fast pace. With MALDI-TOF and whole genome sequencing making rapid advances, we now learn more of existing organisms and discover novel ones. Tune in to learn about how this novel species was discovered, including the testing performed and the reason behind its name. Link to article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590170223001152 Questions or feedback? Send an email to letstalkmicro@outlook.com