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Samir Patel, Clinical microbiologist
Why working at PHO is important to me
"Understanding infectious diseases in the field of detection, pathogenesis, and transmission is essential for health protection of and promotion for all Ontarians. With PHO’s mandate and vast expertise, we are able to address complex challenges within public health."


Academic degrees and accreditations

  • Honours bachelor of science (Biochemistry), Trent University
  • Master of science (Innate Immunity and Infectious Disease), University of Toronto
  • Doctor of philosophy (Innate Immunity and Infectious Disease), University of Toronto
  • Fellowship of Canadian Clinical Microbiology (FCCM), Canadian Society of Microbiology
  • American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM), American Society of Microbiology

Areas of expertise

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Hospital-associated infections
  • Zoonotic diseases

PHO research interests

  • Detection and epidemiology of antimicrobial-resistant organisms
  • Detection of emerging and re-emerging pathogens using next generation sequencing platforms

Current PHO research activities

  • Examining epidemiology and mechanism of linezolid-resistant VRE in Ontario 
  • Investigating utility of next generation sequencing platforms to detect rare or emerging pathogens in Ontario
  • Collaborating in understanding epidemiology of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in Ontario 

Selected publications

Coburn B, Toye B, Rawte P, Jamieson FB, Farrell DJ, Patel SN. Antimicrobial susceptibilities of clinical isolates of HACEK organisms. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2013;57(4):1989-91. 

Borgia S, Lastovetska O, Richardson D, Eshaghi A, Xiong J, Chung C, Baqi M, McGeer A, Ricci G, Sawicki R, Pantelidis R, Low DE, Patel SN, Melano RG. Outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae containing blaNDM-1, Ontario, Canada. Clin Infect Dis. 2012;55(11):e109-17.

Patel SN, McGeer A, Melano R, Tyrrell GJ, Green K, Pillai DR, Low DE, Canadian Bacterial Surveillance Network. Susceptibility of Streptococcus pneumoniae to fluoroquinolones in Canada. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2011;55(8):3703-8.

Tijet N, Alexander DC, Richardson D, Lastovetska O, Low DE, Patel SN, Melano RG. New Delhi metallo-ß-lactamase, Ontario, Canada. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011;17(2):304-305.

Patel SN, Melano R, McGeer A, Green K, Low DE. Characterization of the quinolone resistant determining regions in clinical isolates of pneumococci collected in Canada. Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob. 2010;9:3,0711-9-3.

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