Dr. Roberto Melano

Public Health Ontario Laboratory

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"Working in the provincial reference laboratory for antimicrobial resistance enables me to conduct studies that can help protect the health of Ontarians, as well as inform antibacterial resistance work internationally."

Areas of Expertise

  • antimicrobial resistance
  • bacterial pathogens
  • clinical microbiology

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Microbiology), University of Buenos Aires
  • Master of Science (Molecular Microbiology), University of San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina

PHO Research Interests

  • characterization of antimicrobial resistance mechanisms
  • optimization of laboratory methodologies for improving their detection

PHO Research Activities

  • Carbapenem resistance in Enterobacteriaceae.
  • Antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
  • Antimicrobial resistance in Escherichia coli from GTA.
  • Optimization and validation of phenotypic and molecular methods.

Selected Publications

  1. Tijet N, Muller MP, Matukas LM, Khan A, Patel SN, Melano RGLateral dissemination and inter-patient transmission of blaKPC-3: role of a conjugative plasmid in spreading carbapenemase resistance. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2016;71(2):344-7.
  2. Tijet N, Richardson D, MacMullin G, Patel SN, and Melano RGCharacterization of multiple NDM-1-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolated from the same patient. Antimicrob Agents Chemother, 2015;59(6):3648-51.
  3. Allen VG, Seah C, Martin I, Melano RGAzithromycin resistance is co-evolving with reduced susceptibility to cephalosporins in Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Ontario, Canada. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2014;58(5):2528-34.
  4. Tijet N, Boyd D, Patel SN, Mulvey MR, Melano RGEvaluation of the Carba NP test for rapid detection of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2013;57(9):4578-80.
  5. 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 RGOutbreak of carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceaecontaining blaNDM-1, Ontario, Canada. Clin Infect Dis. 2012;55(11):e109-17.

View more publications by Dr. Roberto Melano on PubMed.gov

Public Health Ontario Scientist Profile: Roberto Melano

Dr. Roberto Melano discusses what excites him about his work, the impact of his research and why he chose Public Health Ontario.

Duration: 3 min

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Updated 22 Oct 2019