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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"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."

Roberto Melano, Molecular microbiologist
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  • What excites him about his work
  • The impact of his research
  • Why he chose PHO

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    Academic degrees and accreditations

    • Doctor of philosophy (Microbiology), University of Buenos Aires
    • Master of science (Molecular Microbiology), University of San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Areas of expertise

    • Antimicrobial resistance
    • Bacterial pathogens
    • Clinical microbiology

    PHO research interests

    • Characterization of antimicrobial resistance mechanisms.
    • Optimization of laboratory methodologies for improving their detection.

    Current 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.

    Top publications

    1. Tijet N, Muller MP, Matukas LM, Khan A, Patel SN, Melano RG. Lateral 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 RG. Characterization 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 RG. Azithromycin 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 RG. Evaluation 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 RG. Outbreak of carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae containing blaNDM-1, Ontario, Canada. Clin Infect Dis. 2012;55(11):e109-17.


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