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    Colleen S Kraft, MD

    Infectious Diseases

    Associate Professor
    Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

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    Other Appointments/Positions

    Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine

    Associate, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

    Program Director, Medical Microbiology, Emory University

    Medical Director, Microbiology Laboratory, Emory University Hospital

    Pathology Division(s):
    Clinical Pathology

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    BA   Taylor University; Biology, Pre-Med, 1994 - 1998

    MD   Indiana University School of Medicine, 1998 - 2002

    MSc   Clinical Research, 2011 - 2013

    Research Interests:

    - Special Pathogens
    I participated in the clinical care of the evacuated patients with Ebola virus disease and Lassa fever. I am interested in biocontainment preparedness for the healthcare worker.

    - Fecal transplant
    Clinical and research applications

    - Genome sequencing of Staphylococcus aureus

    Clinical Focus:

    I am the Medical Director of the Microbiology Laboratory, and the Program Director of the Medical Microbiology fellowship. I am a clinically trained adult Infectious Diseases physician, and see inpatients at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Orthopedic and Spine Hospital.

    Specialty Boards:

    2005  Internal Medicine

    2009  Infectious Diseases

    2011  Medical Microbiology (ABP)

    Selected Publications:

    Published and Accepted Research Articles -

    Kraft CS, Binongo JNG, Burd EM, Eaton ME, McCloskey CB, Fernandes H, Hill CE, Caliendo AM. Successful use of Plasma Preparation Tubes" (PPTs) in the COBAS® AmpliPrep/COBAS® TaqMan® HIV-1 Test. Journal of Clinical Virology, in press

    Guarner J, Kraft CS. Need for clinico-pathologic correlation of C. difficile colitis in view of molecular diagnosis. Clin Infect Dis. 2012; 54(1):156.

    Kraft CS, Armstrong WS, Caliendo, AM. Medical Microbiology: Interpreting CMV Viral Load Testing: Understanding the Laboratory Perspective. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Jul;55(1):75-81.

    Kraft CS, Jacob JT, Sears MH, Burd EM, Caliendo AM, Lyon GM. Severity of human rhinovirus infection in immunocompromised adults is similar to 2009 H1N1 influenza. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Mar;50(3):1061-3.

    Kraft CS, Basu D, Hawkins PA, Hraber PT, Chomba E, Mulenga J, Allen SA, Manigart O, Hunter E. Timing and source of subtype-C HIV-1 superinfection in the newly infected partner of Zambian couples with disparate viruses. Retrovirology. 2012 Mar 20;9(1):22

    Leeds IL, Magee MJ, Kurbatova EV, del Rio C, Blumberg HM, Leonard MK, Kraft CS. Site of disease in extrapulmonary tuberculosis is predicted by HIV infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Jul;55(1):75-81.

    Basu D, Kraft CS, Murphy MK, Campbell PJ, Yu T, Hraber PT, Pinter A, Irene C, Chomba E, Mulenga J, Kilembe W, Allen SA, Derdeyn CA, Hunter E. HIV-1 subtype C superinfected individuals mount low autologous neutralizing antibody responses prior to intrasubtype superinfection. Retrovirology, 2012 Sep 20;9:76.

    Sampson T, Liu S, Schroeder M, Kraft C, Burd E, Weiss D. Rapid killing of Acinetobacter baumannii by polymyxins is mediated by a hydroxyl radical death pathway. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2012 Nov;56(11):5642-9.

    Molinaro RJ, Winkler AM, Kraft CS, Fantz CR, Stowell SR, Ritchie JC, Koch DD, Heron S, Liebzeit J, Santen S, Guarner J. Teaching laboratory medicine to medical students: implementation and evaluation. (MSCLE). Arch Pathol Lab Med, 2012 Nov;136(11):1423-9.

    Abdul-Ali D, Ingersoll J, Frempong M, Kraft CS, Caliendo AM. Cytomegalovirus stability in EDTA anti-coagulated whole blood and plasma samples. J Clin Virol. 2011 Nov;52(3):222-4.

    Boeras DI, Luisi N, Karita E, McKinney S, Sharkey T, Keeling M, Chomba E, Kraft C, Wall K, Bizimana J, Kilembe W, Tichacek A, Caliendo AM, Hunter E, Allen S. Indeterminate and discrepant rapid HIV test results in couples' HIV testing and counselling centres in Africa. J Int AIDS Soc. 2011 Apr 8;14(1):18.

    Kalokhe A, Wang J, Lim P, Kraft CS, Lyon GM. A 35 year-old woman with prior renal transplantation admitted with a temporal brain abscess. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Oct;53(8):843-4, 797.

    McCloskey CB, Kraft CS, Ingersoll J, Hill CE, Burd EM, Caliendo AM. Characterization of novel 2009 H1N1 specimens with a positive hemagglutinin1 (H1) signal in the Luminex xTAG" Respiratory Viral Panel (RVP) assay. J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Apr, 49(4): 1657-1658.

    Vogt AP, Doshi, RK, Higgins JE, Burd EM, Ribner BS, Kraft CS. Acute cholecystitis caused by nontoxigenic Vibrio cholerae O1 Inaba. J Clin Micro. 2010 Mar, 48(3): 1002-1004.

    Liff DA, Kraft C, Pohlel K, Wade J, Franco-Paredes C, Chen EP, Clements S Jr, Sperling L. Nocardia nova aortitis after coronary artery bypass surgery. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2007 May; 20(5):537.e7-8.

    Kourbatova EV, Leonard MK Jr, Romero J, Kraft C, del Rio C, Blumberg HM. Risk factors for mortality among patients with extrapulmonary tuberculosis at an academic inner-city hospital in the US. Eur J Epidemiol. 2006 21(9):715-21.

    Leonard MK Jr , Kraft C. Man with syncopal episodes and an abnormal chest radiograph. CID. 2006 42: 1800-2

    Van Der Pol B, Kraft CS, Williams JA. Use of an adaptation of a commercially available PCR assay aimed at diagnosis of chlamydia and gonorrhea to detect Trichomonas vaginalis in urogenital specimens. J Clin Microbiol. 2006 Feb;44(2):366-73.

    Albrich WC, Kraft C, Fisk T, Albrecht H. A mechanic with a bad valve: blood-culture-negative endocarditis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2004 Dec; 4(12):777-84

    Trujillo JR, Goletiani NV, Bosch I, Kendrick C, Rogers RA, Trujillo EB, Essex M, Brain JD. T-tropic sequence of the V3 loop is critical for HIV-1 infection of CXCR4-positive colonic HT-29 epithelial cells. JAIDS. 2000 25(1):1-10.

    Book Chapters -

    Kraft C and Caliendo AM. Molecular Detection and Characterization of HIV. Molecular Microbiology. Diagnostic Principles and Practice. 2nd Edition. Eds. DH Persing, FC Tenover, R Hayden, F Nolte,Y-W Tang, A Van Belkum. ASM Press.