Dr. Kirby has 15 years of experience in infectious disease research. She received her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Buffalo, SUNY, and her MPH in Epidemiology from Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. She specializes in using the tools of molecular microbiology to address questions of epidemiological significance, specifically in the area of water- and food-borne disease. Her current research is focused on the transmission and detection of norovirus. She is particularly interested in pathogenesis in the context of GI dysfunction. In the past, she has studied biofilm formation in Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, and iron acquisition in Bordetella species.
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