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Esther Babady, PhD, D (ABMM)

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY


Esther Babady, Ph.D., D (ABMM), is the Director of Clinical Operations for the Microbiology Laboratory Service, Director of the CPEP Clinical Microbiology Fellowship program and an associate attending in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer (MSKCC) in New York City. She received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and completed a post-doctoral CPEP fellowship in Clinical Microbiology both at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN before joining MSKCC. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals (JCM, JMD, JCV and CMR) and society leadership councils and committees including PASCV, ASM and AMP. Her research interests include the development and evaluation of rapid molecular tests for the diagnosis of infections in immunocompromised hosts and applications of molecular tests for the surveillance of hospital acquired infections.


Disclosures: This research was sponsored by Roche Molecular Diagnostics, GenMark Diagnostics and Luminex Corp. I received honoraria from Roche Molecular Diagnostics.


Richard L. Hodinka, PhD

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and PRISMA Health System, Greenville, SC

Dr. Hodinka received his B.S. in Biology from Marietta College, Marietta, OH in 1976, his M.S. in Microbiology in 1979 from the University of Montana, Missoula, MT, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Ohio University, Athens, OH in 1983. He then completed a research postdoctoral fellowship (1983-86) in Microbiology in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC followed by a clinical postdoctoral fellowship (1986-88) in Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology at the University of North Carolina Medical Center, Chapel Hill, NC.

Dr. Hodinka joined the faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 where he was a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia until his retirement from these institutions in June of 2014. He joined the founding faculty of the USC School of Medicine Greenville in July of 2014 and is currently a Professor in Microbiology and the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences. He
provides instruction in medical microbiology and infectious diseases at the USC School of Medicine Greenville and conducts clinical sciences/translational research through the Greenville Health System and the University of South Carolina.

He has served as the co-organizer of the Clinical Virology Symposium since 1994 and was co-organizer of the Molecular Virology Workshop from 1994-2013. Both meetings have received international acclaim as forums for the meaningful exchange of ideas dealing with human viral infections. Dr. Hodinka has also served as President and a Council Member for the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV) and as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the Asia Pacific Congress of Medical Virology. He has been a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) since 1978 and has served on a number of societal committees and in various capacities for this organization. He has also organized and participated in a number of ASM Workshops, Sunrise Sessions, Symposia, Colloquia, and Webinars over his career.

Dr. Hodinka serves as an invited reviewer for a number of journals and is on various journal editorial boards, including the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, and the Journal of Clinical Virology (currently an Editor). He also participates as a scientific reviewer of grants and is a member on national and international committees, working groups, and advisory boards as an expert in his field. His clinical and research interests involve pediatric viral diseases, detection and monitoring of viral infections in pediatric and adult immunocompromised hosts, and the development and study of rapid and accurate methods for the diagnosis of infectious diseases; current emphasis is on molecular technologies and automated instrumentation for the greatest impact on the care and management of ill patients. He has published extensively and is the author of a number of original scientific publications, review articles and book chapters, and is an Editor of a well-respected book in laboratory medicine titled the Clinical Virology Manual. Dr. Hodinka has been recognized for his excellence in teaching and research. His awards include election to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology, the PASCV Diagnostic Virology Award received in recognition of his contributions to the field of diagnostic virology, the PASCV Dupont Clinical Virology Young Investigator Award, the 2016 bioMérieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology, as well as 2 Distinguished Teaching Awards and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the 2018 Biomedical Sciences Faculty Teacher of the Year at the USC School of Medicine Greenville. He is in demand as a speaker at academic institutions and at national and international conferences and has served as a National Foundation Lecturer for the American Society for Microbiology and is currently a member of the American Society for Microbiology Speakers’ Bureau.


Disclosures: Nothing to disclose.


  Meghan Starolis, MS, PhD
Quest Diagnostics, Chantilly, VA

Dr. Meghan Starolis currently serves as Scientific Director of Molecular Infectious Disease as Quest Diagnostics. Her fields of interest include chronic viral diseases, infectious disease related to transplantation, women’s health, and emerging infectious disease. Previously, she has done research at the FDA (CBER) and her graduate research focused on molecular pathways for biofilm formation in Francisella tularensis.


Disclosures: I am a paid consultant/employee for Quest Diagnostics.

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