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Expert in Microbiology: Bacteria, Molds/Fungi - Identification, Quality Control, Remediation, Expert Witness

Expert ID: 718662 Georgia, USA

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MICROBIOLOGY; BACTERIOLOGY; MYCOLOGY; MICROORGANISM IDENTIFICATION. Expert has expertise in the identification and control of microorganisms including aspects of sterilization, disinfection, and inhibition of microbes. He has extensive background in the application of control mechanisms and chemicals to all environments, including manufacturing and industrial settings, natural settings, and man-made settings. He
understands the physical and biocidal approaches to microbial control, public health, tuberculosis, aspergillosis, and other medical microbiology issues.

INFECTION CONTROL; NOSOCOMIAL (HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED) DISEASE. Expert has experience in the identification of sites of contamination with microbes, and the remediation measures to be taken for the alleviation and elimination of these hazards and foulings. He is especially involved in personal care products, nebulizers, humidifiers, hospital environments, packaging rooms, sterile rooms, foods, food products, cosmetics, reagents, chemicals, biochemicals, ocular and periocular products, including mascaras, eye shadows, contact lenses, and contact lens solutions (i.e. cleaners and disinfectants).

BACTERIAL ENDOTOXIN; EXOTOXIN; GRAM NEGATIVE BACTERIA; FUNGI. Expert has worked on the quantitation of microbes and their products, including the enumeration and characteristics of specific microbes and their products.

PRODUCT AND SITE DEVELOPMENT FOR MICROBIOLOGY AND MICROBIAL CONTROL. Expert is able to assist in the design and development of particular products and reagents with antimicrobial activity, as well as the design, redesign, or remediation of manufacturing and production sites.

WATER, LIQUID, AND AIR MICROBIAL CONTAMINATION. Expert has expertise in the area of gram-negative fermenting and non-fermenting bacilli, spore forming bacteria, and their identification, control, and removal.

EXPERT WITNESS FOR LITIGATION in the above areas.

Expert studied and evaluated self-disinfecting carpets and personal care products for such activities.

He identified and evaluated Limulus amebocyte tests against actual microbial contamination in hospital and industrial environments. He published a paper on nebulizers and humidifiers.

He evaluated microbial mascaras and eye shadows for microbial contamination in display and non-display formats. He performed challenge studies to evaluate the effectiveness of the inhibitor system.

Expert has studied nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus and enterotoxins produced by these strains.

He has evaluated air in hospitals and manufacturing facilities.

He has studied respiratory nosocomial infections in hospitals. He has competence to study and evaluate sources and avenues of infections of other types.

Expert developed tests for the detection of diphtheria toxin, published in 1998.

He can evaluate food products for mold and bacterial contamination.

Expert can evaluate various types of hospital equipment for microbial contamination.

Expert can evaluate and assist in remediation procedures to improve sanitation and hygiene in a hospital laundry facility.

Expert has served as an expert witness for infectious disease situations related to industry, hospitals, physicians and other medical personnel. He has clarified and defined microbiological mysteries and dilemmas in legal venues. He has evaluated medical and industrial records to contribute an expert opinion as to innocence or culpability in terms of claims. Organisms involved fise in legal cases have been: Enterobacter sazasaki, Serratia marcescens, Klebsiella pneumoniae and others. He developed an improved inhibitor system for a personal care/health system that has been marketed for over a decade.Expert identified and helped remediate a bacterial contamination problem in a wash system to prevent end product contamination. He identified problem microbes and an improved inhibitor/self-disinfecting system for a commercial product.Within a period of one month Expert helped pinpoint and solve a fungal contamination problem that was causing massive financial loss of 1 million dollars a day in a large manufacturing facility.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia - Athens, Georgia - Macon, Georgia - Roswell, Georgia - Marietta, Georgia - Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1969 Degree: Postdoctoral Resident Subject: Medical/Clinical Microbiology Institution: Centers for Disease Control
Year: 1966 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Microbiology Institution: Microbiology - Columbia University
Year: 1962 Degree: M.A. Subject: Microbiology Institution: Microbiology - Columbia University
Year: 1960 Degree: B.S. Subject: Biology Institution: Biology - Manhattan College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1988 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director/Consultant Department: Responsibilities: A consultant to businesses, industry, and hospitals for infection control, decontamination, and disinfection related to microbes--bacteria and fungi (molds and yeasts). He has extensive experience in major industrial situations and successful remediation of industrial problems.
Years: 1969 to 2005 Employer: Georgia State University Title: Associate Professor Emeritus, Retired Department: Biology/Applied Environmental Microbiology Responsibilities: He conducts research in microbiology. He is experienced in microbial identification, disinfection, sterilization, and decontamination, toxin identification, serology, and immunobiology. He designs and develops new tests and systems. He gives instruction in microbiology at introductory and advanced levels.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1966 to 1969 Agency: Centers for Disease Control Role: Medical Microbiologist Description: Worked as a Fellow in microbiology. He learned all aspects of diagnostic/clinical microbiology and performed research on virulence and pathogenicity of fungi.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the American Society for Microbiology.
Licenses / Certifications
He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Microbiology and A Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology of the ASM.
Awards / Recognition
Expert received the Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Arts and Sciences
Medical / Professional
He is a Fellow in Medical Microbiology, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and an ASM Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, ASM.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert is the author of 40 research papers and two monographs on infection control.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has analyzed medical reports regarding microbial contamination/infectious disease situations in both hospitals/industry. He has assisted and helped lawyers develop better cases by careful attention in his reviews and analyses.
Training / Seminars
He provides basic training in the isolation and identification of bacteria and fungi from varied industrial, product and medical sources. He is an accomplished speaker and lecturer. He is able to present 1-3 day workshops/seminars on basic microbiology, medical microbiology, techniques in microbiology, disinfection, and sterilization. Recently, he has begun a lecture series on management motivation and professional development for managers and group leaders. The lecture relates to personal and professional improvement. A talk for basic personnel is also in development. Presentations on selected topics are available and can be prepared.
Vendor Selection
Expert can assist with microbiology vendor selections.
Marketing Experience
He has experience in product development and improvement to enhance marketability.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert can help design operation methods and systems approaches to control or eliminate microbial contamination.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Has a modest ability to speak, read, and write French.

Fields of Expertise

antibacterial soap, antimicrobial coating, applied microbiology, bacterial toxin, bacteriology, biological waste, bloodborne pathogen, clinical microbiology, culture maintenance, environmental impact assessment, environmental microbiology, environmental sampling, environmental site assessment, food industry quality control, food product quality control, industrial microbiology, medical device manufacturing quality control, medical microbiology, mesophile, microbial ecology, microbiology, microorganism observation, mycology, nonpoint source pollution assessment, ocular microbiology, pharmaceutical quality control, processed food quality control, waste assessment, water pollution assessment, water-quality assessment, antimicrobial medical device, bacterial endotoxin, cosmetic exported product, enterotoxin, environmental air sampling, epidemiology, exotoxin, food quality control, hospital equipment safety, hospital laundry facility, remediation, mold origin, water pollution microbiology, chemical identification, manufacturing quality control, site development, blood borne disease, microbiology laboratory, eye shadow, biodegradation test, mesophilic, microbial water bath, quality evaluation, canned food product, microbiological medium, hospital equipment, environmental sample, environmental science, baby personal care product, bar soap, dried food product, microbiological food vitamin analysis, environmental technology, medical technology, environment-related assessment, water quality standard, quality standard, food inspection, personal care product, cosmetic product, ecological environment, environment, hospital, biomedical device, microorganism, quality control, quality auditing, microbial risk assessment, medical science, medical device, food product, environmental risk assessment, clinical medicine, antiperspirant, anesthesiology

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