Microbiology Culture Plates used to isolate Stool Pathogens.

Division of Microbiology

The Microbiology division provides state of the art diagnostic services to the London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the Middlesex Hospital Alliance and several other hospitals in our referral area for the detection and treatment of infectious diseases.

These services include the areas of bacteriology, virology, mycology, molecular diagnostics, serology, and parasitology. Our service delivery model includes the provision of clinical consultations, ongoing test development and quality enhancement, research, and education.

The Bacteriology service provides a range of tests for the identification and antibiotic susceptibility of bacterial agents associated with bloodstream infections, meningitis, pneumonia, urinary tract and genital infections, gastrointestinal illnesses, and surgical site and wound infections, including:

  • Rapid blood culture identification using MALDI-TOF
  • Multidrug resistant pathogens like NDM, KPC, MRSA, and VRE
  • C. difficile - associated diarrhea
  • Sterility testing of medical solutions for dialysis, pharmacy, nuclear medicine and the tissue bank services

The Molecular and Virology laboratory areas provide a broad range of quantitative and qualitative molecular and serologic tests for the detection of respiratory viruses, blood-borne viral infections, transplantation-associated viral infections, and for the Trillium Gift of Life organ donation screening program including:

  • Influenza, RSV, Adenovirus
  • Viral hepatitis
  • HIV, CMV, EBV
  • West Nile virus
  • Herpes and Varicella virus

The Mycology service is evolving and supports the detection of invasive fungal infections in transplant and immunocompromised patients including:

  • Invasive candidiasis
  • Invasive aspergillosis
  • Fusariosis

The Microbiology division also provides support to hospital antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control programs through:

  • Provision of leadership
  • Surveillance for Multidrug Resistant Organisms
  • Antibiogram development
  • Notification to Public Health
  • Participation in a national surveillance programs
  • Outbreak Investigation

Contacts:

Division Head:

Dr. Michael John
michael.john@lhsc.on.ca
519-685-8500, ext. 58474

Coordinator:

David Schaus
dave.schaus@lhsc.on.ca
519-685-8500, ext. 53044

Section Head:

Dr. Aaron Campigotto
Molecular Microbiology
aaron.campigotto@lhsc.on.ca
519-685-8500, ext. 75016

Section Head:

Dr. Johan Delport
Clinical Microbiology
johan.delport@lhsc.on.ca
519-685-8500, ext. 58149

Section Head:

Dr. Jeff Fuller
Clinical Microbiology
jeffrey.fuller@lhsc.on.ca
519-685-8500, ext. 58213

Senior Technologist:

Sandi Burn
Clinical Microbiology
sandi.burn@lhsc.on.ca
519-685-8500, ext. 52219

Senior Technologist:

Shannon Schofield
Molecular Microbiology
shannon.schofield@lhsc.on.ca
519-685-8500, ext. 52219

Senior Technologist:

Jenny Vereecken
Clinical Microbiology/Molecular Microbiology
jenny.vereecken@lhsc.on.ca
519-685-8500, ext. 52219
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry London Health Sciences CentreSt. Joseph's Health Care LondonWestern University