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Carey-Ann D. Burnham, PhD

Associate Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Program Director, CPEP Program in Medical and Public Health Microbiology



Additional Titles

  • Associate Professor, Molecular Microbiology
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics
  • Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology, Barnes Jewish Hospital


  • B.Sc., Medical Laboratory Science (With Distinction): University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (2002)
  • Ph.D., Medical Sciences (Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology): University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (2007)
  • Fellowship in Clinical Microbiology: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri (2009)

Board Certifications

  • Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, General Certification in Medical Laboratory Technology. 2001
  • Diplomate, Amercian Board of Medical Microbiology. 2009
  • Fellow, Canadian College of Microbiologists. 2010


  • 2004     Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarship (PGSD). $63,000.00 over 36 months.
  • 2009     Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award. Academy of Clinical and Laboratory Physicians and Scientists.
  • 2013     The American Society for Microbiology/Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Young Investigator Award. Presented at the ASM General Meeting, Denver, CO, May 2013.
  • 2014     Washington University Laboratory and Genomic Medicine Teacher of the Year, selected by the Clinical Pathology Residents. June 2014.
  • 2014     The Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS) Ellis S. Benson Award. Presented at the ACLPS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. May 2014.

Clinical Interests

  • Medical & Public Health Microbiology
  • Microbiology

Research Interests

  • Development of novel diagnostic methods
  • Antimicrobial Resistance


Pub Med Search

Selected Publications (From >100 Peer-Reviewed Publications):

  • Burnham, C.D., C.J. Weber and W.M. Dunne, Jr.  2010.  A novel screening agar for the detection of vancomycin non-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus.  J Clin Microbiol. 48: 949-951. PMID: 20089765.
  • Fritz, S.A., P.G. Hogan, B.C. Camins, A.J. Ainsworth, C. Patrick, M.S. Martin, M.J. Krauss, M. Rodriguez, and C.A. Burnham.  2013.  Staphylococcus aureus mupirocin and chlorhexidine resistance in patients with community-onset skin and soft tissue infections.  Antimicrob Agents Chemother.  57:559-568. PMID: 23147738.
  • McElvania TeKippe, E., S. Shuey, D.W. Winkler, M.A. Butler, and C.A. Burnham.  2013.  Optimizing identification of clinically relevant Gram-positive organisms using the Bruker Biotyper MALDI-TOF MS system.  J Clin Microbiol.  51: 1421-1427.  PMID: 23426925.
  • Burnham, C.A. and K.C. Carroll.  2013.  Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection:  An ongoing conundrum for clinicians and laboratories.  Clin Micro Revs. 26: 604-630.  PMID: 23824374.
  • Burnham, C.A., R.A. Frobel, M.L. Herrera, and B. Wickes.  2014.  Rapid ertapenem susceptibility testing and Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) phenotype detection in Klebsiella pneumoniae using automated microscopy of immobilized live bacterial cells.  J Clin Microbiol.  52:982-986.  PMID:  24391202.
  • McElvania TeKippe, E., and C.A. Burnham.  2014.  Evaluation of the Bruker Biotyper and VITEK MS MALDI-TOF MS systems for the identification of unusual and/or difficult-to-identify microorganisms isolated from clinical specimens.  Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis.  33: 1703-1712.  PMID:  24962194.
  • Pesesky, M.W., T. Hussain, M. Wallace, B. Wang, S. Andleeb, C.A. Burnham and G. Dantas.  2015.  KPC and NDM-1 Genes in Related Enterobacteriaceae Strains and Plasmids from Pakistan and the United States.  Emerg Infect Dis.  21: 1034-1037.  PMID:  25988236.
  • Wilen, C.D., A.R. McMullen, and C.A. Burnham.  2015.  Comparison of sample preparation, instrumentation platforms, and contemporary commercial databases for MALDI-TOF MS identification of clinically relevant mycobacteria.  J Clin Microbiol.  53: 2308-2315. PMID:  25972426.
  • Fritz, S.A., P.G. Hogan, L.N. Singh, R.M. Thompson, M.A. Wallace, K. Whitney, D. Al-Zubeidi, C.A. Burnham, and V.J. Fraser.  2014.  Contamination of environmental surfaces with Staphylococcus aureus in households of children infected with methicillin-resistant S. aureus.  JAMA Pediatr.  168: 1030-1038.  PMID: 25200331.


  • associate

Clinical Interest

  • medical
  • microbiology

Bio Type

  • faculty
  • fellows

Nisha Chatterjee

Office Location: BJC-IH Building, Room 5802