Wm. Michael Dunne Jr., PhD

Wm. Michael Dunne Jr., PhD

Adjunct Professor, Pathology & Immunology


  • Laboratory & Genomic Medicine

Additional Titles

  • Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine


  • BS in Laboratory Science: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (1975)
  • PhD in Microbiology: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (1982)
  • CPEP Fellowship program in Medical and Public Health Microbiology: University of Wisconsin/Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1984)

Board Certifications

  • D(ABMM) 1987
  • MT(ASCP) 1975


  • Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
  • Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Fellow, Canadian College of Microbiology
  • Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

Research Interests

My research interests encompass the development of in vitro diagnostic assays for the field of clinical microbiology, as well as well as understanding the role of human microbiome in health and disease states. I am also interested in novel forms of antimicrobial resistance expression and the use of next generation sequencing for metagenomic analysis of clinical specimens.

Editorial Responsibilities

1995-1997 Editorial Board Pediatric Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
1997-2003 Editorial Board Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
1995-2004 Editorial Review Board Clinical Infectious Diseases
1996-2006 Editorial Board Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
2000-2004 Editorial Board Journal of Clinical Microbiology
2004-2014 Senior Editor Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Service to the Department

2000-2011 Medical Director, Microbiology
2001-2011 Director, CPEP fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology

Service to the University

2000-2011 Professor, Pathology and Immunology
2000-2011 Professor, Medicine
2000-2011 Professor, Pediatrics
2000-2011 Professor, Molecular Microbiology
2011-Present Adjunct Professor, Pathology and Immunology

Selected Publications

PubMed Search

Dunne, Jr WM, LF Westblade, and B Ford. 2012. Next Generation and Whole Genome Sequencing in the Diagnostic Clinical Microbiology Laboratory. Eur J Clin Micro Infect Dis. 8:1719-26
The Human Microbiome Project Consortium. 2012. Structure, function and diversity of the healthy human microbiome. Nature. 486:207-214
The Human Microbiome Project Consortium. 2012. A framework for human microbiome research. Nature. 486:215-21
Westblade, LF, RR Chamberland, D Maccennell, R Collins, ER Dubberke, WM Dunne, JR., CA Burnham. 2012. Development and evaluation of a novel, semi-automated Clostridium difficile typing platform. J. Clin. Microbiol. 51:621-624
van Belkum A, WM Dunne Jr. 2013. Next generation antimicrobial susceptibility testing. J. Clin. Microbiol. 51:2018-24.Baron EJ, JM Miller, MP Weinstein, SS Richter, PH Gilligan, RB Thomson Jr, P Bourbeau, KC Carroll, SC Kehl, WM Dunne, B Robinson-Dunn, JD Schwartzman, KC Chapin, JW Snyder, BA Forbes, R Patel, JE Rosenblatt, BS Pritt. 2013 Executive Summary: A Guide to Utilization of the Microbiology Laboratory for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: Recommendations by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Clin Infect Dis. 57:485-8.
Walsh JD, JM Hyman, L Borzhemskaya, A Bowen, Caroline McKellar, M Ullery, E Mathias, C Ronsick, J Link, M Wilson, B Clay, R Robinson, T Thorpe, A van Belkum and WM Dunne Jr. 2013. A Rapid Intrinsic Fluorescence Method for the Direct Identification of Pathogens in Blood Cultures. mBio.4:e00865-00813
Dunne, Jr. W M, K Doing, E Miller, E Miller, E Moreno, M Baghli, S Mailler, V Girard, A van Belkum, and P Deol. 2014. Rapid inactivation of Mycobacterium and Nocardia species before identification using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. J. Clin. Microbiol. 52:3654-3659.
Dunne, Jr. W M 2015. Laboratory diagnosis of sepsis? No SIRS, not just yet. J. Clin. Microbiol. 53(8):2404-9.
van Belkum A, S Chatellier, V Girad, D Pincus, P Deol, WM Dunne, Jr. 2015. Progress in proteomics for clinical microbiology: MALDI-TOF MS for microbial species identification and more. Expert Rev. Proteomics. 12:595-605
Westblade LF, van Belkum A, Grundhoff A, Weinstock GM, Pamer EG, Pallen MJ, Dunne Jr. WM. 2016. Role of Clinicogenomics in Infectious Disease Diagnostics and Public Health Microbiology. J. Clin. Microbiol. 54:1686-1593
Hyman JM, Walsh JD, Ronsick C, Wilson M, Hazen KC, Borzhemskaya L, Link J, Clay B, Ullery M, Sanchez-Ilan M, Rothenberg S, Robinson R, van Belkum A, Dunne, Jr. WM. 2016. Evaluation of a Fully Automated Research Prototype for the Immediate Identification of Microorganisms from Positive Blood Cultures under Clinical Conditions. mBio. 7:e00705-16
Lovern D, B Katzin, K Johnson, D Broadwell, E Miller, A Gates, P Deol, K Doing, A van Belkum, C Marshall, E Mathias, WM Dunne, Jr. 2016. Antimicrobial bindng and growth kinetics in BacT/ALERT FA Plus and BACTED Aerobic/F Plus blood culture media. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 12:2033-2036
Dunne WM Jr, N Picot, A van Belkum. 2016 Laboratory tests for Legionairre’s Disease. Infect Dis Clin North Am. [Epub ahead of print].   Dunne WM Jr, M Jaillard, O Rochas, A van Belkum. 2017. Microbial genomics and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Expert Rev Mol Diagn. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 1080/14737159.2017.1283220.

Lab Phone: 919-620-2379
Office Location: Durham, NC