Author Archive: Laurie Kundrat

Laurie Kundrat, MT (ASCP) has over 25 years of experience as a Microbiologist and a Clinical Technologist. Laurie is an active member of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and serves as a member of the Microbiology Committee. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Biology. She also earned a Medical Technology degree from Fairview General Hospital. Laurie has grown to love all types of bacteria, she also loves working with customers and helping them use Microbiologics products successfully. If you would like to get Laurie's advice on a microbiology-related problem you're experiencing, email your question to her at lkundrat@microbiologics.com.

Top 10 Tips for Growth Promotion Testing

The Growth Promotion Test can be a hassle, but it is necessary for determining if a new batch of media is acceptable. Use our top 10 tips for achieving Growth Promotion success with Microbiologics products to make your testing process as…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Listeria monocytogenes

Ubiquitous in nature, Listeria monocytogenes can be found in many contamination sources making it difficult to eliminate from food processing facilities. Characteristics, such as the ability to grow at refrigerator temperatures, form biofilms, thrive in moist conditions, and remain viable in high…
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Bucket List for Microbiologists

Microbiologists are inquisitive, adventurous and have an appreciation for life (especially at the microscopic level). With this in mind, we created a bucket list just for all you microbe-lovers. Our list includes beautiful phenomenons, historic sites, and something a little gross……
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Ralstonia pickettii

If your manufacturing processes utilize purified water or highly purified water, Ralstonia pickettii should be on your list of microorganisms to control. In fact, it has become a microorganism of concern to sterile drug manufacturers because it is capable of passing through…
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Microorganisms and Man’s Best Friend

It’s the American Veterinary Medical Association National Pet Week®! As pet lovers and microbiologists, this got us thinking about the different types of diseases that can make our furry friends sick. For this blog post, we have compiled a list…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Bacillus cereus

If you have isolated Bacillus cereus in your pharmaceutical manufacturing environment, you are not alone! Bacillus is one of the most common microorganisms cited in U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning letters associated with contamination in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The top…
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How to Choose QC Strains for Microbial ID Systems

Quality control testing for microbial identification systems is an important step all laboratories should take to ensure accurate results. However, it can be difficult to decide which strains to use for QC. In this post, we will provide tips and resources…
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Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Combating a Multidrug-Resistant Organism

The global spread of antibiotic resistant sexually transmitted diseases (STD) has been receiving increased attention over the past several years from health institutes including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These organizations…
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Objectionable Microorganisms: Keeping Bad Bugs Out of Good Products

No pharmaceutical company wants to sell a non-sterile drug contaminated with objectionable microorganisms, but how does a company know which organisms are objectionable and how do they ensure their drugs do not contain them? An objectionable organism is one which…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Burkholderia cepacia complex

During 2012, an outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia complex spread throughout the intensive care unit of a German hospital. The illness was traced to contaminated alcohol-free mouthwash. Though this event does not mark the first time B. cepacia complex was recovered from…
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