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

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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The Facts about Zika Virus: Past and Present

The news about Zika virus and the panic it is causing in Central and South America has been taking center stage for weeks. We have been following this story closely and with great interest. With so much information circulating through…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Staphylococcus epidermidis

Staphylococcus epidermidis colonizes moist body surfaces such as the axillae, nares and toe webs. Normally a harmless species, S. epidermidis can cause clinical disease under the right circumstances. Predisposing factors include immunosuppression and the presence of a medical device such as…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Acinetobacter baumannii

Acinetobacter baumannii is one of the top causes of hospital-acquired infections. Most at risk for illness are the elderly and the chronically ill. Like an unwelcome guest, A. baumannii is difficult to remove once it moves into a health care…
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Microorganisms Spreading Holiday Cheer

This holiday season, as you open a bottle of your favorite wine to share with family and friends, consider making a toast to Saccharomyces cerevisiae (also known as “brewer’s yeast”) which is a species of yeast that is commonly used for making…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Micrococcus luteus

As a pharmaceutical microbiologist, you are probably no stranger to Micrococcus luteus since it is among the most commonly found organisms in pharmaceutical environmental monitoring. The strain is typically associated with human skin, particularly from the head, arms and legs; consequently,…
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