Author Archive: Megan Murn

Megan Murn has been with Microbiologics for 12 years. She is currently the Industrial Market Manager and is a Certified Microbiologist in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Microbiology through the American Society of Microbiology. Prior to her current role, she managed the Technical Support department for five years and has seven years of experience working in both the Industrial and Clinical Quality Control laboratories at Microbiologics. Megan also has a background in the medical field with six years of experience working one-on-one with patients and samples. Megan carries a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from St. Cloud State University.

Identification and Preservation Techniques of Environmental Isolates

Pharmaceutical microbiologists have the great responsibility of ensuring their products are free of harmful contaminants and safe for consumers. Earlier this month at the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Fall Forum in Philadelphia, Microbiologics Vice President of Research and Development Brian Beck Ph.D….
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Environmental Isolate Case File: Moraxella osloensis

Moraxella osloensis isn’t a well-known bacterium outside the laboratory, but this opportunistic human pathogen has been found to cause life-threatening diseases such as endocarditis, osteomyelitis, central venous catheter infection and meningitis.1 M. osloensis is also known to be an environmental…
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How Food Labs Protect Consumers from STECs

The ongoing Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona, region has captured the attention of food manufacturers, retailers, and consumers throughout the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),…
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Environmental Isolate Case File: Corynebacterium spp.

Everyone has heard of diphtheria, but this familiar infection caused by a Corynebacterium strain isn’t the only illness laboratories should be concerned about. Sterile manufacturing facilities should also be on the lookout for non-diphtherial Corynebacterium. These strains, commonly found in…
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How to Implement MALDI Technology in Your Lab

For over 100 years, bacteria have been identified by their biochemical properties through the use of various test methods. With the addition of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrophotometry (MS) technology, things are changing. In this post, we offer a brief overview of MALDI-TOF…
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Methods for Growth Success: Obligate Anaerobes

When growing microorganisms, several conditions must be considered to ensure successful results including correct temperatures and pH, adequate moisture and sufficient nutrients (such as carbon and nitrogen). Even experienced microbiologists can run into growth issues with finicky microorganisms. With this in mind, we have…
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Methods for Growth Success: Aerobic Microorganisms

When growing microorganisms, several conditions must be considered to ensure successful results including correct temperatures and pH, adequate moisture and sufficient nutrients (carbon and nitrogen). Even experienced microbiologists can run into growth issues with finicky microorganisms. With this in mind, we have created a…
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