ABOUT TERRENCE KURZYNSKI, M.S.:
I am a bacteriologist with 36 years of experience in the areas of clinical and public health microbiology. I located in Madison, Wisconsin. During my last 10 years at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene I largely concentrated on the use of molecular subtyping of foodborne and nosocomial acquired infectious bacterial agents using Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE). In 2002 I received a Pulse Star Award from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for exceptional contributions to PulseNet. In addition, I performed DNA sequencing on the bacterial gene encoding for 16s ribosomal ribonucleic acid(RNA) as an aide in identification of unusual and difficult to identify pathogenic bacteria. I am also knowledgeable about the Centers for Disease Control's procedure for utilizing Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) as a replacement for Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis for subtyping foodborne pathogenic bacteria. I have prepared a simplified Power Point presentation to explain the WGS procedure to jury members.
I have extensive knowledge of these areas and have published 30 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and I have also presented or co-presented 30 scientific presentations at a variety of national and international professional meetings. Since 1996, I have been responsible for 7 PFGE-related publications and 14 PFGE-related Abstracts presented at professional meetings. I also worked on the identification of potential bioterrorism related bacterial agents and I was chosen by subject matter experts at the CDC to co-present three Level B Bioterrorism Agent Identification Laboratory Training Courses at CDC in Atlanta and in Richmond, VA. in 2004/2005.
I have received extensive training in all these areas by attending specific CDC workshops, annually attending American Society for Microbiology and other national and international professional meetings and by performing and publishing related research. I also have extensive experience teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students included UW Madison medical students and medical technologists, advanced medical microbiology and graduate students, pathology residents, infectious disease fellows and state public health workers.
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