Johann D.D. Pitout

I am a Medical Microbiologist and Professor at the University of Calgary. My main research interests are resistance to antimicrobial agents among Gram-negative bacteria especially the laboratory detection, characterization and molecular epidemiology of bacteria with newer β-lactamases such as AmpC, Extended-spectrum β-lactamases and Carbapenemases. I have also been involved in population-based surveillance studies investigating infections caused by organisms producing these newer types of β-lactamases. I have published over 120 peer reviewed papers in this field. My recent research interests are using next generation sequencing to investigate globally successful clones such as Escherichia coli ST131 and Klebsiella pneumoniae ST258 and their respective plasmids. (From