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I will answer questions relating to the identification of bacterial and fungal isolates using phenotypic (macroscopic/microscopic appearance, biochemical bench tests, fatty-acid analysis) as well as genotypic (RiboPrinting) methods. I can also answer questions relating to environmental microbiology, especially those specifically relating to the pharmaceutical industry. I am less familiar with clinical microbiology.

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I have worked within the biotech industry for 9 years, most of that time spent in a Quality Control Microbiology laboratory setting. Within the laboratory, I routinely performed bioburden testing; sterility testing; gel-clot and kinetic LAL testing; biological indicator testing; stability testing; microbial limits testing; media performance/growth promotion testing; microbial identifications testing using API, Vitek, MIDI (GC-MIS) and RiboPrinter identifications systems; total/fecal coliform testing; environmental monitoring; media preparation; stock culture maintenance; qualification of identification test kits and QuantiCult Plus organisms. I executed the QC validation of the DuPont Qualicon RiboPrinter Microbial Characterization System. I also supported sites internationally with the fungal/microbial identification process, the RiboPrinter assay, stock culture maintenance and the microbial identification process flow.


Nationally Registered Microbiologist, American Society of Microbiology (2005)


Applied and Environmental Microbiology


B.S. in Microbiology (2000)

Awards and Honors

Received my company's 'Best Practice Award' for the Validation of the RiboPrinter Microbial Characterization System, 2004

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Recent Answers from Chris Bemis

2015-11-17 Bioassay/Biomonitoring Help:

There are many products and systems that can, with varying degrees of accuracy, identify microbial organisms.  Unfortunately, most of these products (as well as all the big systems that identify genetically

2015-10-24 Does dog urine leave bacteria in wooden balcony floor ?:

Dog urine is typically sterile unless the dog has a urinary tract infection.  As urine dries, the water content evaporates leaving all the remaining contents (uric acid, salts, proteins, hormones, metabolites)

2014-01-09 Can we get diseases from aliens?:

Great ideas Mika!  I do agree with you!  A truly alien pathogen would likely be so foreign as to be "unable" to harness our biology to its advantage.  There could be ill-effects caused by sensitivities

2012-10-16 pet urine odor and rash:

Odor itself cannot cause a rash.  Certainly if feces and urine themselves were exposed to skin in a high concentration a rash might develop.  But it would need to be in content contact with the skin (not

2012-09-03 Bacteria & Disinfectant:

You are correct, disinfectant brands cannot say that they kill 100% of all germs, as that would almost certainly be a lie.  It protects the company, but also keeps things realistic.  With all the antibiotic


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