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Let's Talk Micro

Clinical Microbiology explained in simple terms, suitable for students and microbiologists alike. Hosted by Luis Plaza, a Medical Laboratory Scientist, he also talks about his experiences as a clinical microbiologist.

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Recent Episodes of Let's Talk Micro


141: AR Isolate Bank

141: AR Isolate Bank

As a microbiologist, you might have worked on a project or validation that involved organisms from the AR Isolate Bank. You might have asked where they came from and you were told that they were obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What is the Antimicrobial Resistance Isolate Bank (AR Bank)? What organisms are part of this bank? What are they used for? In this episode Luis is joined by two guests from the CDC to answer these questions and more.

Links to the AR Isolate Bank website and more:

AR Isolate...

Episode 141 16 May 2024 37m and 25s


140: Talking AMR: Tetracyclines

140: Talking AMR: Tetracyclines

The next episode of the AMR series is here! Luis and Andrea are joined by Dr. Brandon Hill to talk about the Tetracyclines. What is the mechanism of action of this antimicrobial group? What drugs are part of it? Is there any intrinsic resistance? Tune in for another great episode where we "break down" antimicrobials.

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Episode 140 9 May 2024 51m and 19s


139: Bacillus: morphology and media

139: Bacillus: morphology and media

Originally released as episode 76, in this episode Luis continues going over Bacillus. Now that we know its groups and what diseases they are implicated on, it's time to talk about media and morphology. What do the colonies look like? What is MYP agar? PEMBA? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 139 2 May 2024 25m and 33s


138: Bacillus species

138: Bacillus species

Originally released as episode 75, in this episode Luis talks about Bacillus and related genera. What are the species that are part of this genus? Which species cause food poisoning? What about endophthalmitis? What are spores? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 138 25 April 2024 25m and 35s


137: Corynebacterium diphtheriae: media and more

137: Corynebacterium diphtheriae: media and more

In this episode Luis continues going over Corynebacterium. In the last episode he mentioned some media that is used to isolate Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Have you heard of cystine tellurite agar? How about Tinsdale agar? What type of testing is there for the diphtheria toxin?What test systems can identify C. diphtheriae? Tune in to learn more about this organism and how this media works.

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Episode 137 18 April 2024 24m and 41s


136: Corynebacterium

136: Corynebacterium

Back to the gram-positive rods! This week Luis goes back to gram-positive rods: Corynebacterium this time. The episode starts with an overview: gram stain, biochemicals, morphology, and species. What do you know about Corynebacterium diphtheriae? Does it always cause diphtheria? What is a pseudomembrane? Tune in and download this episode to learn about this genus that has some species commonly seen in the laboratory.

Questions? Feedback? Send those to letstalkmicro@outlook.com

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Episode 136 11 April 2024 25m and 41s


135: Talking ID Stewardship, learning antibiotics, and more

135: Talking ID Stewardship, learning antibiotics, and more

What is antimicrobial stewardship ? What is a hospital antibiogram? In this episode Dr. Timothy Gauthier joins the podcast and talks to Luis about antimicrobial stewardship. Dr. Gauthier is a pharmacist and creator of the IDstewardship.com and Learnantibiotics.com websites. He is also the author of a book titled Learn Antibiotics. Luis asks him about what antibiotics are used to treat certain organisms. Don't miss this great episode.

Timothy Gauthier's information:

X: @IDstwerdship

Websites:

IDstewardship.com

Learnantibiotics.com

Book available on Amazon: https://a.co/d/9ikuZ10<...

Episode 135 4 April 2024 55m and 40s


134: Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

134: Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

What is the Doctor in Public Health (DrPH) degree? What kind of work does it prepare you to do? What concentrations does this degree has? In this episode Luis talks to Dr. Jill Roberts, an associate professor at the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Roberts is the director of the DrPH with a concentration in Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice degree program at USF. What are the prerequisites for this degree? What are the career options? Are you able to pursue this degree if you have a background in Clinical Laboratory ? Tune in to find...

Episode 134 28 March 2024 29m and 34s


133: Teaching Microbiology in High School

133: Teaching Microbiology in High School

Microbiology in high school ? Must people take biology in high school, but microbiology is not typically an option. Those of you that are microbiology lovers, would you have taken it had there been an option? Well, check out this episode where Meredith Townsend, a high school teacher joins the podcast to talk to Luis about teaching microbiology to her students. She talks about the curriculum, grading, how does it help the students, and more.

Want to reach out to Meredith Townsend? See below:

mertownsend34@gmail.com --- contact me and we can get you in...

Episode 133 21 March 2024 56m and 13s


132: Listeria: media and more

132: Listeria: media and more

In this episode Luis continues going over Listeria: testing and media. First he goes over two test systems that can detect Listeria in blood, and then he goes over media. Have you heard of Oxford or Palcalm agar? How about chromogenic agar for Listeria? Tune in to continue learning about this critical organism.

Questions? Feedback? Email those to letstalkmicro@outlook.com

Episode 132 14 March 2024 24m and 26s

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