In This Section

Microbiology Lab

Raghava Potula, PhD

PotulaRaghava Potula is the Medical Director of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Virology Laboratories, Temple University Hospital. He is Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Center of Substance Abuse Research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. His clinical research interests include use of molecular methodologies to develop more accurate, cost-effective, and timely laboratory tests; address specific infectious disease questions, such as the prevalence and epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance; and outcome studies aimed at measuring the clinical and financial impact of new diagnostic tests and algorithms. His extramurally funded basic research interest encompasses an interdisciplinary field of infectious disease, substance abuse and immune modulation.

The Temple University Hospital Clinical Microbiology and Immunology section is a full-service laboratory in bacteriology, virology, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and immunology. It provides services to patients at Temple University Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, TUH-Episcopal Campus, TUH-Jeanes Campus, and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. The laboratory is equipped with instrumentation for detection, isolation, and characterization of infectious agents, using rapid molecular assays where appropriate to optimize patient care.  Increasingly, we have been leveraging the speed and accuracy of mass spectrometry to enhance laboratory identification of bacteria, fungi, and mycobacteria.

Kaede Ota Sullivan, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP, FCCM, D (ABMM)

KaedeKaede is board-certified in general pediatrics, infectious diseases, and medical microbiology. She is Professor and Director of Faculty Affairs in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and microbiologist at Temple University Hospital—Main Campus. She received her Doctor of Medicine at McMaster University in Canada and holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Health Care Research from the University of Toronto. She has served on a number of national committees including the SHEA Diagnostic Stewardship Task Force, the HICPAC NHSN Surveillance Workgroup, and the College of American Pathologists’ Microbiology Committee.  Her research focuses on optimization of microbiology laboratory procedures that impact infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship initiatives. Teaching is her favorite part of being an academic microbiologist