Research Projects with Fellows, Residents and Medical Students


1. Lyme Disease in Hispanics in Long Island, New York: A New Health Disparity in the U.S. (ID fellow Dr. Teresa Khoo, IDWeek 2017, Travel Award)
2. Barriers to Successful Linkage to Care Among HCV Positive Individuals Presenting to a Major Tertiary Medical Center on Long Island, New York. (Resident Dr. Audun Lier, IDWeek 2017)
3. Clinical Features of PCR Confirmed Human Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis in an Endemic Area of the Northeast U.S. (Resident Dr. Fleischner, IDWeek 2017)
4. Investigation of Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of Co-infection with Multiple Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobactereciae in Hospitalized Patients (Dr. Fries’ Lab, Dr. Holowka, IDWeek 2017)
5. Screening for Lyme Disease with C6 Peptide at a Veterans Hospital in Long Island, NY (ID Fellow, Dr. Robert Chow, IDWeek 2017, Travel Award).
6. Mapping the efficacy of routine mass drug administration for soil-transmitted helminth infection with tailored educational intervention in remote Madagascar. (MS Emilie Redwood, Stony Brook University School of Medicine; IDSA Foundation Announces Medical Scholarship 2017).
7. Evaluating a Deep Neutral Network Smartphone App for Point-of-Care Diagnosis of Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases [MS Ariel Yang, MS Nahid Bakhtari; David E. Rogers Student Fellowship Award 2018 (NYAM), the Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship 2018 (ASTMH), the Medical Scholars Program 2018 (IDSA), and International Research Fellowship 2018 (SBU). Mentor: Luis A. Marcos].
8.  A Screening Program for Hepatitis C among Baby Boomers in the Northeast United States reveals an Alarmingly High Prevalence of HCV among People who Inject Drugs (Resident Dr. Kerim Odekon).
9. Seroprevalence of Chagas Disease among Latin Americans Living in Suffolk County, NY (ID Fellow Dr. Eric Sin, Grant from Healthy Americas Foundation)
10. Key Clinical and Laboratory Features in Early Diagnosis of Ehrlichiosis in an Endemic Area of Long Island, NY (ID Fellow, Dr. Olga Kaplun, IDWeek 2018, Travel Award)
11. The Role of Antimicrobial Stewardship Program on Appropriate Use, Dose and Duration of Vancomycin Treatment ((ID Fellow, Dr. Olga Kaplun, IDWeek 2018, Travel Award)
12. Tick Borne Associated Thrombocytopenia Among United States Veterans in Long Island New York (ID Fellow, Dr. Olga Kaplun, IDWeek 2018, Travel Award)
13. Serratia marcescens Strains Carrying blaKPC-2 and blaKPC-3 Carbapenemase Associated With Chronic Mechanical Ventilation (ID Fellow, Dr. Mathew Fisher, IDWeek 2018, Travel Award).
14. Microfluidics as a New Tool to Assess Lifespan and Age-related Traits of Cryptococcus neoformans (Erika Orner, ASM 2017, Travel Award from Medical Mycology Society of the Americas/Immuno-Mycologics)




The current research projects are being conducted in three centers around the world: Madagascar, Peru and at Stony Brook, NY. The participants of these research projects include medical students, internal medicine residents, infectious diseases fellows and faculty from both the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook.

  1. Understanding the cultural and epidemiological factors that perpetuate cysticercosis in Ifanadiana, Madagascar (Medical Students: Paul Castle, Koeun Choi, Jaydon Kiernan, and Hakami Lee)
  2. Epidemiology of Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis in Ifanadiana, Madagascar (Medical Students: Paul Castle, Koeun Choi, Jaydon Kiernan, and Hakami Lee)
  3. Clostridium difficile infection recurrence rate in patients treated with fidaxomicin in a single center over 4 years (ID fellow Dr. Robert Chow, IDWeek 2016, Travel Award)
  4. Clinical Presentation of Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis in Hispanics (ID Fellow Dr. Yasin Abul, IDWeek 2016, Travel Award)
  5. Clinical Outcomes of Patients with Pneumonia Treated with Nebulized Tobramycin (ID fellow Dr. Robert Chow, IDWeek 2016, Travel Award)
  6. A Ten-year review of urinary tract infections in patients with indwelling nephrostomy tubes (ID fellow Dr. Bennadette Maramara, IDWeek 2016, Travel Award)
  7. Epidemiology of Neurocysticercosis at Stony Brook University Hospital, Long Island, NY (IM Resident, Dr. Amy Spallone, IDWeek 2016)
  8. Spontaneous sedimentation in tube technique is as sensitive as Kato-Katz for the diagnosis of soil-transmitted helminths and superior for the detection of Strongyloides stercoralis: a community-based study in the Amazon basin of Peru (mentee in Peru: Dr. George Vasquez, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru; abstract accepted at ASTMH 2016)
  9. High prevalence rates of soil-transmitted helminths in children who receive massive drug administration in a remote amazonian community in Peru (mentee in Peru: Dr. Renato Errea, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru. ASTMH 2016 Annual Meeting Travel Award)
  10. Improving Screening for Hepatitis C in Suffolk County Utilizing the Electronic Medical Record (QI project. ID fellow Dr. Teresa Khoo)
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