Anne J Blaschke, MD, PhD
Disclosures: I have intellectual property through the University of Utah in BioFire Diagnostics and receive royalties through the University of Utah-BioFire Diagnostics

I am a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah, and the Director of the Molecular Microbiology Laboratory. I hold the Edward B. Clark II Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. My research focuses on using molecular techniques and new technologies to improve the diagnosis and management of infectious disease and to understand the pathogen-based epidemiology of infection, particularly complicated pneumonia with parapneumonic effusion. I worked in collaboration with University of Utah-founded BioFire Diagnostics to develop the FilmArray®, a high-order multiplex diagnostic system used for the syndromic diagnosis of infectious disease. In addition to test development, I have studied the impact of novel diagnostic testing on clinical care. My most recent work involves the use of next generation sequencing technology to investigate virulence factors in invasive bacterial pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus that lead to severe infection. In addition to my clinical and research endeavors, I am the Program Director for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Utah and mentor trainees and junior faculty aspiring to careers in academic medicine.