Carey-Ann D. Burnham, PhD, a professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Award for Research and Leadership in Clinical Microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology. The award recognizes an outstanding scientist and clinical microbiologist with distinguished research achievements and a record of innovation who has advanced the profession of clinical microbiology.
Also a professor of medicine, of molecular microbiology and of pediatrics, Burnham’s research focuses on antimicrobial resistance. She is particularly interested in how multidrug-resistant organisms arise and spread, especially within hospitals, and in developing novel diagnostic methods for detecting drug-resistant strains of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile.
Burnham is the medical director of clinical microbiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, as well as the program director for the university’s postdoctoral fellowship training program in medical and public health microbiology, and the vice chair of faculty mentoring and advancement in the Department of Pathology & Immunology. Currently, she is part of the leadership team developing diagnostic and antibody tests for COVID-19.