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Susan J. Wong, Ph.D.

  • Susan J. Wong

    Susan J. Wong, Ph.D.

    • Director of the Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory
    • Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Biomedical Sciences

    • Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, Canada
    • Postdoctoral training: University of Liverpool, U.K.
    • Postdoctoral training, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Research Interests

The focus of my laboratory is the diagnostic serology of human infections. We test for evidence of infection by bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Zoonoses, infections of animals communicable to man, are a focus of research emphasis. Recently recognized arthropod-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, the ehrlichioses, and West Nile Virus infection are being studied as collaborative efforts with scientists at the Wadsworth Center, and at other institutions in the USA and Canada. Geographic variation occurs in several of the pathogens, and we are researching which antigens or combinations of antigens make the best diagnostic reagents. We are currently establishing multiplex serodiagnostic assays using a flow cytometric platform, the Luminex analyzer.

Select Publications

Rudd RJ, Appler KA, Wong SJ.
Presence of cross-reactions with other viral encephalitides in the indirect fluorescent-antibody test for diagnosis of rabies.
Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
Nguyen NL, Zhao G, Hull R, Shelly MA, Wong SJ, Wu G, St George K, Wang D, Menegus MA.
Cache valley virus in a patient diagnosed with aseptic meningitis.
Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
Cheng K, Coller KE, Marohnic CC, Pfeiffer ZA, Fino JR, Elsing RR, Bergsma J, Marcinkus MA, Kar AK, Gumbs OH, Otis KS, Fishpaugh J, Schultz PW, Pope MR, Narvaez AR, Wong SJ, Madison-Antenucci S, Leary TP, Dawson GJ.
Performance Evaluation of a Prototype Architect Antibody Assay for Babesia microti.
J Clin Microbiol.
El Khoury MY, Camargo JF, White JL, Backenson BP, Dupuis II AP, Escuyer KL, Kramer L, St. George K, Chatterjee D, Prusinski M, Wormser GP, Wong SJ.
Potential Role of Deer Tick Virus in Powassan Encephalitis Cases in Lyme Disease-Endemic Areas of New York, USA.
Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Porwancher RB, Hagerty CG, Fan JQ, Landsberg L, Johnson BJB, Kopnitsky M, Steere AC, Kulas K, Wong SJ.
Multiplex Immunoassay for Lyme Disease Using VlsE1-IgG and pepC10-IgM Antibodies: Improving Test Performance through Bioinformatics.
Clinical & Vaccine Immunology: CVI.
Lawson S, Lunney J, Zuckermann F, Osorio F, Nelson E, Welbon C, Clement T, Fang Y, Wong S, Kulas K, Christopher-Hennings J.
Development of an 8-Plex Luminex Assay to Detect Swine Cytokines for Vaccine Development: Assessment of Immunity After Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Vaccination.
Hinten SR, Beckett GA, Gensheimer KF, Pritchard E, Courtney TM, Sears SD, Woytowicz JM, Preston DG, Smith RP, Rand PW, Lacombe EH, Holman MS, Lubelczyk CB, Kelso PT, Beelan AP, Stobierski MG, Sotir MJ, Wong SJ, Ebel G, Kosoy O, Piesman J, Campbell GL, Marfin AA.
Increased Recognition of Powassan Encephalitis in the United States, 1999-2005.
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.