Natalie Whitfield

Research Interests

Dr. Whitfield's research focus is framed around her position as Assistant Director of the Infectious Disease Research Core (IDRC), which designs, develops, validates, implements, and performs evidence-based assessments of new laboratory methods with the goal of diagnosing, treating and preventing infectious diseases and public health threats. Nationally recognized Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) are utilized for all aspects of IDRC research and technology development because IDRC research focuses on FDA application processes and implementation in clinical laboratories across the globe. Specific emphasis is placed on the pathogenesis and detection of hospital acquired infections, bacteremia, and sepsis, as well host-pathogen interactions for these infections.