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Ella M. Swierkosz, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of Pathology


Wayne State University School of Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center


Diplomate, American Board of Medical Microbiology

Research Interests

Evaluation of real-time PCR assays for infectious diseases, diagnostic virology, pediatric microbiology, and antiviral susceptibility testing


PubMed Listing

Rajakumar, A., E.M. Swierkosz and I.T. Schulze. 1990. Sequence of an influenza virus hemagglutinin determined directly from a clinical sample. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 87:4154-4158.

Barton L.L. and E.M. Swierkosz. 1992. A reconsideration of the epidemiology of respiratory virus infections. Pediatric Rev. Commun. 6:243-245.

Belshe R.B., E.M. Swierkosz, E.L. Anderson, F. Newman, S. Nugent, J. Maassab. 1992. Immunization of infants and young children with live attenuated trivalent cold-recombinant influenza A H1N1, H3N2, and B vaccine. J. Infect. Dis. 165:727-32.

Rajakumar A., M. Inkster, I.D. Manger, E.M. Swierkosz, and I.T. Schulze. 1992. The use of the polymerase chain reaction in influenza virus detection and characterization. pp. 260-271. In Becker, V., and G. Durai (ed.), Frontiers of Virology. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg.

Naqvi, S.H., E.M. Swierkosz, J. Gerard and J.R. Mills. 1993. Presentation of Yersinia enterocolitica enteritis in children. Pediatr. Infect. Dis. J. 12:386-389.

Swierkosz, E.M., F. Newman, E. Anderson, S. Nugent, and R.B. Belshe. 1994. Multi-dose, live attenuated, cold recombinant trivalent influenza vaccine in infants and young children. J. Infect. Dis. 169:1121-1124.

Swierkosz, E.M., D. Erdman, T. Bonnot, C. Schneiderheinze, and J. Waner. 1995. Isolation of a naturally occurring variant of parainfluenza 3 virus. J. Clin. Microbiol., 33:1839-1841.

Ohlehmeyer, C.L., L.L. Hornberger, D.A. Lynch, and E.M. Swierkosz. 1998. Diagnosis of Trichomonas vaginalis in adolescent females: INPOUCH TV culture versus wet mount microscopy. J Adolescent Health 22: 205-208.

Echevarria, J.E., D.D. Erdman, E.M. Swierkosz, B.P. Holloway, and L. J. Anderson. 1998. Simultaneous detection and identification of human parainfluenza viruses 1,2,3 from clinical samples by multiplex PCR. J. Clin. Microbiol. 36: 1388-1391.

Ginocchio, C.C., E. Swierkosz, A.J. McAdam, M. Marcon, G. Storch, A. Valsamakis, S. Juretschko, J. Romero, and B. Yen-Lieberman. 2010. Multi-center study of clinical performance of the 3M Rapid Detection RSV Test. 48: 2337-2343.

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
President, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, 2006-2008

Professional Organizations and Associations

American Society for Microbiology
Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
Pediatric Infectious Diseases