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Lori A. Bourassa, PhD, MPH, D(ABMM)

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Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Clinical Microbiology Division
Department of Laboratory Medicine, UWMC
Deputy Director, Medical and Public Health Microbiology Fellowship

Contact Information

University of Washington
Department of Laboratory Medicine, NW120
Box 357110
1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195‐7110
Phone: 206.598.6743
Fax: 206.598.6189

Personal Biography

Dr. Bourassa joined the Department of Laboratory Medicine as an Assistant Director of Clinical Microbiology in 2017. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. After obtaining her PhD at Tufts University School of Medicine and her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Bourassa worked as an epidemiologist in the Bureau of Infectious Disease at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She then completed postdoctoral fellowship training in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at the University of Washington.

Education and Training

  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA: BS Biology
  • Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA: PhD Molecular Microbiology
  • Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA: MPH Quantitative Methods
  • University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Seattle, WA: Clinical Microbiology Fellowship

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American Board of Medical Microbiology, 2016

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Rapid diagnostics
  • Laboratory automation

Selected Publications

  1. Bourassa L, Doppalapudi A, and Butler-Wu SM. Closing the Brief Case: Pneumonia Caused by Talaromyces marneffei. J Clin Microbiol 2019, 57:. 31028231
  2. Stohs E, Chow VA, Liu C, Bourassa L, Miles-Jay A, Knight J, Sweet A, Storer BE, Mielcarek M, and Pergam SA. Limited Utility of Outpatient Surveillance Blood Cultures in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Recipients on High-Dose Steroids for Treatment of Acute Graft-versus-Host-Disease. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2019, 25:1247-1252. 30711778
  3. Cybulski RJ Jr, Bateman AC, Bourassa L, Bryan A, Beail B, Matsumoto J, Cookson BT, and Fang FC. Clinical Impact of a Multiplex Gastrointestinal Polymerase Chain Reaction Panel in Patients With Acute Gastroenteritis. Clin Infect Dis 2018, 67:1688-1696. 29697761
  4. Rakita RM, O'Brien KD, and Bourassa L. Diaporthe soft tissue infection in a heart transplant patient. Transpl Infect Dis 2017, 19:. 28207190
  5. Bourassa L. The NanoDisk-MS Assay: A New Frontier in Biomarker-Based Tuberculosis Diagnostics? Clin Chem 2018, 64:763-765. 29483104
  6. Bourassa L and Clarridge JE 3rd. Clinical Significance and Characterization of Streptococcus tigurinus Isolates in an Adult Population. J Clin Microbiol 2015, 53:3574-9. 26354809

Book Chapters

  1. Bourassa L and Butler-Wu SM. MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry for Microorganism Identification. Methods in Microbiology, Current and Emerging Technologies for the Diagnosis of Microbial Infections 2015, edited by Andrew Sails, Yi-Wei Tang.

Honors and Awards

  • Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award, 2017

Last updated: 10/17/2019

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