Novel Approaches to ID Testing Using NGS-Based Metagenomics

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 11 a.m.–Noon MT

Metagenomics, the genomic analysis of a population of microbes, enables the profiling of microbial communities in the environment and the human body at unprecedented depth and breadth. Its application in the diagnosis of infectious disease is enabling the rapid and accurate detection of thousands of pathogens in patient samples without the need for clinicians to suspect the likely cause and order the right test. This lecture discusses approaches, promises, and challenges for the use of metagenomics-based testing in the diagnosis and management of infectious syndromes.

Learning Objectives
  1. Describe concepts of pathogen detection by metagenomic sequencing
  2. Summarize how metagenomics can be applied to infectious disease testing
  3. Identify strengths and limitations of metagenomic testing from a clinical perspective

Robert Schlaberg, MD, Dr Med, MPH Robert Schlaberg, MD, Dr Med, MPH
Medical Director, Microbial Amplified Detection, Virology, and Fecal Chemistry Laboratories
Assistant Medical Director, Virology and Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratories
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Schlaberg is an assistant professor of clinical pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his MD and doctor medicinæ degrees at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Wuerzburg, Germany and his master of public health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City, where he also served as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Schlaberg trained in clinical pathology at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he was the chief clinical pathology resident. He is certified in clinical pathology and medical microbiology by the American Board of Pathology. His research focuses on the use of next-generation sequencing for unbiased pathogen detection and host response-based diagnostics.

Available Continuing Education Credits for this Webinar


  • P.A.C.E.® Credit (1)

The program has been approved for one (1) contact hour through ARUP, which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ASCLS) P.A.C.E.® Program.

  • CEU for Florida (1)

This event is also approved for one (1) CEU of Florida credit and meets the requirements for the Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology category.

Register Link: 
https://aruplab.webex.com/aruplab/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7e9543282022d3099d7a36895873a8f8
Redeem Link: 
http://www.arup.utah.edu/education/content/creditRedeem/title.php?course=schlaberg-ngsMeta-2018
Handout Link: 
https://www.aruplab.com/Education/resources/training_pdfs/IDbyDNA_handout.pdf