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William Thode Ocular Microbiology Laboratory

Anne Bates Leach Eye Center Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

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Investigator / Contact Person Darlene Miller, DHSc, MPH, CIC, FARVO
Darlene Miller, D.H.Sc., M.P.H., C.I.C.

Darlene Miller, D.H.Sc., M.P.H., C.I.C.

Research Professor of Ophthalmology

Biography: Dr. Miller has a broad and interdisciplinary background with specialist training in medical microbiology, epidemiology, public health, infection prevention and laboratory diagnostics. Undergraduate degree in Medical Technology and master’s degrees in Microbiology and Public Health were completed at the University of Miami. The Doctor of Health Sciences degree was awarded...
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Alexander Alfonso

Alexander Alfonso, B.A.

Research Associate I

Cornell University: Biological Science B.A.

Alexander received his BA in Biological Sciences from Cornell University. He has previously worked on research projects examining toxin profiles of alpha-hemolytic streptococci, diversity of clinical factors associated with adult inclusion conjunctivitis, and staphylococcal capsular type among distinct ocular surface niches. He joined the University of Miami in 2022.

Jorge Maestree

Jorge Maestre-Mesa, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Scientist

Havana University School of Medicine
Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute
: Molecular Biology Ph.D.

Doctor Maestre is a molecular biology expert and is instrumental in molecular studies on ocular microbiomes and individual microbes. He has more than 15 years working for Bascom Palmer Eye Institute introducing molecular diagnostic tools for infectious diseases that affect the vision, and molecular characterizations of ocular pathogens.

Maribel Hernandez

Maribel Hernandez, B.S., M.T.

Medical Technologist II


Beatriz Munoz

Beatriz Munoz Lorenzo, M.D., M.T. (AAB)

Medical Technologist II