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Department and Faculty

Elitza Theel, Ph.D., a faculty member in the Division of Clinical Microbiology at Mayo Clinic.

The seven full-time doctoral-level clinical microbiology staff members are board certified and have many years of experience in the fields of diagnostic microbiology and infectious diseases. They are also engaged in applied research to create new diagnostic clinical laboratory tests to identify or monitor disease, disease processes, or treatments of disease. They are directly involved in your training throughout the Clinical Microbiology Fellowship.

The Division of Clinical Microbiology performs approximately 2.7 million laboratory tests each year for Mayo Clinic Laboratories and Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville, Florida; Rochester, Minnesota; and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.

From the program directors

Bobbi Pritt, M.D., (left) is the director of the M.D. fellowship and Elli Theel, Ph.D., (right) is the director of the Ph.D. fellowship.We would like to thank you for your interest in the Clinical Microbiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic! We are proud to offer an outstanding educational experience throughout the seven clinical microbiology laboratories at Mayo Clinic. Our curriculum integrates didactic sessions and hands-on training at the bench, alongside self-directed learning and research time, all designed to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge you will need to become a leader in the field of medical microbiology.

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.
Clinical Microbiology M.D. Postgraduate Fellowship Program Director

Elitza Theel, Ph.D.
Clinical Microbiology Ph.D. Postgraduate Fellowship Program Director

Faculty

Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D.

Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D.

Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Medical school: University of Iowa, Iowa City

Fellowship: Clinical Microbiology, Mayo Clinic

Robin Patel, M.D.

Robin Patel, M.D.

Professor of Medicine and Microbiology

Medical school: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Residency: Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Fellowship: Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clininic; Clinical Microbiology, Mayo Clinic

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Professor of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology

Residency: University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, Vermont

Fellowship: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine – Fellow, Clinical Microbiology

Audrey Schuetz, M.D.

Audrey Schuetz, M.D.

Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Medical school: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia (M.D.); Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia (M.P.H)

Fellowship: Medical Microbiology Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine

Elitza Theel, Ph.D.

Elitza Theel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Medical school: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Fellowship: Clinical Microbiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

 

Nancy Wengenack, Ph.D.

Nancy Wengenack, Ph.D.

Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Microbiology

Graduate school: Mayo Graduate School, Rochester, Minnesota

Fellowship: Mayo Graduate School, Rochester, Minnesota

Joseph Yao, M.D.

Joseph Yao, M.D.

Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Medicine

Medical school: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Residency: Internal Medicine Residency, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota; Medical Microbiology Residency, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Fellowship: Infectious Disease Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts