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Allan L. Truant, PhD

Allan L. Truant, PhD


Director, Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Virology Laboratories

Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (tenured)

Professor, Medicine

Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Telephone:  215-707-3210

Fax:  215-707-3389

Email: truantal@tuhs.temple.edu


Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Department of Medicine

Department of Microbiology and Immunology


Educational Background:


BS (Microbiology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1968-1971


Tulane University School of Medicine                              

New Orleans, LA        

Graduate student, Microbiology and Immunology, 1972-1973 


University of Oregon HSC                        

Portland, OR

Graduate student, teaching assistant,

School of Medicine and Nursing, 1973-1977


University of Oregon HSC

Portland, OR

PhD, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 1977


Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Health and Medical Laboratory Microbiology and Immunology, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA, 1977-1979

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Research Interests:


Current research includes the laboratory evaluation of new antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents, the evaluation of new diagnostic tests and technologies in the areas of clinical microbiology, immunology and virology, the evaluation of blood culture instruments and technologies, and the description and reporting of case presentations and reviews of new and interesting organisms and infectious diseases. 


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board certification(s):


  • Diplomate, Clinical Laboratory Director (specialty) Clinical Microbiology and Immunology (subspecialty), Certified as High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).  Also certified in Hematology and Chemistry.
  • American Board of Bioanalysis, Certificate Number D5317, 1983
  • Additional certification as a Clinical Consultant (CC) through the American Board of Bioanalysis, 2012


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selected publications:


Editor-in-Chief, Commercial Methods in Clinical Microbiology, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ.  Anticipated publication, 2013.


A.L. Truant, J. Conaron, and J. Moghaddas.  2001.  Effect of Pre-stain Viability on the Acid-Fast Staining Characteristics of Mycobacterium species.  Diagnost. Microbiol. Infec. Dis. 39:121-123.


Samuel, R., B. Lorber, S. Gelone, R. Gulati, A.L. Truant, and B. Suh.  2001.  Relative efficacy of two Amphotericin B-lipid formulations in a renal transplant recipient with disseminated Aspergillosis.  J. Korean-American Med. Assoc.  7:39-42.


Igoe, M.J., A.L. Truant, and S.A. Mechanic.  2002.  Clostridium-perfringens-induced massive intravascular hemolysis complicating the course of colonic carcinoma.  Clin. Microbiol. Newslett.  24:69-70.


Samuel, R., P. Axelrod, K. St. John, T. Fekete, S. Alexander, J. McCarthy, A.L. Truant, B. Todd, S. Furukawa, H. Eisen, and W. Spotnitz.  2002.  An outbreak of mediastinitis among heart transplant recipients apparently related to a change in the United Network for Organ Sharing Guidelines. Infec. Control and Hosp. Epidemiol. 23:377-381.


Del Vecchio, M.T., S.C. Aronoff, and A.L. Truant.  2003.  Invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae disease in a vaccinated child. Clin. Microbiol. Newslett.  25:102-103


Samuel, R., A.L. Truant, and B. Suh.  2005.  Infections in Hemopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients, Cumulative Techniques and Procedures in Clinical Microbiology, 42:1-47, (A. Truant, Coordinating Editor).  American Society for Microbiology Press, Cumitech 42, Washington, D.C.


Samuel, R., A.L. Truant, and B. Suh.  2006.  Prosthetic valve endocarditis due to

Candida glabrata: case report.  Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice.  14:399-400.


Bettiker, R.L., P.I. Axelrod, T. Fekete, K. St. John, A.L. Truant, S. Toney and M.A. Yakrus.  2006.  Delayed Recognition of a Pseudo-Outbreak of Mycobacterium terrae. American Journal of Infection Control.  34:343-347.


Alangaden, G.J., P. Chandrasekar, R. Samuel, R.L. Bettiker, A.L. Truant, D. Jungkind, and B. Suh.  2008.  Cumitech 45, Infections in Solid-Organ Transplant Recipients.  Coordinating ed. A.L. Truant.  ASM Press.  Washington, D.C.


Solomon, D.H., J. Wobb, B.A. Buttaro, A.L. Truant, and A. Soliman.  2009.  Characterization of Bacterial Biofilms on Tracheostomy Tubes.  Laryngoscope.  June 5, 2009 (e pub ahead of print).  Also, August 119(8), 1633-1638.


Draganova-Tacheva, R., S. Domsky, V. Paralkar, A.L. Truant, and M. Hurford.  2009.  Bacillary Angiomatosis as an Initial Presentation in an HIV-positive man.  2009.  Clin. Microbiol. Newslett.  31:150-152.


Samuel, R., A.L. Truant, and B. Suh.  2010.  Infections in Hemopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients, Part I.  Clinical Microbiology Newsletter. 32:135-141.


Samuel, R., A.L. Truant, and B. Suh.  2010.  Infections in Hemopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients, Part I.  Clinical Microbiology Newsletter. 32:143-148.


Breslow, J.M., J.J. Meissler, R.R. Hartzell, P.B. Spence, A.L. Truant, J. Gaughan, and T.K. Eisenstein.  2011.  Innate Immune Responses to Systemic Acinetobacter baumanni Infection in Mice: Neutrophils, but not IL-17, Mediate Host Resistance.  Infection and Immunity.  79:3317-3327.


Baang, J., P. Axelrod, B. Decker, R. Bonomo, A. Hujer, G. Dash, A.L. Truant, T. Fekete.  2012.  Longitudinal Epidemiology of Multidrug Resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter Investigation after an Outbreak in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) in a Tertiary-Care Hospital, Ameri. J. Infec. Control.  40(20):134-137.  (E-Pub ahead of print, August 2011).


Tenover, F.C., I.A. Tickler, R.V. Goering, B.N. Kreiswirth, J.R. Mediavilla, D.H. Persing for the MRSA Consortium (A.L. Truant, member).  2012.  Characterization of Nares and Blood Culture Isolates of Methicillin – resistant Staphylococcus aureus from patients in United States Hospitals.  Antimicrob. Agents Chemother.. (on-line ahead of print 12 Dec. 2011. 10:1128. 05804-11) print version 68(3):1324-1330, 2012.


Clauss, H.E., R.L. Bettiker, R. Samuel, A.L. Truant, D. Jungkind, and B. Suh.  2012.  Infections in Heart and Lung Transplant Recipients.  Clinical Microbiology Newsletter. 34:19-25.


Perkins, T.A., J. Fowler, B.A. Buttaro, A.L. Truant, 2012.  Bacterial adherence to barbed monofilament suture in a contaminated wound model.  Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research.  (In Press).


Clauss, H.E., R. Samuel, G.J. Alangaden, P. Chandrasekar, A.L. Truant, D. Jungkind and B. Suh.  2012.  Infections in Liver, Kidney, Pancreas and Intestinal Transplant recipients.  Clin. Microbiol. Newsl.  (In Press).

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

22717776. Luo JJ, Truant AL, Kong Q, Zou WQ, Sporadic fatal insomnia with clinical, laboratory, and genetic findings. J Clin Neurosci 19:8(1188-92)2012 Aug

21811152. Fowler JR, Truant AL, Sewards JM, The incidence of and clinical approach to positive allograft cultures in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Clin J Sport Med 21:5(402-4)2011 Sep

16926415. Feng P, Truant AL, Meissler JJ Jr, Gaughan JP, Adler MW, Eisenstein TK, Morphine withdrawal lowers host defense to enteric bacteria: spontaneous sepsis and increased sensitivity to oral Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium infection. Infect Immun 74:9(5221-6)2006 Sep

15728934. Levin TP, Suh B, Axelrod P, Truant AL, Fekete T, Potential clindamycin resistance in clindamycin-susceptible, erythromycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: report of a clinical failure. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 49:3(1222-4)2005 Mar

15365048. Levin TP, Baty DE, Fekete T, Truant AL, Suh B, Cladophialophora bantiana brain abscess in a solid-organ transplant recipient: case report and review of the literature. J Clin Microbiol 42:9(4374-8)2004 Sep

11864300. Truant AL, Gulati R, Giger O, Satishchandran V, Caya JG, Methylobacterium bacteremia in AIDS. Clin Microbiol Infect 4:2(112-113)1998 Feb

11248525. Truant AL, Conaron J, Moghaddas J, Effect of pre-stain viability on the acid-fast staining characteristics of Mycobacterium species. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 39:2(121-3)2001 Feb

10668585. Moghaddas J, Truant AL, Jordan C, Buckley HR, Evaluation of the RapID Yeast Plus System for the identification of yeast. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 35:4(271-3)1999 Dec

10093957. Caya JG, Truant AL, Clostridial bacteremia in the non-infant pediatric population: a report of two cases and review of the literature. Pediatr Infect Dis J 18:3(291-8)1999 Mar

9990468. Han XY, Truant AL, The detection of positive blood cultures by the AccuMed ESP-384 system: the clinical significance of three-day testing. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 33:1(1-6)1999 Jan

9207365. Hilburger ME, Adler MW, Truant AL, Meissler JJ Jr, Satishchandran V, Rogers TJ, Eisenstein TK, Morphine induces sepsis in mice. J Infect Dis 176:1(183-8)1997 Jul

7628190. Suh B, Shapiro T, Jones R, Satishchandran V, Truant AL, In vitro activity of beta-lactamase inhibitors against clinical isolates of Acinetobacter species. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 21:2(111-4)1995 Feb

8425383. Truant AL, Satishchandran V, Comparison of Streptex versus PathoDx for group D typing of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 16:1(89-91)1993 Jan

1289356. Wadsworth SJ, Kim KH, Satishchandran V, Axelrod P, Truant AL, Suh B, Development of new antibiotic resistance in methicillin-resistant but not methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus. J Antimicrob Chemother 30:6(821-6)1992 Dec

1873968. Evans MR, Truant AL, Kostman J, Locke L, The detection of positive blood cultures by the BACTEC NR660. The clinical importance of four-day versus seven-day testing. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 14:2(107-10)1991 Mar-Apr

2407023. Seidmon EJ, Krisch EB, Truant AL, Amy BG, Childs SJ, Hurst AT, McCabe RE, Treatment of recurrent urinary tract infection with norfloxacin versus trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Urology 35:2(187-93)1990 Feb

2551872. Carley NH, Wadsworth SJ, Starr E, Truant AL, Suh B, In-vitro susceptibility of Campylobacter pylori to quinolones. J Antimicrob Chemother 24:2(266-8)1989 Aug

2676327. Truant AL, Starr E, Nevel CA, Tsolakis M, Fiss EF, Comparison of AMS-Vitek, MicroScan, and Autobac Series II for the identification of gram-negative bacilli. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 12:3(211-5)1989 May-Jun

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