Dr. Carroll's research interests include diagnostic test evaluation and development for the detection of microbial pathogens in clinical specimens. Projects have included implementation of MALDI-TOF MS for microbial identification, evaluation of molecular strain typing techniques for epidemiological analysis; development of molecular and non-molecular assays for rapid identification and susceptibility testing of MRSA; and evaluation of methods for Clostridium difficile detection. In addition, her research recently has focused on evaluation and implementation of syndromic panel tests for bacteremia and fungemia detection. More recently Dr. Carroll has collaborated with researchers on novel rapid microfluidics platforms for detection of a variety of pathogens. She has participated in programs to foster appropriate test utilization and diagnostic stewardship.
Riedel S, Neoh KM, Eisinger SW, Dam LM, Tekle T, Carroll KC. 2014. Comparison of commercial antimicrobial susceptibility test methods for testing of Staphylococcus aureus and enterococci against vancomycin, daptomycin, and linezolid. J Clin Microbiol 52:2216-22.
Suwantarat N, Carroll KC, Tekle T, Ross T, Maragakis LL, Cosgrove, Milstone AM. 2014. High prevalence of reduced chlorhexidine susceptibility in organisms causing central line-associated bloodstream infections. Infect Control Hosp. Epidemiol. 35:1183-86.
Salimnia H, Fairfax M, Lephart P, Morgan M, Gilbreath J, Butler-Wu S, Templeton K, Hamilton F, Wu F, Buckner R, Fuller D, Davis T, Abdelhamed A, Jacobs M, Miller A, Pfrommer B, and Carroll KC. 2014. An International, Prospective, Multi-Center Evaluation of the Combination of the AdvanDx Staphylococcus QuickFISH BC with the mecA XpressFISH for the Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus from Positive Blood Culture. J Clin Microbiol 52:3928.
Suwantarat N, Roberts A, R Prestridge A, Seeley R, Speser S, Harmon C, Zhang C, Henciak S, Stamper PD, Ross T, Carroll KC. 2014. Comparison of five chromogenic media for the recovery of vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) from fecal samples. J Clin Microbiol 52:4039-42.
Farley JE, Hayat MJ, Sacamano PL, Howard T, Carroll K. 2015. Prevalence and Risk Factors for MRSA in an HIV-positive Cohort. Amer J Infect Control 43:329-35.
Francis JS, Doherty MC, Lopatin U, Johnston CP, Sinha G, Ross T, Cai M, Hansel NN, Perl T, Ticehurst JR, Carroll K, Thomas DL, Nuermberger E, Bartlett JG. "Severe community-onset pneumonia in healthy adults caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carrying the Panton-Valentine leukocidin genes." Clin Infect Dis. 2005 Jan 1;40(1):100-7. Epub 2004 Dec 7.
Flayhart D, Lema C, Borek A, Carroll KC. "Comparison of the BBL CHROMagar Staph aureus agar medium to conventional media for detection of Staphylococcus aureus in respiratory samples." J Clin Microbiol. 2004 Aug;42(8):3566-9.
Shutt CK, Samore M, Carroll KC. "Comparison of the Denka Seiken slide agglutination method to the quellung test for serogrouping of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates." J Clin Microbiol. 2004 Mar;42(3):1274-6.
Cloud JL, Conville PS, Croft A, Harmsen D, Witebsky FG, Carroll KC. "Evaluation of partial 16S ribosomal DNA sequencing for identification of nocardia species by using the MicroSeq 500 system with an expanded database." J Clin Microbiol. 2004 Feb;42(2):578-84.
Carroll KC, Adamson K, Korgenski K, Croft A, Hankemeier R, Daly J, Park CH. "Comparison of a commercial reversed passive latex agglutination assay to an enzyme immunoassay for the detection of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli." Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2003 Nov;22(11):689-92. Epub 2003 Oct 23.
Cloud JL, Hymas WC, Turlak A, Croft A, Reischl U, Daly JA, Carroll KC. "Description of a multiplex Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis LightCycler PCR assay with inhibition control." Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2003 Jul;46(3):189-95.
Cloud JL, Neal H, Rosenberry R, Turenne CY, Jama M, Hillyard DR, Carroll KC. "Identification of Mycobacterium spp. by using a commercial 16S ribosomal DNA sequencing kit and additional sequencing libraries." J Clin Microbiol. 2002 Feb;40(2):400-6.