New and Developing Diagnostic Technologies for
Urinary Tract Infections

Published in Nature Reviews Urology
Author details
  • Michael Davenport is currently a resident in the Department of Urology at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, and a medical degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA. His current interests include reconstructive urology, bladder cancer, and targeted molecular therapy.

  • Kathleen Mach earned a doctorate in biochemistry from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA in 1999. She is currently a research scientist in the Department of Urology at the Stanford School of Medicine Stanford, California, USA. Her interest is focused on the development of rapid diagnostics for urinary tract diseases.

  • Linda. M. Dairiki Shortliffe is the Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor Emerita at Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA, and past Chair of Urology. Her training includes a bachelor of arts in History & Science at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; a medical degree from Stanford University; a urology residency at Stanford; and paediatric urology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was the Hewlett Fellow at the Radcliffe (Harvard) Institute for Advanced Study, featured in the National Library of Medicine exhibit, “Changing the Face of Medicine,” and awarded the 2016 Valentine Medal of the New York Academy of Medicine. She investigates prostatitis, urinary infections, effects of pregnancy and sex hormones on the genitourinary tract, and genitourinary imaging and physiology.

  • Niaz Banaei received his medical education from Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA, completed residency training in laboratory medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, California, USA, and a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at the New York University, New York, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine at Stanford University, Medical Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Stanford Medical Center and the Director of Stanford Pathology Fellowship in Clinical Microbiology. His research interests include the development, assessment, and improvement of novel infectious diseases diagnostics; enhancing the quality of Clostridium difficile diagnostic results; and characterization of Mycobacterium tuberculosis virulence determinants.

  • Tza-Huei Wang is a professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, in 1988 and 1994, respectively, and his doctorate from University of California, Los Angeles, USA, in 2002. His research focuses on the development of new technologies for molecular analysis and biomedical research. He has contributed to developments in single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy, microfluidics and nanobiosensors for genetic and epigenetic biomarker-based diagnostics of cancer and infectious disease. He has received the NSF CAREER Award (2006), CSR Jorge Heller Award (2007), ASGR Excellence in Research Award (2007), and the JALA Ten Award (2011).

  • Joseph C. Liao is currently Associate Professor of Urology at Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA and Chief of Urology at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System. He earned his bachelor of arts from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1993 and medical degree from Stanford in 1997. He completed his residency and fellowship training in urology at University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA, in 2006. Dr Liao is a surgeon-scientist who maintains an active clinical practice and research laboratory focusing on development of in vitro diagnostics and optical imaging for infectious diseases and cancer. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and served as the principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health and Veterans Affairs research awards.