Dr. Raquel Martinez -Associate Director of Clinical MicrobiologyRaquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM)
System and Core Lab Director of Clinical Microbiology

100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822-1930
1 800 695 6491

Dr. Martinez is the System and Core Lab Director of Clinical Microbiology at GML


Dr. Martinez received her Master’s in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology at California State University, Northridge, California, and her her Ph.D. in Microbiology at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical microbiology at the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington.


Dr. Martinez is board-certified in medical microbiology..

Professional Affiliations:

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Research Interests:

Translational research in infectious disease diagnostics to support evidence-based interventions that focus on improving outcomes for bacteremia, sepsis, and drug resistant infections.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

Guitart J, Martinez-Escala ME, Subtil A, Duvic M, Pulitzer MP, Olsen EA, Kim E, Rook AH, Samimi SS, Wood GS, Girardi M, Junkins-Hopkins J, Ivan DS, Selim MA, Sable KA, Virmani P, Pincus LB, Tetzlaff MT, Kim J, Kim YH. Primary cutaneous aggressive epidermotropic cytotoxic T-cell lymphomas: reappraisal of a provisional entity in the 2016 WHO classification of cutaneous lymphomas. Mod Pathol. 2017; 30(5): 761-772,

Martinez RM. Genes in your tissue: probe identification and sequencing microbial targets from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue. Clin. Microbiol. Newslett. 2014; 36: 139-147,

Zuckerman R, Manji K, Matee M, Naburi H, Bisimba, J, Martinez R, Wieland-Alter W, Kim F, von Reyn CF, Palumbo P. HSV oropharyngeal shedding among HIV-infected children in Tanzania. Int J STD AIDS. 2014; Epub ahead of print: DOI: 10.1177/0956462414543122,

Martinez RM, Bauerle ER, Butler-Wu SM. Evaluation of Three Rapid Diagnostic Assays to Directly Identify Organisms from Positive Blood Cultures. J Clin Microbiol. 2014; 52: 2521-2529,

Martinez RM, Hulten KG, Bui U, Clarridge III JE. Molecular analysis of Lactobacillus spp. diversity in clinical specimens associated with disease. J Clin Microbiol. 2014; 52: 30-36,

Cunningham A. Martinez RM, Hernandez DR and Wolk DM. Microbial biorepositories in clinical microbiology. Clin Microbiol Newslett. 2014; 36: 41-48,

Other Publications:

Cooper JD, Dometita D, Hasan A, Dorion RP, Wolk DM, Martinez RM. "Orange" you glad you checked the buffy coat. Clinical Microbiology Newsletter 37(2), 9-13, 2015.

Abstracts, Posters, and Other Presentations:

Martinez RM, Kay HE, Scicchitano LM, Wolk DM. Implementation of non-batched respiratory virus assay significantly impacts patient outcomes in the ICU. Abstract Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, Daytona Beach, FL, May 19-22, 2016.

Martinez RM, Shoemaker B, Riley J, Wolk DM. The TeleGram© of the 21st Century: the Digital Gram Stain. Abstract Inaugural ASM Microbe Meeting, Boston, MA, June 16-20, 2016.

Martinez RM. Clinical Microbiology: Saving Lives and Solving Problems. Seminar Series California State University, Northridge Biology Department Spring Seminar Series, Northridge, CA, April 22, 2016.

Martinez RM. Reinventing the TeleGram©: Improving Patient Care Through Digital Technology. Presentation ASCLS-PA Annual Spring Meeting , Harrisburg, PA, April 13, 2016.

Hernandez Dr, Newton DW, Ledoboer NA, Buchan BW, Solenberger AC, Young C, Connoly J, Martinez RM, Wolk DM. Multi-center Evaluation of MRSASelect II Chromogenic Agar for Identification of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Wound and Nasal Sample. Abstract C568 American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 18-21, 2015.

Martinez RM, Scicchitano LM, Tomashefski FJ, Heiter BJ, Ney YA, Wolk, DM . Evaluation of the Focus Simplexa Group A Strep analyte-specific reagent (GAS-ASR) used with the Janus pipetting system for the detection of Group A streptococcus from throat swabs. Poster Abstract American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, LA, May 30 – June 2, 2015.

Martinez RM, Scicchitano LM, Tomashefski FJ, Wolk DM. Performance of two newly updated direct from sample methods for detection of influenza A/B and respiratory syncytial virus. Poster Abstract Clinical Virology Symposium (CVS), Daytona Beach, FL, April 26-29, 2015.

Martinez RM, Scicchitano LM, Tomashefski FJ, Wolk DM. Evaluation of the Cepheid Xpert Flu/RSV assay for the detection of influenza A/B and RSV. Poster Abstract Association for Molecular Pathology Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, November 13-15, 2014.

Martinez RM. The wonderful world of clinical microbiology. Presentation Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY , October 9, 2014.

Martinez RM. How to insure the best specimen is collected for optimal microbiology results. Presentation CE Presentation, Danville, PA, May 2014.

Hernandez DR, Deitrick-Beltz KA, Martinez RM, Wolk DM. Controlled clinical laboratory comparison of QuickFISH and FilmArray BCID panel for identification of microorganisms in new BacT/ALERT FA blood culture bottle. Poster Abstract American Society for Microbiology (ASM) General Meeting, Boston, MA, May 17-20, 2014.

Martinez RM, Scicchatano LM, Tomashefski FJ, Leberfinger MA, McElhinny AO Wolk DM . Real-time monitoring of respiratory illness during flu season using Altosoft. Poster Abstract Clinical Virology Symposium (CVS), Daytona Beach, FL, April 26 - 28, 2014.

Textbook Chapters

Whitfield NN, Martinez RM, Wolk DM. Clinical microbiology: looking ahead. In Manual of Commercial Methods in Clinical Microbiology. 2nd ed. Truant AL, eds. Washington DC: ASM Press; 2014: .

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