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Peter Gilligan, PhD

Pathology & Lab Medicine
1035 UNC Hospital
CB #7600


Peter H Gilligan PhD is Professor of Microbiology-Immunology and Pathology-Laboratory Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.and the Director of the Clinical Microbiology-Immunology Laboratories at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. He is a member of the Center for Infectious Diseases at UNC where he collaborates with investigators on various research projects at the UNC Center, Lilongwe, Malawi. His primary research interest is the detection and molecular epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases. For the past 20 years, he has led the CPEP-approved post-doctoral training program in Medical and Public Health Microbiology. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Microbiology and the Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. In 2001, he received from the Academy, the Sonnenwirth-bioMerieux Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology. He currently serves as an editor for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and as a member of the ICAAC program committee. He recently co-authored the Cumitech on cystic fibrosis microbiology as well as publishing over 125 articles, books, and book chapters. He has given over 275 invited lectures regionally, nationally and internationally.


Schmidt ML, Gilligan PH (2009). Clostridium difficile testing algorithms: what is practical and feasible? Anaerobe. 15(6):270-3.

Goodrich JS, Sutton-Shields TN, Kerr A, Wedd JP, Miller MB, Gilligan PH (2009). Prevalence of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in patients with cystic fibrosis. J Clin Microbiol. 47(4):1231-3.

Gilligan PH (2008). Is a two-step glutamate dehyrogenase antigen-cytotoxicity neutralization assay algorithm superior to the premier toxin A and B enzyme immunoassay for laboratory detection of Clostridium difficile? J Clin Microbiol. 46(4):1523-5.

Gilligan PH (2006). Is there value in susceptibility testing of Pseudomonas aeruginosa causing chronic infection in patients with cystic fibrosis? Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 4(5):711-5.

Knowles, M.R., P.H. Gilligan, and R.C. Boucher 2005. Cystic fibrosis. in G.L. Mandell, J.E. Bennett, and R. Dolin, (ed). Principles and Practices of Infectious Diseases 6th edit. Elsiever Churchill-Livingstone New York p 869-874

Complete list of publications


Associate Editor, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, effective July 1, 2007
Diplomate, American Board of Medical Microbiology
Fellow, AmericanAcademy of Microbiology
NACMID Lifetime Achievement Award
Sonnenwirth-bioMerieux Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology
Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award
Philip Blatt Award for Teaching Excellence in Clinical Pathology
Section editor for the 6th and 7th edition of Manual of Clinical Microbiology
Editorial Boards, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Guest reviewer for 22 microbiology, infectious disease, and medical journals
Chair, Presidential Task Force on Clinical Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology
Chair, Dade MicroScan Young Investigator Award Selection
Committee-American Academy of Microbiology
Member, Public and Scientific Affairs Board, American Society for Microbiology, Biodefense Laboratory Protocol Working Group
Member, Committee on Post-doctoral Education Programs, AmericanCollege of Microbiology
Member, ICAAC Planning Committee
Member, UNCSchool Medicine MD-Ph.D. Advisory Committee
Member, Admissions Committee, University of North CarolinaSchool of Medicine


Director, Clinical Microbiology-Immunology Laboratories and Phlebotomy Services UNC Hospitals
Director, Post-doctoral training program in Medical and Public Health Microbiology UNC Hospitals