Deanna L Kiska, PhD

Deanna L Kiska, PhD
Appointed 07/10/95
3810 Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
315 464-5440

Current Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Pathology
  • Assistant Director of Microbiology
  • Assistant Director of Virology

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Pathology: Clinical Pathology, Microbiology, Virology

Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: University of North Carolina Hospitals - Chapel Hill, 1995, Clinical Microbiology
  • PhD: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993, Microbiology
  • BS: Grove City College, Grove City, PA, 1987, Biology

Clinical Interests

  • Antibiotic resistance mechanisms, microbial sequence identification

Specialties & Certification

  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology
  • Parasitology
  • Bacteriology


  • Adults


  • Laboratory Services


  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)


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Research Abstract

Book chapters and reviews

Appleman, M. D., D. L. Kiska, and P. H. Gilligan. 2006. Cystic Fibrosis Microbiology.  Cumitech 43. ASM Press, Washington, DC. 

Kiska, D. L. and P. H. Gilligan. 2003. Pseudomonas. In P. R. Murray, E. J. Baron, J. H. Jorgensen, M. A. Pfaller, and R. H. Yolken (ed.) Manual of Clinical Microbiology 8th ed.  ASM Press, Washington, D.C. 

Kiska, D.L. 2000. Global climate change: an infectious disease perspective. Clin.    Microbiol. Newslett. 22: 81-86. 

Kiska, D. L. 1998. In vitro testing of antimicrobial agents. Sem. Ped. Infect. Dis. 9:1-12. 

Kiska, D. L. and P. H. Gilligan. 1998. Pseudomonas. In P. R. Murray, E. J. Baron, M. A. Pfaller, F. C. Tenover, and R. H. Yolken (ed.) Manual of Clinical Microbiology 7th ed. ASM Press, Washington, D.C. 

Kiska, D.L. 1997. Staphylococcal and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Clin. Microbiol. Newslett. 19:33-37. 

Kiska, D.L. and P.H. Gilligan. 1993. Clostridium difficile‑associated disease. Tech Sample #MB‑6. American Society for Clinical Pathology. Chicago, IL.

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