Dr. Alexander Sundermann is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Division of Infectious Diseases, Center for Genomic Epidemiology. His work focuses on the research and application of whole genome sequencing surveillance for outbreak detection and investigation in healthcare settings. Dr. Sundermann’s research also utilizes the electronic health record data and machine learning to detect routes of transmission faster and more accurately within outbreaks. More recently, he and the Center for Genomic Epidemiology implemented a real-time whole genome sequencing surveillance program at their hospital which sequences potentially healthcare-associated bacterial infections every week to monitor for transmission, outbreaks, and direct interventions.
Dr. Sundermann previously worked as a Senior Infection Preventionist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he led investigations into multiple outbreaks and directed patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. He is a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and board certified in infection control by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology.