Robin Patel is the Elizabeth P. and Robert E. Allen Professor of Individualized Medicine and the director of the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, co-director of the Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory, vice chair of education in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and former chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, at the Mayo Clinic.
Since the beginning of her tenure at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Patel has focused her research on multiple critical components of bacteriological infections in clinical settings. Her work primarily focuses on three major areas: (1) improvement of next-generation diagnostics techniques, (2) understanding the inherent biology of periprosthetic biofilm formation, and (3) understanding antibiotic resistance within the clinic. She has published over 500 peer-reviewed publication and is well supported by the National Institutes of Health. Since the start of the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, Dr. Patel has used her expertise in diagnostics to be a prominent voice in scientific communication with the public.
To say Dr. Patel’s pedigree is impressive would be an understatement. She received her BA in Chemistry from Princeton University, where she graduated magna cum laude with nomination to Sigma Xi. From there, she obtained her MD from McGill. Afterwards, Dr. Patel completed her internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic before completing fellowships in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease where she secured awards from both the Mayo Clinic and the American Society for Microbiology. Since then, she has been significantly involved in setting the standards for diagnostic and clinical care of bacterial infections in the United States, as evidenced by the positions she has held or holds within the American Society for Microbiology (President), American Board of Pathology (Microbiology Test Writing Committee Member), Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Voting Member), National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Council Member), National Board of Medical Examiners (Microbiology/Immunology Test Material Development Committee Member and Chair), Journal of Clinical Microbiology (Associate Editor), and Clinical Infectious Diseases (Associate Editor).
In addition, Dr. Patel’s continued commitment to mentorship can be translated into a long list of students from around the world; she had dedicated hours of teaching to train the next generation of scientists and MDs.