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MALDI-TOF and the laboratory: advantages and disadvantages

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Presented by Luis Plaza, BS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Matrix assisted laser desorption ionization - time of flight (MALDI-TOF) has made changes in the way we identify microorganisms in the Clinical Microbiology laboratory. Are you familiar with this method? In this session we’ll discuss MALDI-TOF and how this method has impacted the way we work in the laboratory.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this session, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Explain how MALDI-TOF works and how it’s used in the laboratory.
  2. Describe the positive impact this method has had on Clinical Microbiology.
  3. Discuss how this method has changed the workflow and the challenges and disadvantages this presents.
Instruction Level: Intermediate

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.


  • Luis Plaza, BS, MLS(ASCP)CM

    Luis Plaza is a Lead Medical Laboratory Scientist in Microbiology at a hospital system in Orlando, Florida. He is also the Microbiology Instructor for the Medical Laboratory Sciences program at the University of Central Florida. Having a desire to teach, learn, and share information, he created the “Let’s Talk Micro” podcast, where he talks about organisms, reactions, and brings guests relevant to the field.

October 5, 2023
Thu 7:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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