Education and Professional Standing
Fellow (Canadian College of Microbiologists), 2009
Diplomate (American Board of Medical Microbiology), 2008
CPEP Fellow in Medical Microbiology, University of Rochester, 2007
PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario, 2005
BSc (Honors), Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario, 2000
Research and Clinical Focus
Dr. Dale’s current research interest involves developing molecular assays to be used routinely inclinical microbiology laboratories. Considerations for assay development include providing a sensitive and specific identification method for pathogen detection, filling a clinical diagnostic need and integrating the test methodology into the workflow of the laboratory.
Dr. Dale’s other research interests include developing quality management systems and improving efficiency and workflowwithin the microbiology laboratory. She is also working towards elucidatng clinically relevant mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria, including detection and confirmation of extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), carbapenemases and vancomycin heteroresistance in Staphylococcus aureus.
Dr. Dale currently teaches in many education programs at McMaster, at the Undergraduate, Graduate (Masters and PhD) and Post-Graduate (Medicine) levels.
At the Undergraduate level, Dr. Dale teaches in a fourth year Microbiology course and mentors Health Sciences thesis students. She also teaches in many Pathology and Molecular Medicine Graduate courses. Dr. Dale is involved in didactic teaching of Residency Half-day programs for the Medical Microbiology/ Infectious Diseases and General Pathology Post-Graduate Programs. She is the Faculty coordinator of weekly plate rounds for the Medical Microbiology program.