McMaster University

McMaster University

Suzanne Dale


Assistant Professor
Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division: Clinical Pathology
Clinical Microbiologist

St. Joseph's Healthcare
St. Luke's Wing, L205-3
905-522-1155 ext. 33970
Fax: 905-521-6034

Suzanne Dale

Faculty Biography

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.  

Academic Interests

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.  

Selected Publications

  • Dale SE, Mayer C, Mayer MC, Menegus MA. 2008. The Clinical and Analytical Sensitivity of the 3M Rapid Detection. Influenza A&B Assay. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 46: 3804-3807.
  • Speziali CD, Dale SE, Heinrichs DE. 2006. Requirement of Staphylococcus aureus ATP-binding cassette-ATPase FhuC for iron-restricted growth and evidence that it functions with more than one iron transporter. Journal of Bacteriology. 188: 2048-2055.
  • Dale SE, Sebulsky MT, Heinrichs DE. 2004. Involvement of SirABC in iron-siderophore import in Staphylococcus aureus. Journal of Bacteriology. 186: 8356-62.
  • Dale SE, Doherty-Kirby A, Lajoie G, Heinrichs DE. 2004. Role of siderophore biosynthesis in virulence of Staphylococcus aureus: Identification and characterization of genes involved in production of a siderophore. Infectionand Immunity. 72: 29-37.
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