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Julius Schachter, PhD

Research and Clinical Interests

The major foci of studies in Dr. Schachter’s laboratory are the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of chlamydial infections. In the United States, these studies stress sexually transmitted diseases, with a lesser interest in respiratory infections. In developing countries, trachoma is the major focus, with some interest in the other two. In addition, the laboratory is evaluating diagnostic methods for chlamydial infections.

Selected Publications

  • Schachter J, Chow JM, Howard H, et al. Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis by nucleic acid amplification testing: our evaluation suggests that CDC-recommended approaches for confirmatory testing are ill-advised. J Clin Micro. 2006; 44(7): 2512-7.
  • Chernesky MA, Hook EW 3rd, Martin DH, et al. Women find it easy and prefer to collect their own vaginal swabs to diagnose Chlamydia trachomatis or Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections. Sex Transm Dis. 2005; 32: 729-33.
  • Schachter J, Chernesky MA, Willis DE, et al. Vaginal swabs are the specimens of choice when screening for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae: results from a multicenter evaluation of the APTIMA assays for both infections. Sex Transm Dis. 2005; 32: 725-8.
  • Spaargaren J, Schachter J, Moncada J, et al. Slow epidemic of lymphogranuloma venereum L2b strain. Emerg Infect Dis. 2005; 11: 1787-8.
  • Schachter J, Hook III EW, Martin DH, et al. Confirming positive results of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for Chlamydia trachomatis: all NAATs are not created equal. J Clin Microbiol. 2005; 43: 1372-3.
  • Professor of Laboratory Medicine
  • Laboratory Medicine

Contact Information

  • Box 0842, #3416
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