Peter C. Iwen, Ph.D.

Department Affiliations
Biosafety Officer, UNMC / UNO
Clinical Microbiology Project Coordinator, The Nebraska Medical Center
Director, Nebraska Public Health Laboratory 
Member, Infection Control Committee / UNMC Institutional Biosafety Committee / UNMC Safety Leadership Committee
Biocontainment Unit Safety Advisory Committee

As the Responsible Official for the campus Select Agent Program, I provide expertise to other research groups that utilize select agents (biothreat agents) in their research. My main role in these activities include oversight on the acquisition, storage, and monitoring of the select agent inventory and the preparation of materials needed as requested for use in specific research activities.

Diagnostic Microbiology, Medical Mycology
Dr. Iwen's research lab

Education and Training
B.S., Bacteriology, North Dakota State University, 1976
M.S., Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1982
Ph.D., Infectious Diseases, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2001
D (ABMM), Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology

Teaching Activities
Medical Students: Core two PBL facilitator, Lectures on medical mycology, Co-coordinator of microbiology laboratories
Pharm D Students: Lectures on chlamydia, streptococci, and medical mycology
Pathology Residents: Microbiology representative on the Resident's Educational Committee
Microbiology Fellows: Co-director, ASM-Committee on Postgraduate Education Programs (CPEP)-accredited training

National Activities
Committee Member, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Infectious Diseases
Editorial board, Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Editorial board, Applied Biosafety
Reviewer, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Reviewer, Clinical Infectious Diseases
Reviewer, Medical Mycology

Notable Publications

Koepsell, SA, SH Hinrichs, and PC Iwen.  2012.  Applying a real-time PCR assay for Histoplasma capsulatum to clinically relevant formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded human tissue.  J. Clin. Microbiol.  50:3395-3397, Cited in PubMed:  PMID-22855519.

Iwen, PC, SD Schutte, DF Florescu, RK Noel-Hurst, and L. Sigler.  2012.  Invasive Scopulariopsis brevicaulis infection in an immunocompromised patient and review of prior cases caused by Scopulariopsis and Microascus species.  Med. Mycol.  50:561-569, Cited in PubMed:  PMID-22524638.

Iwen, PC, C. Mindru, AC Kalil, and DF Florescu.  2012.  Pediococcus acidilactici endocarditis successfully treated with daptomycin.  J. Clin. Microbiol.  50:1106-1108, Cited in PubMed:  PMID-22205795.

Sigler, LS, DA Sutton, CF Gibas, RC Summerbell, RK Noel and PC Iwen. 2010. Phialosimplex, a new anamorphic genus associated with infections in dogs and having phylogenetic affinity to the Trichocomaceae. Med. Mycol. 48:335-345, Cited in PubMed: PMID-20141373.

Abdalhamid, B, SH Hinrichs, JL Garrett, JM O’Neill, KM Hansen-Cain, AA Armbrust, and PC Iwen. 2010. Utilization of the QuantiFERON-TB Gold test in a 2-step process with the tuberculin skin test to evaluate healthcare workers for latent tuberculosis. J. Clin. Microbiol. 48:2955-6, Cited in PubMed: PMID-20573876.

Napier, JE, SH Hinrichs, F Lampen, PC Iwen, RS Wickert, JL Garrett, TA Aden, E Restis, TG Curro, LG Simmons, and DL Armstrong. 2009. An outbreak of avian mycobacteriosis caused by Mycobacterium intracellulare in little blue penguins (Eudyptula minor). J Zoo Wildlife Med. 40:680-686, Cited in PubMed:  PMID-20063814.

Bills, N, SH Hinrichs, TA Aden, RS Wickert, and PC Iwen. 2009. Molecular identification of Mycobacterium chimerae as a cause of infection in a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Diag Microbiol Infect Dis. 63:292-295, Cited in PubMed: PMID-19216940.

Florescu, DF, L Hill, D Sudan, and PC Iwen. 2008. Leuconostoc bacteremia in pediatric patients with short bowel syndrome: case series and review. Ped. Infect. Dis. J.27: 1013-1019, Cited in PubMed: PMID-18833028

van Schooneveld, T, A Freifeld, B Lesiak, A Kalil, DA Sutton, and PC Iwen. 2008. Paecilomyces lilacinus infection in a liver transplant patient: case report and review of the literature. Transpl. Infect. Dis. 10: 117-22, Cited in PubMed: PMID-17605741.

.For a detailed list of publications, click here.

Peter C. Iwen, Ph.D.
Peter C. Iwen, Ph.D.
Email Address

Mailing Address
985900 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5900

Office Address
DRC2 8028

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