- Diagnosis of respiratory infections
- Diagnosis of bloodstream infections
- Development of technologies to accelerate the detection of infectious agents so that to enable clinicians to make early evidence-based treatment decisions
- Applying non-culture based methods for the detection of bacteria, fungi, and viruses (e.g., point-of-care testing, real-time PCR, LATE-PCR, surface acoustic wave biosensors)
- Identification of markers of pathogenicity, virulence (e.g, antibiotic and antiviral resistance markers) and clinical prognosis
- Development of highly sensitive and specific diagnostic tests that applicable for emergency, disaster, and low-resource settings
Richard Louie received a bachelor degree in the Biological Sciences with emphasis in Physiology (1998) and a Doctor of Philosophy (2007) from the University of California Davis. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship (2010) at the UC Davis-LLNL Point-of-Care (POC) Technologies Center. He first joined the Point-of-Care Testing Center for Teaching and Research in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis in 1998 as a Hugh Edmondson Research Fellow where he performed clinical research to characterize the performance of POC tests in the critically ill patient population. In 2002 his research was redirected to near-patient testing technologies for the rapid diagnosis of bloodstream infections. He conducted a clinical trial on a multiplex real-time PCR test for detection of bacteria and fungal pathogens in whole blood. The goal was to characterize the performance of the assay and to describe the potential utility of the molecular-based test on treatment and outcome. He then completed his postdoctoral training with the UC Davis-LLNL POC Technologies Center, an NIBIB/NIH-funded Center and where he continues his research at the Center on the development of robust technologies for rapid detection of infectious diseases.
Currently, Richard Louie serves as Assistant Adjunct Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, Associate Director of the Point-of-Care Testing Center for Teaching and Research, and as Research Fellow at the UC Davis-LLNL POC Technologies Center.>/p>
Richard Louie is an associate member of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists.