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Benjamin J. Briggs, M.D., Ph.D.

Benjamin J. Briggs, M.D., Ph.D.

Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

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About Me

Dr. Benjamin Briggs primarily is interested in leveraging advanced molecular diagnostics in cases of difficult to diagnose infections. As such, he is interested in those infections which elude or challenge conventional diagnostics such as Coxiella, Bartonella, Non-tuberculous mycobacteria, and emerg...
Dr. Benjamin Briggs primarily is interested in leveraging advanced molecular diagnostics in cases of difficult to diagnose infections. As such, he is interested in those infections which elude or challenge conventional diagnostics such as Coxiella, Bartonella, Non-tuberculous mycobacteria, and emerging infections where diagnostic reagents are limiting.

In addition to a focus on diagnostics, Dr. Briggs have a keen interest in teaching. Infectious complications manifest in every medical specialty. Therefore, good foundational frameworks in infectious disease concepts allows medical students, residents, and fellows to better care for their patients regardless of specialty or subspecialty training.

Faculty Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor (Voluntary) - Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases (SMD)

Credentials

Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Fellow, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. 2016 - 2019

Residency, Resident, Rush University Medical Center. 2013 - 2016

Internship, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Rush University Medical Center. 2012 - 2013

Education

MD | State University of New York at Buffalo. 2012

PHD | State University of New York at Buffalo. Pathology, Medical Microbiology. 2012

Research

Dr. Briggs research focuses on the development and study of novel approaches to sequencing-based diagnostics (also known as clinical metagenomics). With a focus on both the molecular and computational aspects of this emerging testing modality, he works to provide rapid and clinically actionable resu...
Dr. Briggs research focuses on the development and study of novel approaches to sequencing-based diagnostics (also known as clinical metagenomics). With a focus on both the molecular and computational aspects of this emerging testing modality, he works to provide rapid and clinically actionable results with broad pathogen detection as well as genotypic results such as antimicrobial resistance predictions.

While the field of clinical metagenomics is in its infancy, the potential to improve clinical outcomes and epidemiological investigations is remarkable, making this work both exciting and important especially given recent epidemics and outbreaks where diagnostics are lacking.