Joel E. Mortensen, PhD

Director, Diagnostic Infectious Diseases Testing Laboratory (Microbiology and Virology)

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-5310

Fax 513-636-8850



Application of rapid testing methods into the clinical microbiology laboratory and outpatient settings; LEAN manufacturing processes applied to clinical microbiology.


Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of fastidious pediatric pathogens.

Dr. Mortensen is a career academic clinical microbiologist in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Cincinnati Children's since 1991. Beyond providing consultation to the medical staff in clinical microbiology, his clinical interests include the application of rapid testing methods into the clinical microbiology laboratory and outpatient settings and LEAN manufacturing processes applied to clinical microbiology. His collaborations with faculty and fellows have resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, case studies and text chapters.

BS: Mount Union College, Alliance, OH, 1979.

PhD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1983.

Residency: Accredited Postdoctoral Residence Program in Medical and Public Health Microbiology; Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Medical School, Pathology, Houston, TX, 1983-85.

Certification: Certified Laboratory Consultant, American Medical Technologists, 1998.

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Motley WW, Melson AT, Mortensen JE. Pediatric Metarhizium anisopliae keratitis. J AAPOS. 2011 Feb 10.

Major TA, Panmanee W, Mortensen JE, Gray LD, Hoglen N, Hassett DJ. Sodium nitrite-mediated killing of the major cystic fibrosis pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, and Burkholderia cepacia under anaerobic planktonic and biofilm conditions. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2010 Nov;54(11):4671-7.

Chhabra MS, Motley WW 3rd, Mortensen JE. Eikenella corrodens as a causative agent for neonatal conjunctivitis. J AAPOS. 2008 Oct;12(5):524-5.

Huppert JS, Mortensen JE, Reed JL, Kahn JA, Rich KD, Hobbs MM. Mycoplasma genitalium detected by transcription-mediated amplification is associated with Chlamydia trachomatis in adolescent women. Sex Transm Dis. 2008 Mar;35(3):250-4.

Huppert JS, Mortensen JE, Reed JL, Kahn JA, Rich KD, Miller WC, Hobbs MM. Rapid antigen testing compares favorably with transcription-mediated amplification assay for the detection of Trichomonas vaginalis in young women. Clin Infect Dis. 2007 Jul 15;45(2):194-8.

Huppert JS, Biro F, Lan D, Mortensen JE, Reed J, Slap GB. Urinary symptoms in adolescent females: STI or UTI? J Adolesc Health. 2007 May;40(5):418-24.

Iyer SB, Gerber MA, Pomerantz WJ, Mortensen JE, Ruddy RM. Effect of point-of-care influenza testing on management of febrile children. Acad Emerg Med. 2006 Dec;13(12):1259-68.

Huppert JS, Gerber MA, Deitch HR, Mortensen JE, Staat MA, Adams Hillard PJ. Vulvar ulcers in young females: a manifestation of aphthosis. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2006 Jun;19(3):195-204.

Mortensen JE, Gerrety MJ, Gray LD. Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria meningitidis from patients in the Cincinnati Tri-State region (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana). J Clin Microbiol. 2006 Apr;44(4):1592-3.

Yoon SS, Coakley R, Lau GW, Lymar SV, Gaston B, Karabulut AC, Hennigan RF, Hwang SH, Buettner G, Schurr MJ, Mortensen JE, Burns JL, Speert D, Boucher RC, Hassett DJ. Anaerobic killing of mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa by acidified nitrite derivatives under cystic fibrosis airway conditions. J Clin Invest. 2006 Feb;116(2):436-46.