Ana Maria Cardenas, PhD, D(ABMM)

Ana Maria Cardenas, PhD, D(ABMM)

Ana Maria Cardenas, PhD, D(ABMM), is Director of the Infectious Disease Diagnostics Laboratory at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training


CPEP Fellowship in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

American Board of Medical Microbiology, Medical and Public Health Microbiology

Undergraduate Degree

BS in Microbiology - Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

Graduate Degree

PhD in Biomedical Sciences - Baylor Collect of Medicine, Houston, TX

Titles and Academic Titles

Director, Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services



Selected Publications


S. Montgomery, K. Roman, L. Ngyuen, A.M. Cardenas, J. Knox, E.H. Graf. Prospective evaluation of light scatter technology paired with MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry for rapid diagnosis of urinary tract infections. J Clin Microbiol. 2017 Jun;55(6):1802-1811. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00027-17. Epub 2017 Mar 29.


Danielle Fortuna, Ana María Cárdenas, Erin H. Graf, Larry A. Harshyne, D. Craig Hooper, John Shields, and Mark T. Curtis. Human parechovirus and enterovirus initiate distinct CNS innate immune responses: pathogenic and diagnostic implications. J Clin Virol. 2017 Jan;86:39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2016.11.007. Epub 2016 Nov 23.

Graf EH, Farquharson MV, Cárdenas AM. Comparative evaluation of the FilmArray meningitis/encephalitis molecular panel in a pediatric population. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2017 Jan;87(1):92-94. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2016.09.022. Epub 2016 Oct 1.



Yeh-Chung Chang, Justine Shults, Ana Maria Cardenas, Charles Branas, Kristen Feemster. Impact of a Clinical Pathway and Rapid Direct Influenza Polymerase Chain Reaction Test Introduction on Appropriate Testing and Treatment Among Nonhospitalized Children With Influenza-Like Illness. DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofw172.109 (ID week), 2016.

Rana F. Hamdy, Ella Magun, Shikha Saxena, Ana Maria Cardenas, Brian T. Fisher. Bloodstream Infections in Children Following Solid Organ Transplantation. DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofw172.1851 (ID week), 2016

Posters and Presentations


Han M, Roberts A, Migliore B, Cardenas AM, Weiss SL. Cytomegalovirus Reactivation Viremia in Pediatric Sepsis. Society of Critical Care Medicine 47th annual meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2018


Erlinda Ulloa, Erin Graf, Ana Maria Cardenas, Michael Silverman, Eimear Kitt. Malaria Trojan Horse: A case of mixed-species malaria infection. Poster presentation at European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases Annual Meeting, 2017

B. Allen, C. Burlingame, E. Ware, E. Ornstein, M. Elkan, K. Chiotos, M. Dunn, A.M. Cárdenas. Implementation of A Value-Based Approach To Respiratory Viral Testing. 33rd Clinical Virology Symposium, Savannah, GA, 2017


D Fortuna, AM Cardenas, EH Graf, A Roberts, L. Harshyne, DC Hooper and MT Curtis. Quantification of CSF chemokines and cytokines allows for rapid laboratory detection of CNS infections and further discrimination between viral and non-viral pathogens. 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, Philadelphia, PA, 2016

Awards and Honors

2013, ID Fellows Grand Program, 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC)
2013, Mario Escobar Award, 29th Annual Clinical Virology Symposium from the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
2011, Kelly K. Woodward Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scientific Scholarship, Research and Leadership, Baylor College of Medicine

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in professional organizations

2012-present, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
2009-present, International Society for Infectious Diseases
2007-present, American Society of Microbiology