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  • Professor

    Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    Max Rady College of Medicine
    University of Manitoba
    Room 543 Basic Medical Sciences Building
    745 Bannatyne Avenue
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0J9

    Department of Clinical Microbiology
    St. Boniface Hospital
    L4025-10, 409 Taché Avenue
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2H 2A6

    Phone: 204-237-2105

Cross appointments

Does not hold any cross appointments.

Research achievements

Research themes

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Clinical microbiology methods


James Karlowsky is the provincial medical director, Clinical Microbiology for Diagnostic Services/Shared Health Manitoba.

He is volume editor for the thirteenth edition of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) textbook, Manual of Clinical Microbiology, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the ASM journals, Clinical Microbiology Reviews and Journal of Clinical Microbiology, as well as on the editorial board of the journal Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Karlowsky served as the director of the University of Manitoba’s nationally-accredited Clinical Microbiology Fellowship Training Program for 10 years, from 2007 to 2016.

His background also includes scientific director and director of laboratory services positions with a large U.S. national reference clinical microbiology laboratory.

Dr. Karlowsky is actively involved in research as part of the Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Alliance (CARA) group, which is led by Dr. George Zhanel.

Dr. Karlowsky has published >300 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and has presented >500 abstracts at national and international scientific conferences.


  • Postdoctoral fellowship, medical microbiology, University of Iowa (2005)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, pharmacy, University of Manitoba (1998)
  • PhD (medical microbiology), University of Manitoba (1996)
  • B.Sc. (pharmacy), University of Manitoba (1991)


  • Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology [F(AAM)] (2015)
  • Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America [F(IDSA)] (2007)
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada-Health Research Foundation/Medical Research Council of Canada (PMAC-HRF/MRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-1998)
  • Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC) Studentship (1991-1996)

Contact us

Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room 543 - 745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada