Sarah W Satola, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine


Dr. Satola received her Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from Emory University in 1992. Working under Dr. Charles P. Moran, Jr., she studied the regulation of developmentally controlled promoters in the bacterium, Bacillus subtilis and was the recipient of an NIH training award in Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology. She completed her postdoctoral training at Emory University under Dr. Monica M. Farley studying virulence mechanism of Haemophilus influenzae and the role of pili in mucosal attachment and pathogenesis. From 1998-2002. Dr. Satola was Staff Scientist, Research Service at the Atlanta VA Medical Center where she continued her research on the molecular pathogenesis of Haemophilus influenza.

Dr. Satola is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at Emory University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Director of the Georgia Emerging Infections Program Laboratory.

The laboratory of the Georgia Emerging Infections program focuses on molecular epidemiology of invasive bacterial pathogens of public health importance such as Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Current research includes:

1) Molecular epidemiology of colonization and invasive MRSA

2) Evaluating methods for detection of heteroresistant vancomycin intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (hVISA) and characterization of MRSA infections with reduced levels of vancomycin susceptibility

3) Defining the spectrum of genetic variant that cause reduced to non-susceptibility to vancomycin in S. aureus

4) Development of a genetic assay for vancomycin intermediate S. aureus (VISA)

5) Long term impact of PCV7 and PCV13 on Pneumococcal colonization in children

6) Molecular characteristics community-onset MRSA among children