Gregory J. Berry, PhD, D(ABMM)

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Dr. Berry is board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed a fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Berry is currently an Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology in the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Co-Director of the Clinical Microbiology Service, and Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine (CALM) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He has also held previous appointments as an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and Director of the Division of Infectious Disease Diagnostics at Northwell Health. 

Dr. Berry specializes in the application of infectious disease testing for the clinical diagnosis of disease and patient management. His research interests include the optimization of current methodologies and the development of new technologies for patient-centered clinical testing. 

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Co-Director, Clinical Microbiology Service, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Co-Director, Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine (CALM), Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Scientific Co-Director, Biobank Resource for Investigating Disease, Genes, and Environment (BRIDGE), Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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Credentials & Experience

Committees, Societies, Councils

  • 2023-2026, Division C Councilor, American Society of Microbiology (Represents Clinical Microbiology and Public Health on ASM’s Committee on Microbial Sciences)
  • 2022-2025, Member, Subcommittee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP), American Society of Microbiology (Oversees accreditation of ASM sanctioned Clinical Microbiology Fellowship Program)
  • 2021-2022, Authorship Committee Member, AACC Academy guidance document on respiratory virus testing
  • 2021-2023 (2consecutive terms), President, New York City Branch of the American Society of Microbiology
  • 2021-2022, American Society of Microbiology National Branch Representative- NYC ASM Branch
  • 2020-2021, President-elect, New York City Branch of the American Society of Microbiology
  • 2020-present, Digital Outreach Committee, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
  • 2019-present, Fundraising Committee, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
  • 2018-2020, American Society of Microbiology National Branch Representative Alternate-NYC ASM Branch 
  • 2018-2019, Council Member, New York City Branch of the American Society of Microbiology
  • 2018-present, Fundraising Committee, New York City Branch of the American Society of Microbiology

Honors & Awards

  • Dr. Joseph G. Fink Laboratory Medicine Faculty Teaching Award, CUMC Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, 2023
  • Robert L. Harrison Award, Best Poster, UTMB Dept. of Pathology Trainee Research Day, 2015
  • Dean's Award for Scholarly Achievement, Penn State College of Medicine, 2015
  • AAI Young Investigator Award, Upstate New York Immunology Conference, 2013
  • Sigma Xi Award, Sigma Xi Research Society of ESU, 2007
  • Presidential Status, ESU Society for Leadership and Success, 2007
  • China Study Abroad Scholarship, Office of the Provost, 2006
  • Honors Program Scholarship, ESU Honors Program, 2006

Board Certifications

American Board of Medical Microbiology


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Gordy D., Swayne T., Berry GJ, Thomas TA, Hudson KE, Stone EF. Characterization of a Novel Mouse Platelet Transfusion Model bioRxiv. Nov 14:2023.11.10.566577. doi: 10.1101/2023.11.10.566577. Preprint
  • Velu PD, Sipley J, Marino J, Ghanshani S, Lukose G, Cong L, Serrano L, Ly T, Yeh RK, Wu F, Mansukhani M, Berry GJ, Rennert H. Evaluation of a Zoonotic Orthopoxvirus PCR Assay for the Detection of Mpox Virus Infection J Mol Diagn. 2023 Oct;25(10):740-747. doi: 10.1016/j.jmoldx.2023.06.010. Epub 2023 Jul 18.
  • Rhoads DD, Pournaras S, Leber A, Balada-Llasat JM, Harrington A, Sambri V, She R, Berry GJ, Daly J, Good C, Tarpatzi A, Everhart K, Henry T, McKinley K, Zannoli S, Pak P, Zhang F, Barr R, Holmberg K, Kensinger B, Lu DY. Multicenter Evaluation of the BIOFIRE Blood Culture Identification 2 Panel for Detection of Bacteria, Yeasts, and Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in Positive Blood Culture Samples. J Clin Microbiol. 2023 Jun 20;61(6):e0189122. doi: 10.1128/jcm.01891-22.
  • Weidmann M.D., Green D.A., Berry G.J., Wu F. Assessing respiratory viral exclusion and affinity interactions through co-infection incidence in a pediatric population during the 2022 resurgence of influenza and RSV. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2023 Jun 14:13:1208235. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2023.1208235.
  • Weidmann M.D., Wu Y., Wu F., Hapani D.D., Green D.A., Aaron, J.G., Berry G.J., A case of novel, rapidly-growing Mycolibacter kumamotonensis infection in a patient with severe pulmonary disease treated in New York City. BMC Infect Dis. 2023 Jan 13;23(1):26. doi: 10.1186/s12879-022-07959-2.
  • Sands A., Santiago M.T., Uduwana S., Glater-Welt L., Ezhuthachan I.D., Coscia G., Hayes L., Berry G.J., Rubin L.G., Hagmann S.H.F. Congenital Tuberculosis after In-vitro Fertilization: A Case for Tuberculosis Screening of Women Evaluated for Infertility. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 8;76(3):e982-e986. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciac542.
  • Rodino KG, Peaper DR, Dr. Kelly BJ, Bushman FD , Marques AD, Adhikari H, Tu ZJ , Marrero Rolon R, Westblade LF, Green DA, Berry GJ, Wu F, Annavajhala MK, Uhlemann AC, Parikh BA, McMillen T , Jani K, Babady NE, Hahn AM , Koch RT, Grubaugh ND, Rhoads DD. Partial ORF1ab Gene Target Failure with Omicron BA.2.12.1. J Clin Microbiol. 2022 Jun 15;60(6):e0060022. doi: 10.1128/jcm.00600-22. Epub 2022 May 18.
  • Weidmann MD., Berry GJ., Zucker JE, Huang S, Sobieszczyk ME, Green DA., Bacterial Pneumonia and Respiratory Culture Utilization among Hospitalized Patients with and without COVID-19 in New York City. J Clin Microbiol. 2022 Jul 20;60(7):e0017422. doi: 10.1128/jcm.00174-22. Epub 2022 Jun 1
  • Berry GJ., Zhen W, Smith E, Manji R, Silbert S., Lima A., Harrington A., McKinley K., Kensinger B., Neff C., Lu D., Multicenter Evaluation of the BioFire® Respiratory Panel 2.1 (RP2.1) for Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in Nasopharyngeal Swab Samples. J Clin Microbiol. 2022 May 18;60(5):e0006622. doi: 10.1128/jcm.00066-22. Epub 2022 Apr 7
  • Zhen W, Manji R, Smith E, Wuitschick J, Lucic D, Berry GJ. Clinical evaluation of the Alinity m Resp 4-Plex assay for the detectionofSARS-CoV-2,influenzaA,influenzaBandRSV. MicrobiolSpectr.2022Jan-Feb;10(1):e01090-21. Published online 2022 Feb 2. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.01090-21.
  • Berg M.G., Zhen W, Lucic D, Degli-Angeli E.J., Andersen M. Forberg K, Olivo A, Sheikh F, Toolsie D, Greninger A.L., Cloherty G.A., Coombs R.W., Berry G.J., Development of the RealTime SARS-CoV-2 quantitative Laboratory Developed Test and correlation with viral culture as a measure of infectivity. J Clin Virol. Volume 143, October 2021, Online ahead of print.
  • Schwerdt M.K., Butala S, Hinds E, Schron D, Berry G.J., A Case of primary extragenital cutaneous gonorrhea involving the finger. Reviews in Medical Microbiology. 2021, 32:000-00. Doi: 10.1097/MRM.0000000000000290. Online ahead of print
  • Zhen W, Berry G.J., Modifying a diagnostic SARS-CoV-2 Spike PCR to turn a Del69/70 drop-out into a discriminatory on-target assay- Author’s Reply. J Mol Diagn., 2021 Apr 13;S1525-1578(21)00089-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jmoldx.2021.03.007. Online ahead of print.
  • Zhen W, Whitfield N, Smith E, Berry G.J., Evaluating the effect of a modified sample preparation on SARS-CoV-2 detection in a cartridge-based platform. J Appl Lab Med. 2021 Apr 24;jfab007. doi: 10.1093/jalm/jfab007. Online ahead of print.
  • Mostafa H.H., Carroll K.C., Hicken R, Berry G.J., Manji R, Smith E, Rakeman J.L., Fowler R.C., Leelawong M, Butler-Wu S.M., Quinones D, Umali-Wilcox M, Kwiatkowski R.W., Persing D, Weir F, and Loeffelholz M.J.. Multi-center Evaluation of the Cepheid Xpert® Xpress SARS-CoV-2/Flu/RSV Test., J. Clin. Microbiol. 2021 59 (3): e02955-20. doi: 10.1128/JCM.02955-20
  • Hirschwerk D, Foley M, Lesser M, Farber B, James M. Crawford J.M., Davidson K.W., Berry G.J., Smith E, Kast C, Volel V, McGinn T. Estimating Predictive Value of Negative SARS-CoV-2 Results: A Prospective Study Demonstrating Impact of Changing Prevalence. Accepted for Publication. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol.2020 Dec 10;1-3. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.1362. Online ahead of print.
  • Zhen W, Berry G.J., Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 rapid detection in whole blood. Mol Diagn Ther. 2021 Jan;25(1):71-75. doi: 10.1007/s40291-020-00503-5. Epub 2021 Jan 1.
  • Zhen W, Berry GJ. Development of a New Multiplex Real Time RT-PCR Assay for SARS-CoV-2 Specific Detection. J Mol Diagn. 2020 Dec;22(12):1367-1372. doi: 10.1016/j.jmoldx.2020.09.004. Epub 2020 Sep 19.
  • Decker SJ, Goldstein TA, Ford JM, Teng MN, Pugliese RS, Berry GJ, Pettengill M, Silbert S, Hazelton TR, Wilson JW, Shine K, Wang ZX, Hutchinson M, Castagnaro J, Bloom OE, Breining DA, Goldsmith BM, Sinnott JT, O'Donnell DG, Crawford JM, Lockwood CJ, Kim K. 3D Printed Alternative to the Standard Synthetic Flocked Nasopharyngeal Swabs Used for COVID-19 testing. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Sep 10:ciaa1366. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1366. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32910817; PMCID: PMC7499529.
  • Reichberg SB, Mitra PP, Haghamad A, Ramrattan G, Crawford JM, and the Northwell COVID-19 Research Consortium: Berry GJ, Davidson KW, Drach A, Duong S, Juretschko SJ, Maria NI, Yang Y, Ziemba Y. Rapid Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area: Geolocation, Demographics, Positivity Rates, and Hospitalization for 46,793 Persons Tested by Northwell Health. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 8;ciaa922. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa922.
  • Smith E, Zhen W, Manji R, Schron D, Duong S, Berry GJ. Analytical and Clinical Comparison of Three Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests for SARS-CoV-2 Detection. J Clin Microbiol. 2020 Aug 24;58(9):e01134-20. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01134-20. Print 2020 Aug 24. PMID: 32571894
  • Zhen W, Smith E, Manji R, Berry GJ. Comparison of Four Molecular In Vitro Diagnostic Assays for the Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in Nasopharyngeal Specimens. J Clin Microbiol. 2020 Jul 23;58(8):e00743-20. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00743-20. Print 2020 Jul 23. PMID: 32341143
  • Zhen W, Smith E, Manji R, Schron D, Berry GJ. Clinical Evaluation of Three Sample-To-Answer Platforms for the Detection of SARS-CoV-2. J Clin Microbiol. 2020 Jul 23;58(8):e00783-20. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00783-20. Print 2020 Jul 23. PMID: 32332061
  • Berry GJ, Zhang F, Manji R, Juretschko S. Comparison of the Panther Fusion and BD MAX GBS Assays for Detection of Group B Streptococcus in Prenatal Screening Specimens. J Clin Microbiol. 2019 Aug 28. pii: JCM.01034-19. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01034-19.
  • Berry GJ, Miller CR, Prats MM, Marquez C, Oladipo OO, Loeffelholz MJ, Petersen JR. Comparison of the Alere i Strep A test and the BD Veritor system in the detection of group A Streptococcus and the hypothetical impact of results on antibiotic utilization. J Clin Microbiol 56:e01310-17, 2018.
  • Berry, G.J., Oladipo O., Wittnebert D., Loeffelholz M., Petersen J.R. Comparison of the Alere i and the BD Veritor Assays for the Rapid Detection of Influenza A and B Viruses. . J Appl Lab Med. DOI: 10.1373/jalm.2016.022350, 2017.
  • Litvinov J, Moen ST, Berry G.J., Loeffelholz Michael Singh A.K., Koh C.Y. Centrifugal Microfluidic Platform for Rapid, Multiplexed Detection of TB and HIV Biomarkers in Whole Blood Samples. J Bioengineer & Biomedical Sci. 2017, 7:2. DOI: 10.4172/2155-9538.1000230
  • Berry, G.J., Loeffelholz M. Use of Treponemal Screen Assay Strength of Signal to Avoid Unnecessary Confirmatory Testing. Sex. Transm Dis. 43(12):737-740, 2016.
  • Berry G.J., Loeffelholz M, Williams-Bouyer N. An investigation into the laboratory diagnosis of Klesbiella variicolainfections.  J. Clin. Microbiol. 53(8):8 2793-2794, 2015.
  • Berry G.J., Frielle C, Brucklacher RM, Salzberg AC, Waldner H. Identifying type 1 diabetes candidate genes by DNA microarray analysis of islet-specific CD4+Tcells. Genomics Data. 5: 184-88, 2015.
  • Berry G.J., Frielle C, Luu T, Salzberg A.C., Rainbow D.B., Wicker LS, Waldner H., Genome-wide transcriptional analyses of islet-specific CD4+ T cells identify Idd9 genes controlling diabetogenic T cell function. J Immunol. 194(6):2654-63, 2015.
  • Berry G.J., Budgeon L.R., Cooper T.K., Christensen N.D., Waldner H., The Type 1 diabetes resistance locus B10 Idd9.3 mediates impaired B cell Lymphopoiesis and implicates microRNA-34a in diabetes protection. Eur J Immunol.;44(6):1716-27, 2014.
  • Berry G., Waldner H., Accelerated type 1 diabetes induction in mice by adoptive transfer of diabetogenic CD4+ T cells. J. Vis. Exp.;(75):e50389, 2013.
  • Wexler A.G., Frielle C., Berry G., Budgeon L.R., Baccon J., Christensen N.D., Waldner H., The innate immune adaptor MyD88 is dispensable for spontaneous autoimmune demyelination in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. J Neuroimmunol. 255(1-2):60-9, 2013.
  • Cherepko J., Berry G.J., Keeler S.P., Huffman J.E., Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi, >Bartonella Spp., Bartonella henselae, Babesia microti, and Anaplasma phagocytophila in Ixodes scapularis ticks collected in Monroe county, Pennsylvania show a risk for co- and tri- infections. J Penn Acad Sci. 84(2/3):1-5, 2010.

Book Chapters

  • Patel J., Berry G.J., Williams-Bouyer, N., Infections in Pediatric Burn Patients. Feigin and Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 8th Edition. 2019.
  • Berry G.J., Loeffelholz M., Palacios G., Animal-Borne Viruses. Clinical Virology Manual. 5th Edition. 2016.