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Marc Roger Couturier

Marc Roger Couturier, PhD

Languages spoken: English, French
  • Dr. Couturier is the medical director of Microbial Immunology, Parasitology and Fecal Testing, and Infectious Disease Rapid Testing at ARUP. He is also an assistant professor of pathology at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine. Dr. Couturier received his PhD in medical microbiology and immunology with specialty in bacteriology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He served as a research associate/post-doctoral fellow at the Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health and completed a medical microbiology fellowship (ABMM) at the University of Utah. He is board certified in medical microbiology, and a member of the American Society for Microbiology and Infectious Disease Society of America.

    Dr. Couturier is interested in diarrheal illnesses and improving the sensitivity of their diagnosis, in particular, emerging and underappreciated agents of diarrhea. Through his training in the Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health, he developed molecular diagnostic methods for the detection of Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli. His continued interest in diarrheal pathogens has sparked research efforts in Campylobacter spp., Clostridium difficile, parasitic protozoa, and enteric viruses.

    Dr. Couturier has research experience in the field of H. pylori pathogenesis, and is now investigating the prevalence of this pathogen in a poorly defined population in Utah. In addition to defining the local prevalence, Dr. Couturier is actively working to identify sub-populations of high risk individuals with disparate access to medical care in attempts to identify patients at increased risk of developing severe complications such as gastric cancers.

    Specialties

    • Pathology
  • Dr. Couturier is the medical director of Microbial Immunology, Parasitology and Fecal Testing, and Infectious Disease Rapid Testing at ARUP. He is also an assistant professor of pathology at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine. Dr. Couturier received his PhD in medical microbiology and immunology with specialty in bacteriology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He served as a research associate/post-doctoral fellow at the Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health and completed a medical microbiology fellowship (ABMM) at the University of Utah. He is board certified in medical microbiology, and a member of the American Society for Microbiology and Infectious Disease Society of America.

    Dr. Couturier is interested in diarrheal illnesses and improving the sensitivity of their diagnosis, in particular, emerging and underappreciated agents of diarrhea. Through his training in the Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health, he developed molecular diagnostic methods for the detection of Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli. His continued interest in diarrheal pathogens has sparked research efforts in Campylobacter spp., Clostridium difficile, parasitic protozoa, and enteric viruses.

    Dr. Couturier has research experience in the field of H. pylori pathogenesis, and is now investigating the prevalence of this pathogen in a poorly defined population in Utah. In addition to defining the local prevalence, Dr. Couturier is actively working to identify sub-populations of high risk individuals with disparate access to medical care in attempts to identify patients at increased risk of developing severe complications such as gastric cancers.

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Parks, Recreation, & Tourism -Primary
    Communication Sciences & Disorders -Midlevel

    Education history

    Fellowship Medical Microbiology - University of Utah, Department of Pathology Fellow
    Microbiology - Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health, Department of Molecular Diagnostics Postdoctoral Fellow
    Doctoral Training Bacteriology - University of Alberta, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology Ph.D.
    Biology with Honours - Acadia University B.S.

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Bradbury RS, Sapp SGH, Potters I, Mathison BA, Frean J, Mewara A, Sheorey H, Tamarozzi F, Couturier MR, Chiodini P, Pritt B (2022). Where Have All the Diagnostic Morphological Parasitologists Gone? J Clin Microbiol, 60(11), e0098622. (Read full article)
    2. Shakir SM, Otiso J, Keller G, Heule HV, Osborn LJ, Cole N, Schuetz AN, Richter SS, Couturier MR (2022). Multicenter Evaluation of a Gradient Diffusion Method for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Helicobacter pylori. Microbiol Spectr, 10(2), e0211121. (Read full article)
    3. Peaper DR, Rhoads DD, Sullivan KV, Couturier MR, Humphries RM, Martin IW, Nolte FS, Rowlinson MC, She RC, Simner PJ, Theel ES, Wojewoda CM (2021). Considerations from the College of American Pathologists for Implementation of an Assay for SARS-CoV-2 Testing after a Change in Regulatory Status. J Clin Microbiol, 59(10), e0116721. (Read full article)
    4. Mathison BA, Mehta N, Couturier MR (2021). Human acanthocephaliasis: A thorn in the side of parasite diagnostics. J Clin Microbiol, 59, JCM0269120. (Read full article)
    5. Rychert J, Couturier MR, Elgort M, Lozier BK, Laulu S, Genzen JR, Straseski JA, Delgado JC, Slev PR (2020). Evaluation of 3 SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody Assays and Correlation with Neutralizing Antibodies. J Appl Lab Med, 6(3), 614-624. (Read full article)
    6. Theel ES, Couturier MR, Filkins L, Palavecino E, Mitchell S, Campbell S, Pentella M, Butler-Wu S, Jerke K, Dharmarha V, McNult P, Schuetz AN (2020). Application, Verification, and Implementation of SARS-CoV-2 Serologic Assays with Emergency Use Authorization. J Clin Microbiol, 59(1). (Read full article)
    7. Theel ES, Slev P, Wheeler S, Couturier MR, Wong SJ, Kadkhoda K (2020). The Role of Antibody Testing for SARS-CoV-2: Is There One? J Clin Microbiol, 58(8). (Read full article)
    8. Mathison BA, Kohan JL, Walker JF, Smith RB, Ardon O, Couturier MR (2020). Detection of Intestinal Protozoa in Trichrome-Stained Stool Specimens by Use of a Deep Convolutional Neural Network. J Clin Microbiol, 58(6). (Read full article)
    9. Shakir SM, Mansfield CR, Hays ED, Couturier MR, Hillyard DR (2020). Evaluation of a Novel High-Definition PCR Multiplex Assay for Simultaneous Detection of Tick-Borne Pathogens in Human Clinical Specimens. J Clin Microbiol, 58(3). (Read full article)
    10. Hanson KE, Gabriel N, Mchardy I, Hoffmann W, Cohen SH, Couturier MR, Thompson GR 3rd (2019). Impact of IVIG therapy on serologic testing for infectious diseases. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis, 96(2), 114952. (Read full article)
    11. Mathison BA, Couturier MR, Pritt BS (2019). Diagnostic Identification and Differentiation of Microfilariae. J Clin Microbiol, 57(10). (Read full article)
    12. Couturier MR, Bard JD (2019). Direct-from-Specimen Pathogen Identification: Evolution of Syndromic Panels. Clin Lab Med, 39(3), 433-451. (Read full article)
    13. Miller HK, Binder AM, Peterson A, Theel ES, Volpe JM, Couturier MR, Cherry CC, Kersh GJ (2018). Trends in Q fever serologic testing by immunofluorescence from four large reference laboratories in the United States, 2012-2016. Sci Rep, 8(1), 16670. (Read full article)
    14. Swanson EA, March JK, Clayton F, Couturier MR, Arcega R, Smith R, Evason KJ (2018). Epithelial Inclusions in Gallbladder Specimens Mimic Parasite Infection: Histologic and Molecular Examination of Reported Cystoisospora belli Infection in Gallbladders of Immunocompetent Patients. Am J Surg Pathol, 42(10), 1346-1352. (Read full article)
    15. Jalaly JB, Couturier MR, Burnham CD, Gronowski AM, Munigala S, Theel ES (2017). Multicenter Evaluation of Helicobacter pylori IgG Antibody Seroprevalence Among Patients Seeking Clinical Care in the US. J Appl Lab Med, 2(6), 904-913. (Read full article)

    Review

    1. Shakir SM, Shakir FA, Couturier MR (2023). Updates to the Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Helicobacter pylori Infections. [Review]. Clin Chem, 69(8), 869-880. (Read full article)
    2. Doern CD, Miller MB, Alby K, Bachman MA, Brecher SM, Casiano-Colon A, Couturier MR, Johnson JK, Kirby JE, McElvania E, Newton DW, Nolte FS, Pancholi P, McNult P, Dharmarha V, Dunbar S, American Society for Microbiology ASM Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Committee and the ASM Corporate Council (2022). Proceedings of the Clinical Microbiology Open 2018 and 2019 - a Discussion about Emerging Trends, Challenges, and the Future of Clinical Microbiology. [Review]. J Clin Microbiol, 60(7), e0009222. (Read full article)

    Case Report

    1. Mathison BACramner LM, Cox G, Jerris R, Couturier MR (2022). The Brief Case: Furuncular Myiasis Caused by the Third-Instar Larva of a Bot Fly in the Genus Cuterebra. J Clin Microbiol, 60(9), e02307-21.
    2. Mathison BA, Cramner LM, Cox G, Jerris RC, Couturier MR (2022). Closing the Brief Case: Furuncular Myiasis Caused by the Third-Instar Larva of a Bot Fly in the Genus Cuterebra. J Clin Microbiol, 60(9), e0230821. (Read full article)
    3. Snavely E, Hymas W, Couturier MR (2020). The Brief Case: Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever in a Returned Traveler. J Clin Microbiol, 58(6). (Read full article)
    4. Snavely E, Hymas W, Couturier MR (2020). Closing the Brief Case: Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever in a Returned Traveler. J Clin Microbiol, 58(6). (Read full article)
    5. Davis RE, Mathison BA, Couturier MR (2018). Raillietiniaisis in a Toddler From Hawaii: A Case of Mistaken Tapeworm Identity. Clin Infect Dis, 69(6), 1053-1055. (Read full article)
    6. Filkins LM, Gaston DC, Mathison B, Smith T, Couturier MR, Murphy RD, Ciarkowski C, Hanson KE, Cariello PF (2017). Biliary Strongyloides stercoralis With Cholecystitis and Extensive Portal Vein Thrombosis. Open Forum Infect Dis, 4(4), ofx217. (Read full article)
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