Benjamin Pinsky

Assistant Professor of Pathology and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at the Stanford University Medical Center

Professional Education

Residency: Stanford Hospital and Clinics (06/2010) CA

Board Certification, American Board of Pathology, Clinical Pathology (2012)

Fellowship, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Molecular Pathology (2010)

Medical Education: University of Washington School of Medicine (06/2007) WA

Ph.D., University of Washington Medical Scientist Training Program-Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Molecular and Cellular Biology (2005)

Administrative Appointments

Medical Director, Clinical Virology Laboratory (2010 - Present)

Medical Director, Point of Care Testing, Surgery Center at Byers Eye Institute (2012 - Present)

Improved detection of emerging drug-resistant mutant cytomegalovirus subpopulations by deep sequencing.
Chou, S., Ercolani, R. J., Sahoo, M. K., Lefterova, M. I., Strasfeld, L. M., & Pinsky, B. A. (2014). Improved detection of emerging drug-resistant mutant cytomegalovirus subpopulations by deep sequencing. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy, 58(8), 4697-4702.

Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplification Test for Diagnosis of Dengue Fever, Malaria, and Leptospirosis
Waggoner, J. J., Abeynayake, J., Balassiano, I., Lefterova, M., Sahoo, M. K., & Pinsky, B. A. (2014). Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplification Test for Diagnosis of Dengue Fever, Malaria, and Leptospirosis. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 52(6), 2011-2018.

Detection of Cytomegalovirus Drug Resistance Mutations by Next-Generation Sequencing
Sahoo, M. K., Lefterova, M. I., Yamamoto, F., Waggoner, J. J., Chou, S., & Pinsky, B. A. (2013). Detection of Cytomegalovirus Drug Resistance Mutations by Next-Generation Sequencing. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 51(11), 3700-3710.

Comparison of the FDA-Approved CDC DENV-1-4 Real-Time Reverse Transcription-PCR with a Laboratory-Developed Assay for Dengue Virus Detection and Serotyping
Waggoner, J. J., Abeynayake, J., Sahoo, M. K., Gresh, L., Tellez, Y., & Pinsky, B. A. (2013). Comparison of the FDA-Approved CDC DENV-1-4 Real-Time Reverse Transcription-PCR with a Laboratory-Developed Assay for Dengue Virus Detection and Serotyping. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 51(10), 3418-3420.

Development of an Internally Controlled Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase PCR Assay for Pan-Dengue Virus Detection and Comparison of Four Molecular Dengue Virus Detection Assays
Waggoner, J. J., Abeynayake, J., Sahoo, M. K., Gresh, L., Tellez, Y., & Pinsky, B. A. (2013). Development of an Internally Controlled Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase PCR Assay for Pan-Dengue Virus Detection and Comparison of Four Molecular Dengue Virus Detection Assays. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 51(7), 2172-2181.

Single-Reaction, Multiplex, Real-Time RT-PCR for the Detection, Quantitation, and Serotyping of Dengue Viruses
Waggoner, J. J., Abeynayake, J., Sahoo, M. K., Gresh, L., Tellez, Y., & Pinsky, B. A. (2013). Single-Reaction, Multiplex, Real-Time RT-PCR for the Detection, Quantitation, and Serotyping of Dengue Viruses. PLOS NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES, 7(4).

Single-reaction, multiplex, real-time rt-PCR for the detection, quantitation, and serotyping of dengue viruses.
Waggoner, J. J., Abeynayake, J., Sahoo, M. K., Gresh, L., Tellez, Y., & Pinsky, B. A. (2013). Single-reaction, multiplex, real-time rt-PCR for the detection, quantitation, and serotyping of dengue viruses. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 7(4).

Commutability of the Epstein-Barr Virus WHO International Standard across Two Quantitative PCR Methods
Abeynayake, J., Johnson, R., Libiran, P., Sahoo, M. K., Cao, H., & Pinsky, B. A. (2014). Commutability of the Epstein-Barr Virus WHO International Standard across Two Quantitative PCR Methods. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 52(10), 3802-3804.

Encephalitis caused by chikungunya virus in a traveler from the kingdom of tonga.
Nelson, J., Waggoner, J. J., Sahoo, M. K., Grant, P. M., & Pinsky, B. A. (2014). Encephalitis caused by chikungunya virus in a traveler from the kingdom of tonga. Journal of clinical microbiology, 52(9), 3459-3461.

Reply to "Inconclusive reverse transcription-PCR assay comparison for dengue virus detection and serotyping".
Waggoner, J. J., & Pinsky, B. A. (2014). Reply to "Inconclusive reverse transcription-PCR assay comparison for dengue virus detection and serotyping". Journal of clinical microbiology, 52(5), 1801-1802.

Evaluation of serial urine viral cultures for the diagnosis of cytomegalovirus infection in neonates and infants.
Chisholm, K. M., Aziz, N., McDowell, M., Guo, F. P., Srinivas, N., & Pinsky, B. A. (2014). Evaluation of serial urine viral cultures for the diagnosis of cytomegalovirus infection in neonates and infants. Pediatric and developmental pathology , 17(3), 176-180.

Profound plasmacytosis in a patient with dengue.
Ewalt, M. D., Abeynayake, J., Waggoner, J. J., Pinsky, B. A., & Ohgami, R. S. (2013). Profound plasmacytosis in a patient with dengue. International journal of hematology, 98(5), 518-519.

Diagnosis of Congenital CMV Using PCR Performed on Formalin-fixed, Paraffin-embedded Placental Tissue
Folkins, A. K., Chisholm, K. M., Guo, F. P., McDowell, M., Aziz, N., & Pinsky, B. A. (2013). Diagnosis of Congenital CMV Using PCR Performed on Formalin-fixed, Paraffin-embedded Placental Tissue. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SURGICAL PATHOLOGY, 37(9), 1413-1420.

A Comparison of CMV Detection in Gastrointestinal Mucosal Biopsies Using Immunohistochemistry and PCR Performed on Formalin-fixed, Paraffin-embedded Tissue
Mills, A. M., Guo, F. P., Copland, A. P., Pai, R. K., & Pinsky, B. A. (2013). A Comparison of CMV Detection in Gastrointestinal Mucosal Biopsies Using Immunohistochemistry and PCR Performed on Formalin-fixed, Paraffin-embedded Tissue. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SURGICAL PATHOLOGY, 37(7), 995-1000.

p16 Is Superior to ProEx C in Identifying High-grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions (HSIL) of the Anal Canal
Bala, R., Pinsky, B. A., Beck, A. H., Kong, C. S., Welton, M. L., & Longacre, T. A. (2013). p16 Is Superior to ProEx C in Identifying High-grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions (HSIL) of the Anal Canal. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SURGICAL PATHOLOGY, 37(5), 659-668.

An International Collaboration to Harmonize the Quantitative Plasma Epstein-Barr Virus DNA Assay for Future Biomarker-Guided Trials in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma
Quynh-Thu Le, Q. T., Zhang, Q., Cao, H., Cheng, A.-J., Pinsky, B. A., & Chan, K. Ca. (2013). An International Collaboration to Harmonize the Quantitative Plasma Epstein-Barr Virus DNA Assay for Future Biomarker-Guided Trials in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. CLINICAL CANCER RESEARCH, 19(8), 2208-2215.

CMV antigenemia and quantitative viral load assessments in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
Cardenoso, L., Pinsky, B. A., Lautenschlager, I., Aslam, S., Cobb, B., & Hirsch, H. H. (2013). CMV antigenemia and quantitative viral load assessments in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL VIROLOGY, 56(2), 108-112.

An International Multicenter Performance Analysis of Cytomegalovirus Load Tests
Hirsch, H. H., Lautenschlager, I., Pinsky, B. A., Cardenoso, L., Aslam, S., & Valsamakis, A. (2013). An International Multicenter Performance Analysis of Cytomegalovirus Load Tests. CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES, 56(3), 367-373.

Severe Hepatitis Associated with an Echovirus 18 Infection in an Immune-Compromised Adult
Lefterova, M. I., Rivetta, C., George, T. I., & Pinsky, B. A. (2013). Severe Hepatitis Associated with an Echovirus 18 Infection in an Immune-Compromised Adult. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 51(2), 684-687.

Laboratory-Developed L1 Sequencing and Type-Specific, Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction for the Detection and Typing of Human Papillomaviruses in Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded Tissues
Mills, A., Balasubramaniam, R., Longacre, T. A., Kong, C. S., & Pinsky, B. A. (2013). Laboratory-Developed L1 Sequencing and Type-Specific, Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction for the Detection and Typing of Human Papillomaviruses in Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded Tissues. ARCHIVES OF PATHOLOGY & LABORATORY MEDICINE, 137(1), 50-54.

Comparison of Xpert Flu rapid nucleic acid testing with rapid antigen testing for the diagnosis of influenza A and B
DiMaio, M. A., Sahoo, M. K., Waggoner, J., & Pinsky, B. A. (2012). Comparison of Xpert Flu rapid nucleic acid testing with rapid antigen testing for the diagnosis of influenza A and B. JOURNAL OF VIROLOGICAL METHODS, 186(1-2), 137-140.

Clinical Significance of Low Cytomegalovirus DNA Levels in Human Plasma
Waggoner, J., Ho, D. Y., Libiran, P., & Pinsky, B. A. (2012). Clinical Significance of Low Cytomegalovirus DNA Levels in Human Plasma. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 50(7), 2378-2383.

Quantitation of Human Papillomavirus DNA in Plasma of Oropharyngeal Carcinoma Patients
Cao, H., Banh, A., Kwok, S., Shi, X., Wu, S., & Quynh-Thu Le, Q. T. (2012). Quantitation of Human Papillomavirus DNA in Plasma of Oropharyngeal Carcinoma Patients. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS, 82(3), E351-E358.

A Synonymous Change in the Influenza A Virus Neuraminidase Gene Interferes with PCR-Based Subtyping and Oseltamivir Resistance Mutation Detection
Trevino, C., Bihon, S., & Pinsky, B. A. (2011). A Synonymous Change in the Influenza A Virus Neuraminidase Gene Interferes with PCR-Based Subtyping and Oseltamivir Resistance Mutation Detection. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 49(8), 3101-3102.

Ultrasensitive Detection of Drug-Resistant Pandemic 2009 (H1N1) Influenza A Virus by Rare-Variant-Sensitive High-Resolution Melting-Curve Analysis
Chen, N., Pinsky, B. A., Lee, B. P., Lin, M., & Schrijver, I. (2011). Ultrasensitive Detection of Drug-Resistant Pandemic 2009 (H1N1) Influenza A Virus by Rare-Variant-Sensitive High-Resolution Melting-Curve Analysis. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 49(7), 2602-2609.

Long-term Shedding of Influenza A Virus in Stool of Immunocompromised Child
Pinsky, B. A., Mix, S., Rowe, J., Ikemoto, S., & Baron, E. J. (2010). Long-term Shedding of Influenza A Virus in Stool of Immunocompromised Child. EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES, 16(7), 1165-1167.

Real-Time PCR Testing for mecA Reduces Vancomycin Usage and Length of Hospitalization for Patients Infected with Methicillin-Sensitive Staphylococci
Nguyen, D. T., Yeh, E., Perry, S., Luo, R. F., Pinsky, B. A., & Banaei, N. (2010). Real-Time PCR Testing for mecA Reduces Vancomycin Usage and Length of Hospitalization for Patients Infected with Methicillin-Sensitive Staphylococci. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 48(3), 785-790.

Preferential Lower Respiratory Tract Infection in Swine-Origin 2009 A(H1N1) Influenza
Yeh, E., Luo, R. F., Dyner, Ll., Hong, D. K., Banaei, N., & Pinsky, B. A. (2010). Preferential Lower Respiratory Tract Infection in Swine-Origin 2009 A(H1N1) Influenza. CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES, 50(3), 391-394.

Comparison of Real-Time PCR and Conventional Biochemical Methods for Identification of Staphylococcus lugdunensis
Pinsky, B. A., Samson, D., Ghafghaichi, L., Baron, E. J., & Banaei, N. (2009). Comparison of Real-Time PCR and Conventional Biochemical Methods for Identification of Staphylococcus lugdunensis. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 47(11), 3472-3477.

First documentation of isoniazid reversion in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Richardson, E. T., Lin, S.-Y. G., Pinsky, B. A., Desmond, E., & Banaei, N. (2009). First documentation of isoniazid reversion in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TUBERCULOSIS AND LUNG DISEASE, 13(11), 1347-1354.

Protein Phosphatase 1 Regulates Exit from the Spindle Checkpoint in Budding Yeast
Pinsky, B. A., Nelson, C. R., & Biggins, S. (2009). Protein Phosphatase 1 Regulates Exit from the Spindle Checkpoint in Budding Yeast. CURRENT BIOLOGY, 19(14), 1182-1187.

Hair Sheep Blood, Citrated or Defibrinated, Fulfills All Requirements of Blood Agar for Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory Tests
Yeh, E., Pinsky, B. A., Banaei, N., & Baron, E. J. (2009). Hair Sheep Blood, Citrated or Defibrinated, Fulfills All Requirements of Blood Agar for Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory Tests. PLOS ONE, 4(7).

Bartholin's abscess caused by hypermucoviscous Klebsiella pneumoniae
Pinsky, B. A., Baron, E. J., Janda, J. M., & Banaei, N. (2009). Bartholin's abscess caused by hypermucoviscous Klebsiella pneumoniae. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 58(5), 671-673.

Multiplex real-time PCR assay for rapid identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex members to the species level
Pinsky, B. A., & Banaei, N. (2008). Multiplex real-time PCR assay for rapid identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex members to the species level. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 46(7), 2241-2246.

Glc7/protein phosphatase 1 regulatory subunits can oppose the Ipl1/aurora protein kinase by redistributing Glc7
Pinsky, B. A., Kotwaliwale, C. V., Tatsutani, S. Y., Breed, C. A., & Biggins, S. (2006). Glc7/protein phosphatase 1 regulatory subunits can oppose the Ipl1/aurora protein kinase by redistributing Glc7. MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY, 26(7), 2648-2660.

The Ipl1-Aurora protein kinase activates the spindle checkpoint by creating unattached kinetochores
Pinsky, B. A., Kung, C., Shokat, K. M., & Biggins, S. (2006). The Ipl1-Aurora protein kinase activates the spindle checkpoint by creating unattached kinetochores. NATURE CELL BIOLOGY, 8(1), 78-U28.

The spindle checkpoint: tension versus attachment
Pinsky, B. A., & Biggins, S. (2005). The spindle checkpoint: tension versus attachment. TRENDS IN CELL BIOLOGY, 15(9), 486-493.

An Mtw1 complex promotes kinetochore biorientation that is monitored by the lpl1/Aurora protein kinase
Pinsky, B. A., Tatsutani, S. Y., Collins, K. A., & Biggins, S. (2003). An Mtw1 complex promotes kinetochore biorientation that is monitored by the lpl1/Aurora protein kinase. DEVELOPMENTAL CELL, 5(5), 735-745.

Top-SUMO wrestles centromeric cohesion
Pinsky, B. A., & Biggins, S. (2002). Top-SUMO wrestles centromeric cohesion. DEVELOPMENTAL CELL, 3(1), 4-6.

Nlk is a murine protein kinase related to Erk/MAP kinases and localized in the nucleus
Brott, B. K., Pinsky, B. A., & Erikson, R. L. (1998). Nlk is a murine protein kinase related to Erk/MAP kinases and localized in the nucleus. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 95(3), 963-968.