Dr. Elaine O. Petrof is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine with a cross-appointment to Microbiology & Immunology /Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. She is also a member of the GIDRU (Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit). Her position is one of Clinician Scientist, with 75% protected time for research.
Dr.Petrof joined the Queen’s University Faculty in 2008. She attended the University of Toronto for medical school, and then spent over 10 years in Chicago where she received the rest of her medical and research training. She completed her Infectious Diseases and Clinical Pharmacology fellowships, and her research post-doctoral training on host-microbial interactions & probiotics, at the University of Chicago. Her current research interests include intestinal inflammation and effects of the human gut microbiome on infectious and non-infectious causes of colitis.
Dr.Petrof is particularly interested in recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and with her colleagues has initiated a stool transplant study at KGH to treat refractory CDI. Dr.Petrof is investigating the use of a “cleaner”, purified mixture of bacteria derived from healthy donor stool to replace stool transplants for use in patients with recurrent C.difficile infections