Sydney M. Harvey

Appointment Title: 
Adjunct Associate Professor
Type of Faculty: 
Part Time
650 Charles Young Drive South Box 951722 71-254 CHS Los Angeles, CA 90095
Areas of Interest: 

Ability of human pathogens to penetrate and grow inside avocados.  Avocados are frequently harvested from the ground subsequent to high winds in groves.  The FDA has determined that many avocados have surface contamination with pathogenic microorganisms but it is not known if these organisms can penetrate and grow inside the fruit.

Biographical Information: 

Dr. Harvey received her PhD in Microbiology at UCLA.  Her subsequent career was in scientific leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, including Public Health Laboratories Director for Los Angeles County.  In this position, hospital laboratories at LAC/USC, Harbor, High Desert, Martin Luther King, Rancho Los Amigos and all public health laboratories reported to her.  Preceding her public sector role, Dr. Harvey established and directed a private clinical microbiology laboratory, which was subsequently purchased by Nichols Reference Laboratories where she became Scientific Director for Infectious Disease.  Nichols Reference Laboratories was later acquired by Quest Diagnostics, the largest clinical laboratory in the United States. 

After retirement from Los Angeles County, Dr. Harvey directed the LabAspire Program at UCLA.  This California state funded Program was created by Dr. Harvey to educate graduate students to fulfill the legal and academic requirements for a career as a California Public Health Laboratory Director.  One of the requisites for this career is a laboratory/lecture course in pathogenic microbiology, which Dr. Harvey teaches.  Unfortunately, because of California state budgetary issues, the LabAspire Program is no longer funded.


PhD., Microbiology (emphasis Molecular Biology), UCLA
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Publications: 

Harvey Sydney M, Gonzalez Anthony H Enterovirus detection as a result of West Nile virus surveillance.. American journal of clinical pathology. 2007; 128(6): 936-8.

Patel Pragna, Klausner Jeffrey D, Bacon Oliver M, Liska Sally, Taylor Melanie, Gonzalez Anthony, Kohn Robert P, Wong William, Harvey Sydney, Kerndt Peter R, Holmberg Scott D Detection of acute HIV infections in high-risk patients in California.. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 2006; 42(1): 75-9.

Civen Rachel, Villacorte Ferlie, Robles David T, Dassey David E, Croker Curtis, Borenstein Lee, Harvey Sydney M, Mascola Laurene West Nile virus infection in the pediatric population.. The Pediatric infectious disease journal. 2006; 25(1): 75-8.

Harvey Sydney M, Sturgeon Joan, Dassey David E Botulism due to Clostridium baratii type F toxin.. Journal of clinical microbiology. 2002; 40(6): 2260-2.

Labarca Jaime A, Sturgeon Joan, Borenstein Lee, Salem Nancy, Harvey Sydney M, Lehnkering Eleanor, Reporter Roshan, Mascola Laurene Campylobacter upsaliensis: Another pathogen for consideration in the United States.. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2002; 34(11): E59-60.

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