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Shambavi Subbarao, PhD, MSc


Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards, and Services

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Shambavi Subbarao is the Director of the Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards, and Services. Dr. Subbarao received a Master of Science degree and a doctorate degree in microbial genetics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. Dr. Subbarao completed post-doctoral fellowships in bacterial genetics at the University of Kansas Medical Center and at the Rollins Research Center, Emory University before joining CDC in 1995.

Dr. Subbarao conducted research with the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and with the Global AIDS Program. Her projects focused on the molecular epidemiology of HIV, HIV-superinfection, preclinical evaluation studies for anti-HIV microbicides, and nonhuman primate studies of pre-exposure prophylaxis.

While working with the Global AIDS Program, she was instrumental in advancing the knowledge, technology, and quality assurance associated with early infant diagnosis of HIV infection in countries supported under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Shambavi served as the Associate Director of Science (ADS) in the Division of Laboratory Science and Standards from April 2009-October 2010. More recently, she served as the ADS for the Laboratory Science, Policy, and Practice Program Office.

Dr. Subbarao has published several peer reviewed research papers. Two of her papers were nominated for the Charles C. Shepard Science Award, and she received the James H. Nakano Citation for an outstanding scientific paper.