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Photo: Barbara A. Zehnbauer, PhD, FACMG, FACB

Barbara A. Zehnbauer, PhD, FACMG, FACB

Acting Director

Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards, and Services

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Barbara Zehnbauer joined CDC in 2009 as the Branch Chief of the current Laboratory Research and Evaluation Branch, Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards, and Services. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Pathology at Emory University. Dr. Zehnbauer received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Southern Illinois University, her master’s and doctoral degrees in Microbiology from the University of Chicago. She had post-doctoral fellowship training and faculty appointment in oncology at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Immediately prior to joining the CDC, Barb was Professor of pathology and pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where she directed both the clinical Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory and the Siteman Cancer Center Molecular Core Laboratory. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics with board certification in clinical molecular genetics and a fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. She is the Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics and a reviewer for Genetics in Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Zehnbauer is a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the American College of Medical Genetics, the American Society for Human Genetics, the Association for Molecular Pathology (past-president) and certified as a Laboratory Inspection Team Leader for the College of American Pathologists. Barb extends her laboratory quality management work through several leadership positions with the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute and was recognized by CLSI for Excellence in Standards Development in 2013. She has authored over 90 journal articles, 20 book chapters, and presented more than 50 invited lectures in the US and internationally. She resides in Atlanta with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Rachel.

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