Associated Director for Laboratory Science:Ronald (Ron) Ballard, M.I.Biol., PhD
Ronald (Ron) Ballard,M.I.Biol., PhD will be Associate Director for Laboratory Science for the CDC Center for Global Health (CGH). Dr. Ballard has served as Branch Chief of the Laboratory Reference and Research Branch within the Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention, NCHHSTP (formerly within the Division of AIDS, STD and Tuberculosis Laboratory Research) at CDC for the past nine years. Dr. Ballard obtained his primary degree (M.I.Biol. Biochemistry) in 1973 from the University of the South Bank, London, U.K. He obtained his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He joined CDC in 2001. Prior to his CDC career Dr. Ballard served on the scientific staff of the Medical Research Council Trachoma Research Unit at the Lister Institute for Preventive Medicine in Chelsea, London. Dr. Ballard later served as Director of the National Reference Centre for STDs at the South African Institute for Medical Research in Johannesburg and Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was the founder, and past President, of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Society of Southern Africa and is a past Secretary-general of the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI). His most recent research interests include development and application of diagnostic and typing tests for STDs, tropical STDs and STD/HIV interactions.