Chief of DGHA International Laboratory Branch:
John Nkengasong, PhD
John Nkengasong joined CDC in 1995 as Chief of the Virology Laboratory, CDC Abidjan, Ivory Coast. In 2005, he joined the Division of Global HIV/AIDS (DGHA) in the CDC Center for Global Health (CGH) as Chief of the International Laboratory Branch. Dr. Nkengasong’s extensive work on HIV diagnosis, pathogenesis, and HIV drug resistance has been consistently published since 1988, spanning over 120 papers in journals such as the Lancet, Journal of Virology, Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Journal of Clinical Microbiology. His portfolio includes multiple published book chapters on implementation of HIV therapy in resource-challenged areas. Dr. Nkengasong has been the recipient of a number of awards including the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Award for Excellence in Public Health Protection Research and multiple Director’s Recognition Awards. He has been nominated for the Agency’s prestigious Shepard Award several times and continues to serve on numerous international advisory boards and journal review panels. Recently, Dr. Nkengasong spearheaded the creation of the African Society of Laboratory Medicine and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Nkengasong received a Master of Tropical Biomedical Science at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, in addition to a Masters Degree in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Doctorate in Medical Sciences (Virology) from the University of Brussels School of Medicine, Belgium. From 1993-1995, he served as the Chief of the Virology Laboratory at the Department of Microbiology, Institute of Tropical Medicine; a World Health Organization Collaborating Center on HIV diagnostics.