Ron A. Otten, PhD
Dr. Otten is the Director of the Office of Scientific Integrity (OSI). He is responsible for planning, managing, and evaluating the programs of OSI and is a senior member of the Office of the Associate Director for Science (OADS) management team. His office within OADS provides leadership for the following areas: protecting the rights and welfare of human beings who participate in research; complying with laws and principles in the care and use of laboratory animals; ensuring compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act; protecting the privacy of individuals in records maintenance; ensuring leadership in public health ethics; and ensuring that training relevant to scientific integrity is available to the CDC community.
Dr. Otten joined CDC in 1991 as a laboratory scientist in the Division of HIV/AIDS. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles on topics such as biomedical interventions designed to prevent HIV infection and detecting variant strains of HIV. His research has been presented at both national and international conferences. Dr. Otten, along with a select team, was awarded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service in 1997. In addition, he has served on numerous committees during his career such as the Emory University Institutional Review Board (2000 – 2006) and the CDC-Atlanta Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, for which he served as Chairperson (2006 - 2010). From a regulatory perspective, Dr. Otten's experience provides him with an in-depth understanding of extremely diverse biomedical studies and a great appreciation for the ethical aspects related to those studies.
Before coming to CDC, Dr. Otten received his Bachelor's degree in Microbiology at the University of Florida (UF). He entered graduate school in the Microbiology and Immunology department where he met and followed an esteemed UF scientist to complete his doctoral degree in Medical Microbiology at the Medical College of Ohio.