Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office
Mary Kathleen Glynn, DVM, MPVM
Associate Director for Science
Mary Kathleen (Kate) Glynn, DVM, MPVM, is the Associate Director for Science in the Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office (SEPDPO), under the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. In this role, Dr. Glynn oversees SEPDPO's scientific and clearance matters, as well as human subjects protection activities and the information technology unit.
Dr. Glynn began her professional career in 1996 as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, assigned to the National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing her 2-year EIS training, she joined CDC's Epidemiology Program Office in 1998 to work on surveillance concerns related to food safety and bioterrorism preparedness and response. Out of this work, she coauthored manuscripts on food safety, antimicrobial resistance among foodborne pathogens, and surveillance methodology. During 2001–2006, she was a health scientist in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and a principal scientist performing a comprehensive evaluation of the national HIV/AIDS surveillance system. She left her HIV/AIDS position to become Chief of CDC's Bacterial Zoonoses Branch (2006–2008) where she directed their programs on such diseases as anthrax, brucellosis, and leptospirosis and again contributed to CDC's bioterrorism preparedness efforts.
Most recently, before becoming the Associate Director for Science in SEPDPO, Dr. Glynn served as the CDC assignee to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) at their headquarters in Paris, France, a position she had held since 2008. She was assigned to OIE as a Veterinary Medical Officer from CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. Dr. Glynn's assignment at OIE had a specific focus on matters related to the One Health concept, with emphasis on reducing the health risks at the animal-human interface. In this role, she concentrated on examining how different sectors interact in achieving mutually beneficial goals and how this interchange among sectors with varying interests can be improved by using a systems-based approach.
Dr. Glynn was awarded her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of California at Davis in 1992.