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No. 2, 2011

LABORATORY BRANCH UPDATE

DTBE Laboratory Branch Forms Laboratory Capacity Team

The Laboratory Capacity Activity, previously in the Reference Laboratory Team of the Laboratory Branch of DTBE, has been reconstituted as the Laboratory Capacity Team. This is a positive reflection of the expansion of work and responsibility, driven by public health need to accelerate our path to elimination in the United States. As a new team, its members will continue to focus on oversight and provision of technical assistance for cooperative agreements; laboratory systems-related operational research to accelerate decline of tuberculosis; education and training to address professional workforce competency and capacity; and collaboration with internal and external partners. These functions complement the other two teams within the Laboratory Branch, the Reference Laboratory Team and the Applied Research Team to create an important positive synergy within the branch.  The structure and functions of the Laboratory Branch are depicted in the schematic here.

Angela Starks, PhD, has been competitively selected to serve as the leader for the Laboratory Capacity Team. Angela is well known in the tuberculosis public health community as she came to DTBE in June 2005 to what was then the Mycobacteriology Laboratory Branch through the Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching program at Emory University. On completion of her postdoctoral fellowship, she joined the laboratory as a Title 42 senior service fellow. She conducted research on the molecular mechanisms of drug resistance for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and served as a co-instructor and guest lecturer at Spelman College. Since December of 2008, Angela served as the leader of the Laboratory Capacity Activity under the mentorship of Beverly Metchock, DrPH. Angela received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences, with a concentration in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Florida and is currently pursuing an MPH in Public Health Practice from the University of South Florida, Gainesville.

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—Submitted by Bonnie Plikaytis
Div of TB Elimination

 

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