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Photo: Ritchard “Rick” Parry, MS

Ritchard “Rick” Parry, MS

Chief, Laboratory Training Branch

Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Mr. Parry graduated from Western Maryland College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1982 followed by a Masters of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry in 1985 from Villanova University. Mr. Parry spent the next 19 years working as a research scientist developing solid phase extraction products and applications for Supelco in Bellefonte, PA (1984-1988); as a regional mass spectrometry product specialist for Varian in Chicago, IL (1989-1993); and as a separation science product line manager for LECO in Saint Joseph, MI (1993-2003). Mr. Parry joined CDC in 2003 as an Associate Research Fellow in the Emergency Response and Air Toxicants Branch in the Division of Laboratory Sciences in the National Center for Environmental Health. Mr. Parry’s duties involved the development of test procedures for potential chemical threat materials and the transfer of these testing procedures to the public health laboratories in the Laboratory Response Network. In 2008 Mr. Parry assumed the duties of the Laboratory Training Branch Chief overseeing the partnership with the Association of Public Health Laboratories that forms the National Laboratory Training Network and numerous other collaborative laboratory training projects with laboratories across CDC.