Director, Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory
University of Iowa
Term: July 2020 – June 2024
Dr. Pentella is a Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health and Director of the Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory. His experience spans over forty years in clinical microbiology and public health laboratories. He is certified as an American Board of Medical Microbiology Diplomate, a specialist in microbiology through the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and certified in infection control through the Association of Professionals in Infection Control. Dr. Pentella is a member of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Workgroup, the APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee (chair), the APHL Influenza Committee, and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Committee on Laboratory Practices. Over the years, he has made several contributions that have improved the practice of clinical microbiology and biosafety. He has written over 45 articles and fifteen book chapters.