Director (Acting), Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Dr. Leslie A. Dauphin

Leslie Ann Dauphin, PhD

Director (Acting)

Deputy Director

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Deputy Director Public Health Science and Surveillance

Leslie Ann Dauphin, PhD, is the Acting Director of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Dauphin oversees the management and improvement of numerous CDC scientific services.

Prior to joining CSELS, Dr. Dauphin served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety. Calling upon her background as a laboratory scientist, Dr. Dauphin has been a leader in laboratory safety and quality since before the office was created, serving as a Senior Scientist and Interim Lead for Laboratory Safety in 2015 following high-profile safety incidents at CDC laboratories. In this role, she provided unflagging leadership and scientific, technical, and managerial expertise as she led and supported an agency-wide approach to laboratory science and safety.

Dr. Dauphin has served in other scientific leadership and management positions, including CDC’s Acting Associate Director for Science and Acting Director of the Office of Science (January 2018 to March 2019), and Deputy Associate Director for Laboratory Science within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (2012 to 2015). While serving in these leadership roles, she continually demonstrated her commitment to service through her volunteer service on multiple agency-level task forces, boards, committees and councils, as well as inter-agency groups.

Dr. Dauphin has provided leadership in emergency preparedness and response. Most recently, she served as Co-Lead for the Laboratory and Testing Task Force in CDC’s COVID-19 response. As a research microbiologist and Select Agents and Toxins principal investigator, she directed research studies involving bioterrorism threat agents and served as the Response Team coordinator for CDC’s 24/7 laboratory response team for bioterrorism and emerging threats in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Dauphin received her doctoral degree in Microbiology from North Carolina State University. She served for 4 years in the U.S. Army, where she was a paratrooper under the 18th Airborne Corps. She received the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal for her service in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm.

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