CDC has more than 1700 scientists, working in more than 200 cutting-edge laboratories across the U.S. from Atlanta to Spokane, to Ft Collins, to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Morgantown, Anchorage, and San Juan. While CDC’s laboratories are diverse in their functions and expertise, they play a vital role and are unified by a single mission: to protect the lives and health of the American public 24/7.
CDC laboratory scientists work across the U.S. on a range of critical work, including research, surveillance, and reference diagnostic testing.
Our laboratories follow CDC’s pledge to produce the highest quality scientific data, while ensuring the safety of our staff and the nation.
Jim Pirkle, MD, PhD, is serving as the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (ADLSS) and Director of the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS) at CDC. In these capacities, Dr. Pirkle provides high-level oversight and coordination of critical laboratory science policies and operations, particularly those associated with laboratory safety and quality management at CDC.