About the Program

What is the LLS program?
Tara Henning

Meet Tara Henning, PhD, who heads CDC’s Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS) and passionately mentors the laboratory disease detectives. In the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)’s Fall 2020 edition of Lab Mattersexternal icon, learn about the innovative leadership and experiential training opportunities LLS provides lab scientists, like supporting the COVID-19 emergency response and teaming up with disease detectives in the Epidemic Intelligence Service.

CDC’s Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS) was launched in 2015 to develop future public health laboratory leaders. LLS is a service-learning, multidimensional program that encompasses competencies related to applied public health laboratory research, laboratory operations and quality management, the science of biosafety, bioinformatics, advanced communications, and leadership training. The program guides fellows through ten core activities of learning (CALs) to help build skill sets in those competency areas deemed critical for success as a laboratory leader. LLS fellows hone their leadership skills and create a culture of scientific excellence in laboratory science by emphasizing high standards in areas such as laboratory quality, safety, and service in order to protect the public’s health, safety, and security.

LLS is closely aligned with CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) to promote interdisciplinary training, applied learning, and collaboration between laboratory scientists and epidemiologists. LLS provides opportunities for fellows to serve public health agencies and learn through field experiences and domestic or international emergency responses.

How does LLS align with CDC's mission?

CDC’s guiding principles for laboratory work are to ensure the safety of all staff and the community and be as transparent as possible about our work as we conduct high-quality scientific research to protect people in this country and around the world.

LLS was established as one of the multiple improvements to lab safety and quality practices and procedures across the agency, with the goal of increasing CDC’s culture of safety. As such, the core competencies of the LLS fellowship program are designed to instill excellence through training and education in laboratory quality management, the science of biosafety, and leadership. The LLS program’s Core Activities of Learning are based on competencies published by CDC and APHL.

Visit CDC’s laboratory safety website to stay informed on laboratory safety efforts.

Upcoming Events

Learn of opportunities to meet the LLS fellowship program staff, hear from current LLS fellows about their experiences, and ask questions about the application process and becoming an LLS fellow.