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What LLS Fellows Do

LLS fellows perform service while learning. Protecting the public’s health and the safety is a coordinated effort. It takes experts from a range of health and science disciplines working together to address the public health threats we face in our communities and country at-large. Laboratory scientists are a critical link in this chain. The LLS program gives PhD scientists a unique opportunity to go beyond the bench for guided instruction and hands-on problem-solving alongside the elite corps of public health professionals that protect America’s health and safety 24/7.

The LLS fellowship provides a one-of-a-kind training experience for laboratory scientists who are ready to apply their expertise inside and outside of the lab, ultimately preparing them to be the next generation of public health laboratory leaders who work to protect public health. Fellows conduct cutting-edge research, support rapid response to disasters and disease outbreaks, help investigate emerging health threats, and enhance the laboratory systems and practices that are essential for public health. LLS seeks laboratory scientists looking to take their careers to the next level while doing work that delivers real benefits to communities across the country.

LLS is modeled after CDC’s globally-recognized Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in the sense that it is service-based and public health-focused, but LLS is different in that it is laboratory-centric. LLS experiential learning projects focus on laboratory science, quality, and safety while emphasizing leadership and advanced communication skill-building.