Office of Advanced Molecular Detection

Microbiologist using cutting-edge technology to identify the bacterial DNA fingerprint.
Focus: To bring advanced technologies, including next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics, into the US public health system in order to more effectively prevent and respond to important public health threats.

Some key activities:

  • Improve pathogen identification and characterization of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other pathogens using next-generation sequencing and other advanced molecular technologies.
  • Catalyze the adoption of next-generation sequencing at CDC and in state and local health departments.
  • Build staff capacity in genomic sequencing, bioinformatics, and molecular epidemiology at CDC and state public health laboratories.
  • Establish enhanced, sustainable, and integrated laboratory information systems.
  • Develop tools for prediction, modeling, and early recognition of emerging infections.