Associate Director for Science and Public Health


Joanne Andreadis, PhD


Joanne Andreadis, PhD is the Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Public Health Practice for the Office of Readiness and Response. In this role, she provides leadership on scientific quality, integrity, and research as it applies to preparedness and response efforts.

Dr. Andreadis also is the Senior Advisor for Laboratory Preparedness. In this role, she provides scientific leadership on laboratory preparedness and emergency diagnostics and fosters opportunities to support CDC’s mission through partnerships across government, nonprofit organizations, businesses and communities.

In 2008, Dr. Andreadis became the Innovation Lead for the Office Strategy and Innovation, Office of the Director at CDC. Her focus was to strengthen and support a culture of innovation at CDC, foster new approaches that improve efficiency, and accelerate translation of evidence into actions that measurably improve health.

Dr. Andreadis joined CDC in 2002 as the Chief of the Botulism Public Health Research and Preparedness Unit. In that position, she identified key gaps in preparedness and response capacity and worked with cross sector partners to develop and transition novel capabilities to local, state, federal and international public health partners.

Before coming to CDC, Dr. Andreadis served as a principal investigator at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, in Washington D.C. Her work entailed developing methods to support the production of artificial biological polymers, tissue-based biological sensors and high-throughput, multivariate tests for identification, subtyping, and profiling biothreat agents.

Dr. Andreadis earned her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Maryland.