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Lauri Hicks
DO, Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Lauri Hicks, DO is a medical epidemiologist in the Respiratory Diseases Branch (RDB), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Hicks attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and chief medicine residency at the University of Connecticut. This was followed by a 2-year position as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at Brown University, Dr. Hicks returned to CDC to lead respiratory outbreak response and the Legionnaires’ disease program. In 2008, she became the medical director for the “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” program, which aims to educate healthcare providers and the public about appropriate antibiotic use. She leads research on antibiotic use and resistance trends and serves as the campaign spokesperson. Globally she has fostered CDC-European Union (EU) collaboration on promoting appropriate antibiotic use and has represented CDC at EU meetings in Sweden, France, the Czech Republic and a Canadian meeting of public health leaders. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Connecticut and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Close ↑
Claressa Lucas, Ph.D.
Microbiologist/ELITE Program Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Claressa Lucas earned her PhD at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia and completed an ASM/ NCID post-doctoral appointment in the CDC Tuberculosis Laboratory before joining the CDC Legionella Laboratory in 2000. She has participated in investigation of over 40 outbreaks of legionellosis or unexplained respiratory disease and conducted a dozen environmental studies. Dr. Lucas has authored articles on biofilm formation, strain distribution, and virulence determinants of legionellae and has assisted with development of legionellosis prevention strategies for government agencies and industrial societies. Since 2008, Dr. Lucas has coordinated CDC’s ELITE program, a proficiency testing program for laboratories that culture Legionella from environmental samples with over 200 participants worldwide. Close ↑
Rodney Donlan
Research Microbiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Rodney Donlan is a research microbiologist with the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. In this position, he directs a research group in the investigation of the role of microbial biofilms in healthcare-associated infections. His research has focused specifically on new methods for controlling biofilms on indwelling medical devices, development of in vitro biofilm models, and disinfection of potable water-associated biofilms. He has BS and MS degrees from Virginia Tech and a PhD from Drexel University, and has been with CDC since 1998. Close ↑
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