COBRE/Tropical Medicine Special Seminar: “Epidemic and Outbreak Response: Challenges in Diagnosis and Biosecurity”


October 15th, 2018

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Epidemic and Outbreak Response: Challenges in Diagnosis and Biosecurity
May C. Chu, Ph.D. (Senior Science Advisor, USAID and WHO, Clinical Professor, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, Colorado)

Dr. Chu received her doctorate degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with specialties in Tropical Medicine and Medical Microbiology. She spent 30 years working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Chu’s research background includes flavivirus molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis as well as staphylococcal toxins, laboratory diagnosis of Yersinia pestis and Francisella tularensis. Dr. Chu directed the CDC’s diagnostic reference laboratory for bacterial zoonotic diseases (plague, tularemia and Lyme disease, 1993-2004). Dr. Chu was seconded to the World Health Organization (2004-2010) joining the outbreak and response team and later led the WHO Laboratory Alliances and Biosafety team in the International Health Regulations Department. She returned to CDC (2010-2013) as the Director of the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program overseeing programs on quality laboratory management, regulatory compliance and specimen repository, Dr. Chu was assigned (2014-2015) from the CDC to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Assistant Director for Public Health where she was an integral part of the President’s Ebola Task Force and led the national review of the Select Agent Program (Bioterrorism). She currently serves as senior science advisor to USAID (Zika Grand Challenge) and to WHO (Personal Protective Equipment Innovation and Experts Networks) and is a Clinical Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health.

( Flyer: COBRE TMMMP May Chu 101518)