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Sept. 23, 2010

PHOTO: Image of State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa. Two Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) fellows will join the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa. The Hygienic Lab is located at Highway 965 and Oakdale Boulevard at the UI Research Park in Coralville. Credit: University of Iowa

Emerging Infectious Disease fellows join State Hygienic Laboratory

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories will fund two Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) fellows assigned to the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa for one year beginning this month.

Amy Terry of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Jordan Estes from Salisbury, Md., joined the Hygienic Laboratory in September to study emergency preparedness and infectious diseases, respectively.

"The EID Fellowship Program has provided us with inquisitive, energetic and committed scientists who have contributed greatly to the work of the Hygienic Laboratory, both in routine testing and during environmental and public health emergencies," said Christopher Atchison, director of the State Hygienic Laboratory. "This program provides talented scientists an opportunity to learn about the public health laboratory during the early phase of their careers while it helps us fulfill our mission to serve all 99 counties of Iowa."

Terry will be the first EID fellow to study emergency preparedness at the Hygienic Lab. She will assist in coordinating emergency drills and exercises, and assist with preparedness activities related to environmental and public health.

Estes will work with laboratory staff in infectious diseases and virus testing, including foodborne disease outbreaks, influenza and West Nile virus. She also will work with the DNA fingerprinting process used to confirm Salmonella and E. coli outbreaks, and with molecular and traditional methods to isolate viruses.

The EID Fellowship program matches college graduates at various levels of education (bachelor's, master's Ph.D., M.D. and others) with both state public health laboratories and the CDC where they may work for up to two years. The Hygienic Laboratory has been actively involved in this program since its inception in 1995, and for the last three years it has been one of the few labs outside of the CDC to annually host two fellows.

The Hygienic Laboratory is the state of Iowa's environmental and public health laboratory, with facilities located at the University of Iowa's Research Park campus in Iowa City, in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny and at the Lakeside Lab in northwestern Iowa. For more information about the laboratory and its programs and services, visit http://www.uhl.uiowa.edu.

Contact Pat Blake at 319-335-4177 or pat-blake@uiowa.edu for a copy of the photo.

STORY SOURCE: Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa, 102 Oakdale Campus, H101 OH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-5002

MEDIA CONTACT: Pat Blake, 319-335-4177, pat-blake@uiowa.edu