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Category: Meet the Scientist Blog Series

Meet Dr. Victor R. De Jesús, Chief of the Volatile Organic Compounds Laboratory at CDC

Photos courtesy of Dr. Víctor R. De Jesús

Personal History and Education Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Victor De Jesús moved to the mainland after high school to pursue an education in chemistry, landing in Wisconsin. The brutal winter proved too much for him, so he returned to Puerto Rico where he completed undergraduate studies in chemistry at the Universidad Interamericana Read More >

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Meet Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) Johnson, Chief, Emergency Response Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences at CDC

Photo courtesy of Dr. Rudy Johnson

“Everyone has something that I need to know.” Originally from Detroit, Rudy is a 4th generation public servant. He grew up moving with his family every 3 years, ending up in Atlanta where his father worked for and retired from the Internal Revenue Service, right next door to where Rudy now works. Read More >

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The Knowns and Unknowns about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Paul Mehta

“It is the ‘knowns’ that keep me humble, and the ‘unknowns’ that keep me challenged,” says Paul Mehta, M.D. Paul is a medical epidemiologist and the principal investigator who provides oversight for the congressionally mandated National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in Atlanta. Read More >

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Meet Dr. Amy Watson, full-time senior service fellow and self-proclaimed “helicopter mom.”

Amy Watson, PhD

Dr. Amy Watson works in the Emergency Response Branch of the Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health at CDC. Read More >

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“Super Cool” to Work for an Environmental Federal Public Health Agency

Tonia R. Burk, PhD

Celebrating 10 years with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Division of Community Health Investigations, Environmental Health Scientist Dr. Tonia Burk still finds her work as interesting and challenging as her first day on the job. Read More >

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From Ophthalmology to Environmental Public Health – a Life Well Traveled

Getting a little advice on nature photography from a local while traveling in Madagascar

Unlike many others who embark on a career in public health upon graduating from college, Bruce Tierney, M.D.,  Captain, United States Public Health Service, and Senior Medical Officer, Division of Community Health Investigations, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) came into public health by a most unusual route. Read More >

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Leading in Public Service by Choice, Learning, and Commitment

joe

“Once chosen, the path of creative altruism can take many forms, and for some it is public service,” says Joe Sarcone, Environmental Health Scientist, Region 10 Representative and leading expert on Alaskan Native population environmental health topics for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Read More >

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

King Artur

“I often used to feel like ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ — an out-of-place urban planner among physicians, epidemiologists, and nurses at CDC,” says Chris Kochtitzky, an Associate Director for Program Development in CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. Read More >

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A “Hillbilly Scientist” at Heart

Terry Tincher (2nd from the left) with NCEH/ATSDR director Dr. Patrick Breysse (far right) during a site visit to Pueblo, Colorado, in 2016.

“I am fortunate to have a job that actually lets us fix our past mistakes, make a measurable difference in affected communities, and improve the safety of the world,” says Terry Tincher, MS, CSP. Terry is a chemical engineer and chief of the Environmental Public Health Readiness Branch (EPHRB) at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Read More >

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Who helps to protect us in the event of an environmental emergency?

Photo courtesy of Dr. Joshua Schier.

Medical toxicologists. This not widely known medical subspecialty, comprised of physicians, focuses on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of poisoning and other adverse health effects resulting from medications, occupational and environmental poisons, and biological agents (bacteria, virus, parasite, or fungus, for example) that can be used as bioterrorism or biological weapons. Read More >

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