1738. Culture-Independent Microbiology Tests: Challenges and Opportunities
Session: Symposium: Changing Landscape of Rapid Diagnostic Tests and Their Impact
Saturday, October 6, 2018: 10:30 AM
Room: S 206-208
John Besser, PhD, Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

John Besser has been the Deputy Chief of the Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since July 2009 where he has been involved in national and global programs to detect, characterize, and track bacterial enteric diseases. He leads CDC efforts to adapt public health surveillance to emerging culture independent diagnostic microbiology tests (CIDTs) and leads a research team tasked with developing metagenomic and other advanced molecular methods for public health applications. Prior to CDC, John led the infectious disease laboratory at the Minnesota Department of Health for 19 years, and served as a clinical microbiologist at the University of Minnesota Hospital for 5 years. John received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota.


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