Ruth Berkelman, M.D., was appointed Rollins Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research in 2001 at the Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta GA. Since then, she has focused on training and research in the areas of emerging infections, biodefense, and disease surveillance., with a strong focus on the need for clinical microbiology as well as basic and applied research. She retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2000 after serving in several positions including Deputy Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases; she led the development of the first government response to the issue of emerging infectious diseases in the mid-1990s. Dr. Berkelman has served as Chair of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board, American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and continues to be active with ASM on many fronts. She has been elected a member of the Institute of Medicine and has served on the National Academies’ Board of Life Sciences. She has also served on the National Biodefense Science Board and is now serving on the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors for infectious diseases. From 2000-2004, she served on the Board of Trustees at Princeton University.