Speakers' Bureau Directory: Egan

Christina Egan
Degree: PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Employer: Wadsworth Center, NYSDOH
Albany, New York  12208


Primary Employer: Agricultural/Veterinary; Other N/A
Scientific Specialty: Public Health; Other N/A
Job Title: Director, Biodefense Laboratory
Years in position: 5
Presentation Type: N/A
Video Call Type:N/A
Day to day responsibilities:
I oversee a testing program that is responsible for the detection of clinical and environmental samples for biothreat agents. As part of my position, I also perform assay development and validation for the detection of biothreat and food-borne pathogens. My laboratory receives grant funding to perform assay evaluation and validation for emerging technologies and we also play an important role in response to biothreat events through training and education of clinical laboratorians and first responders. As part of a state public health laboratory I am also involved in various aspects of public health including serving as the Director for Education for a new Masters program at Wadsworth Center Masters of Science in Laboratory Sciences.

What do you love about your job?
I love that my job at the Wadsworth Center involves many different areas of public health. My position has given me the opportunity to be heavily involved in clinical diagnostics as well as perform applied research, participate in educational activities, and become involved in the regulatory aspects of public health. I am able to mentor students, fellows and other volunteers and participate in teaching through several programs that Wadsworth Center is affiliated with. I never have a dull moment each day in the laboratory and am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to pursue my career in public health.

Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences, Certified BioSafety Professional (CBSP)

Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
I would urge those who are looking for a position after graduation to utilize the fellowship programs that are currently available through ASM and other organizations such as the CDC/Association of Public Health Laboratories Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship program. Fellowships are a great way to learn about the type of work being performed in a laboratory and then often can lead to permanent positions. I would also advise individuals to take advantage of meetings such as ASM to network with other scientists. It is a great way to learn about different types of careers and learn about potential positions that may be available to graduates.