Speakers' Bureau Directory: Cannons

Andrew Cannons
Degree: PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Employer: Florida Department of Health Bureau of Public Health Labs
Tampa, Florida  33612


Primary Employer: Agricultural/Veterinary; Other N/A
Scientific Specialty: Public Health; Other N/A
Job Title: Laboratory Director
Years in position: 1.5 years
Presentation Type: N/A
Video Call Type:N/A
Day to day responsibilities:
As Laboratory Director of the Florida Department of Health BOL Tampa Lab, Dr. Cannons is responsible for the overall professional and administrative operation of the Bureau of Laboratories-Tampa, including the implementation and maintenance of programs for the efficient and effective operation of public health laboratory. He provides consultation and technical assistance to county health departments with regards to services provided by the Bureau of Laboratories, the significance of test results, and relevance of test services to the core functions of public health In addition he is serves as the Administrator for Public Health Laboratory Preparedness in Florida.

He currently serves on a number of national committees and workgroups including APHL’s Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Committee, ASPH Working group on Preparedness and Response Core Competencies, FDA Partnership for Food Protection Lab Group – Co-Chair, Food Emergency Response Network, APHL Emerging Leaders Special Interest Group and Food Safety Modernization Act Lab Task Group.

What do you love about your job?
I have a great group of staff that work for and with me. I am able to have total trust in my staff. Everyday is a different day, some things are planned for the day, a lot happens at that point of time! I feel the job has great significance by helping to improve public health and by protecting the citizens and visitors of Florida.

Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
Ph.D in Biology.

Licensed as a Clinical Laboratory Director (Microbiology & Serology), in the State of Florida

Certification as High Complexity Laboratory Director (American Board of Bioanalysis).

Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
Be open minded. If you can move, move. Remember that the first job is likely not a career job, but a stepping stone to moving up the ladder.