Speakers' Bureau Directory: Delarosa

Mary Patricia Delarosa
Degree: PhD
Employer: Booz Allen Hamilton
Lorton, Virginia  22079


Primary Employer: Other; Other Private Company
Scientific Specialty: Biosafety; Other N/A
Job Title: Biosafety Analyst
Years in position: 6 years
Presentation Type: N/A
Video Call Type:N/A
Day to day responsibilities:
I serve as an advisor to the US government as an immunologist with expertise in biosafety and biosecurity to assist in the design, implementation and review of international public health programs that meet the International Health Regulations disease reporting requirements. My work includes both programmatic design and review and facility construction oversight. I with epidemiologists, veterinarians, medical doctors and medical researchers to develop a “One Health” system for low-resource countries - an approach that looks at ecological, veterinary and public health factors involved in disease outbreaks and attempts to integrate biosafety and biosecurity across the chain of infection in order to prevent disease.

What do you love about your job?
I can see that I make a difference in people’s lives. I work with low-resource hospitals and clinics so even little changes make a difference. I also get to collaborate across scientific disciplines in the effort to prevent or contain disease.

Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
PhD Immunology/microbiology + 2 certifications in biosafety ( American Society of Microbiology Specialist Microbiologist National Registry of certified microbiologists (SM NRCM) and the American Biological Safety Association Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP).

Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
For biosafety I would get a Fellowship at the National Institute of Health. Their Biosafety Fellowship is called the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Program (NBBTP)