Nathan Ledeboer
Email: nledeboe@mcw.edu
Degree: PhD
Telephone: 414-805-7556
Employer: Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin  53226


Primary Employer: College/University; Other N/A
Scientific Specialty: Clinical microbiology or immunology; Other N/A
Job Title: Director, Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics
Years in position: 6
Day to day responsibilities:
I oversee the medical and technical operations of a high volume academic reference laboratory. My primary focus is to provide medical oversight of the microbiology and molecular diagnostics laboratories, but also consult with clinicians on selection and interpretation of laboratory tests in the context of the patients medical, social and travel history. In addition to my clinical responsibilities, I also run a research laboratory focused on development of novel technologies to diagnose infectious diseases.

What do you love about your job?
The greatest part of my job is that it directly impacts patient care. We recently completed FDA trials for a new test that can detect bacteria in positive blood cultures 48 hours earlier than conventional techniques. This type of test has the potential to reduce mortality associated with sepsis, in addition to allowing my colleagues to better manage their patients.

Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
To serve as the medical director of a clinical laboratory you are required to have an MD, PhD, or DO. In addition to your degree you are required to complete a residency (MDs or Dos) and/or fellowship in clinical microbiology. Fellowship training will prepare you for board certification in clinical microbiology.

Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
Seek the best training program in clinical microbiology that is available and be prepared to learn a great deal of medicine.