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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:40

Disease Expertise with the Big Cheese: CDC Deputy Director Anne Schuchat

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Anne Schuchat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the front lines of the war against infectious diseases, and Anne Schuchat, M.D. has been the Deputy Director of CDC since 2015.  She has been at the CDC since 1988 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including stints as the acting director in 2017 and 2018. 

Dr. Schuchat has played key roles in a number of emergency responses by the CDC, including the bioterrorist attacks in 2001, the SARS outbreak in 2003, and the H1N1 outbreak in 2009.  She has worked all over the world combatting a number of infectious disease threats. 

Dr. Schuchat discusses current and future disease threats, the difference between perceived versus actual threats, and her experience with Hollywood during the filming of the movie Contagion.  

microTalk recorded this discussion with Dr. Schuchat at the American Society for Microbiology Microbe 2018 meeting in Atlanta Georgia.  

The microCase for listeners to solve is about Patricia Zaragoza, a backup dancer turned celebrity who gets sick after helping with relief efforts post-hurricane Maria.



  • Karl Klose, Ph.D. (UTSA)
  • Anne Schuchat, M.D. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • Janakiram Seshu, Ph.D. (UTSA)
  • Jesus Romo (UTSA)

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Last modified on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:56
Karl Klose

Karl Klose, Ph.D. is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Texas San Antonio, the Director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID), and host of microTalk. He oversees the research on infectious diseases that is carried out in his laboratory by undergraduate, Masters’, and Ph.D. students, as well as research staff. He also teaches microbiology to undergraduate and graduate students.

Karl is enthusiastic about enlightening people to the fascinating world of microbes.  He has given two TED talks on antibiotic resistance. He has been a visiting professor in Kolkata India and Valparaiso Chile.  He has spent the past two years visiting ASM branch meetings through the Distinguished Lecturer program.  You can find Karl on Twitter and you can find STCEID on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.