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FEATURE years—when she will have earned a DrPH degree—she hopes to be an assistant director. And in ten years, she is aiming for a position where “I can have more of a positive impact on the lab, which can be achieved by attaining a laboratory directorship.” “My goal is to help guide the next phase of public health laboratory development and have us become less siloed,” said Trammell. “Having the opportunity to hear what these other departments are working on really helps the laboratory to see where we should go next and shows staff how important their work is.” Asked what she would change about her job, if she could, Trammell doesn’t hesitate to respond: (1) more advancement opportunities, (2) more PublicHealthLabs @APHL training opportunities and (3) more funding for cutting-edge technology and research. “It’s about helping,” she said. “We can’t be afraid to experiment with new approaches” Y ounger scientists aren’t the only ones thinking about the future of the public health laboratory. Ren Salerno, PhD, director of the Division of Laboratory Systems at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), believes that “if we want to retain and develop the next generation of laboratory physicians and scientists, we need to put them into an environment where they feel supported as well as empowered.” I didn’t want to lose any opportunities to work in a lab; that’s where I enjoy being.” Stephanie Trammell, MPH Fall 2018 LAB MATTERS 9