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FELLOWS APHL Fellows Thrive in Host Labs and Beyond by Heather Roney, MA, manager, Fellowship Programs From Fellows to Full-time Dr. Alesha Stewart was hired as a full- time Chemist III at the Texas Department of State Health Services Laboratory, and another former AR Laboratory fellow, Dr. Lisa Leung, has accepted a position with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a reviewer for microdiagnostic devices. APHL also congratulates former EID Laboratory Fellow Kara Levinson who was hired as Deputy Director of the Tennessee Public Health Laboratory. A Welcome to New Fellows APHL welcomes new Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellow Valerie Patritti who began her fellowship at the New York City Department of Health Public Health Laboratory in January. She replaces former fellow Moinuddin Chowdhury who accepted a permanent position as a research scientist at the laboratory. APHL welcomed two Newborn Screening, Bioinformatics and Data Analytics fellows in January: • Jessica Choi Respress, MS, a recent graduate of Georgia State University, will be working with the Wadsworth Center’s Bioinformatics Core and Applied Genomics Technologies Cluster to set up and validate variant calling pipelines for custom multi- gene panels relevant to severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), Krabbe disease, Pompe disease, X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), mucopolysaccharidosis type 1 (MPS 1), and guanidinoacetate methyltransferase deficiency (GAMT). AMD Academy intermediate bioinformatics training for microbiologists had a strong fellow presence. NBS Bioinformatics Fellow Samantha Marcellus and AR Fellow Lindsay Parnell attended as students and Bioinformatics Fellows alumni Sean Wang and Kevin Libuit and former AR Fellow Kelsey Florek served as faculty • Bryce Asay, PhD, a recent graduate from Colorado State University, will be developing a universal next-generation sequencing analysis pipeline that can address second tier testing requirements for clinical disorders in newborns. This will include expansion on current diagnosis methodology to all clinical newborn disorders reported in the literature, variant curation, variant database development, and the creation of an automated pipeline to update the developed database with novel newborn screening findings for variants of interest. The two join Samantha Marcellus, MPH, and Charles Roberts, MS, who began their fellowships in July and September respectively. Fellow Applications in Review APHL is now recruiting PhD-level bench scientists for the Ronald Laessig Memorial Newborn Screening Fellowship, hosted at the Maryland Department of Health in Baltimore, MD, and the Division of Consolidated Laboratory services in Richmond, VA. The association also is reviewing applications for the 2020 cohort of Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Laboratory fellows and potential host laboratories, as well as applications for the 2020 class of Bioinformatics fellows. Review is expected to be completed by late spring with launch of the new programs in summer 2020. n Meanwhile, Bioinformatics fellows are deep into their fellowship, and engaged in issues from vector borne diseases to influenza. Fellow alumni continue to support development of a bioinformatics workforce at public health laboratories.  32 LAB MATTERS Winter 2020 PublicHealthLabs @APHL