Program Faculty


The following are affiliated faculty for the Certificate Program in Laboratory Leadership and Management:

Jennifer Antilla, MPH, lead instructor for Laboratory Information and Stakeholder Communication course (2016)

Senior Program Manager and Informatics Capacity Building Advisor with I-TECH at the University of Washington. Ms. Antilla has a Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Ms. Antilla provides technical guidance on strategies to strengthen country capacity in all aspects of electronic medical records and laboratory information system implementation, from leadership engagement to feature specification development, user training to deployment to establishing technical support system and supporting greater data use. Ms. Antilla is currently responsible for programmatic management and technical leadership of laboratory information system (LIS) development, implementation, and support at target laboratories in Cote d’Ivoire. 

Ann Downer, MS, EdD, lead instructor for Laboratory Leadership course (2014, 2016)

Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at University of Washington, and the founding Director of I-TECH. Dr. Downer currently is Executive Director of I-TECH and Principal Investigator for multiple global health implementation science awards at I-TECH, and co-chairs the Department of Global Health's program on distance learning. She has more than 35 years of experience in educational and organizational leadership, and has worked in public schools and public health systems her entire professional life, including programs devoted to reproductive health, child health, and infectious disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Downer holds advanced degrees in Educational Leadership and has a particular interest in global health and development. 

Jean-Frederic Flandin, MS, PhD, lead instructor for Laboratory Management course (2016), trainer for Laboratory Systems (2016)

Laboratory System Implementation Specialist with I-TECH at the University of Washington. Dr. Flandin has a doctorate (PhD) in Immunology and Virology from the Institut Armand-Frappier/Institut Pasteur du Canada, and a Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the Universite de Montreal. He is a public health microbiologist who has worked at the public health laboratory of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, with Emory University in Kigali, Rwanda as manager of an International Aids Vaccine Initiative clinical trials laboratory, and at the National Reference Laboratory of Rwanda as a technical advisor. He also served as a country expert in the development of the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Network with colleagues in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Robert Martin, MPH, PhD, lead instructor for Law and Regulation of Laboratory Practice (2014), trainer for Laboratory Systems (2014)

Professor in the Department of Global Health at University of Washington, and former Director of Laboratory System Strengthening and Informatics at I-TECH. Dr. Martin has an extensive background in laboratory practice in both clinical and public health settings, including: directing and managing laboratories, addressing state and national policies governing the practice of laboratory medicine, and supporting laboratory capacity development in resource-limited countries. At CDC he was executive director of CLIAC, the Federal Advisory Committee that co-governs the practice of laboratory medicine in the US. At CDC Dr. Martin also held the positions of Acting Director of the National Center for Public Health Informatics and Director of the Division of Laboratory Systems. He developed the Laboratory Systems Branch to strengthen laboratory capacity both domestically and internationally, and worked with the CDC Global AIDS Program, Department of Defense, World Bank, and World Health Organization in Africa, Southeast Asia and Central Asia to address strengthening of laboratory systems. Dr. Martin, with Dr. Perrone, created and developed the Professional Certificate Program in Laboratory Leadership and Management.

Ali Mokdad, PhD, lead instructor for Analysis and Communication of Laboratory Information (2014)

Professor of Global Health and Director of Middle Eastern Initiatives at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at University of Washington. Dr. Mokdad previously worked at CDC in numerous positions with the International Health Program; the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity; the National Immunization Program; and the National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Promotion, where he was Chief of the Behavioral Surveillance Branch. Dr. Mokdad managed and directed the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the world’s largest standardized telephone survey, which enables CDC, state health departments, and other health and education agencies to monitor risk behaviors related to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. He received his BS in Biostatistics from the American University of Beirut and his PhD in quantitative epidemiology from Emory University.

Lucy Perrone, MSPH, PhD, lead instructor for Implementation of Diagnostic Technology (2014), trainer for Laboratory Systems (2014, 2016)

Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at University of Washington, and Technical Lead for Laboratory System Strengthening at I-TECH. Dr. Perrone is a public health laboratory advisor specialized in infectious disease diagnosis, surveillance and response, and laboratory capacity building in resource-limited countries. At CDC’s Influenza Division, she supported the WHO global laboratory surveillance program for seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza, and worked with laboratories in Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America to improve their diagnostic and surveillance methods. Dr. Perrone also served as the IHR focal point for the 37 member states in WHO-Western Pacific Region during the 2009 influenza pandemic. Dr. Perrone holds degrees in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease Pathology and has numerous publications. Dr. Perrone is co-creator/developer and Director of the Certificate Program.

Olusegun Soge, MSc, PhD, lead instructor for Implementation of Diagnostic Technology (2014), trainer for Laboratory Systems (2016)

Co-Director of the University of Washington Global Health Sexually Transmitted Infections Laboratory comprising the Neisseria Reference Laboratory and the Chlamydia Laboratory. Dr. Soge is a microbiologist with expertise in molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology, surveillance of antimicrobial resistance, and genetic characterization of antimicrobial resistance of sexually transmitted pathogens and other clinically important pathogenic bacteria. Dr. Soge collaborates with CDC, and the State Department of Health-STD/HIV in five US states and their Public Health Laboratories, to monitor trends in gonococcal antimicrobial resistance and provide data to guide evidence‐based selection of effective treatment regimens for gonorrhea. He is a collaborator and microbiologist expert on the US military surveillance of antimicrobial-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae protocol involving clinic sites in the US, Kenya, Djibouti, Ghana, and Peru.

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