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*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available within the National Center for Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
Research Project: Objectives of the project:
Acanthamoeba species: Only 11 of the 26 Acanthamoeba species are pathogenic. Sequence-based species identification tools are not yet available for Acanthamoeba.. The FLIA lab will use 50+ year collection of clinical and environmental Acanthamoeba isolates to perform WGS. Samples will include two to three representative isolates from a given species with priority given to pathogenic Acanthamoeba species.
Naegleria fowleri: The FLIA lab’s novel N. fowleri genotyping tool was preliminarily evaluated in recent primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) case investigations, but additional validations are required for final QA/QC of the method. Existing amplicons of the four loci from the tool will be used from a selection of representative isolates.
Method: MiSeq-based amplicon sequencing will be completed by CDC BCFB. Data will be analyzed by multiple sequence alignment to compare obtained sequences.
Significance: Validated, easily implemented tools are important for clinical care and prevention of high consequence pathogen infections caused by Acanthamoeba and N. fowleri. Acanthamoeba species can cause diverse human diseases ranging from highly fatal brain infection, vision threatening Acanthamoeba keratitis, to less severe skin lesions. However, links between Acanthamoeba species and clinical manifestation are unclear. Here, molecular tools will be developed to identify clinical outcomes of Acanthamoeba infections, ready to transfer to clinical laboratories. For N. fowleri case investigations, our validated genotyping tools will be critical for accurate environmental source attribution, leading to PAM prevention strategies in the future.
Once trained, the fellow will perform the above activities with supervision from the FLIA lab PI.
The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
Candidates with some laboratory work experience preferred.
I certify that I have not previously been employed by CDC or by a contractor working directly for CDC. I understand that CDC does not permit individuals with a prior employment relationship with CDC or its contractors to participate as trainees in the ORISE program. (Exceptions may be granted for individuals who, since the previous CDC employment, have obtained a new STEM degree which necessitates training in a new field.)