*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch (EDLB), Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Research Project: A large percentage of foodborne outbreaks in the United States are connected to complex foods, that is, foods that have many ingredients. Often the identity of the contaminated ingredient cannot be determined. The selected participant will be involved with the PulseNet, Reference, Outbreak, and Surveillance (PROS) Team in close collaboration with the Bioinformatics and Metagenomics Team and other teams within the Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch (EDLB), as well as colleagues from the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch (EDEB), to better understand these outbreaks. The fellow will learn about Salmonella pathogenesis and genomics by analyzing whole genome sequence (WGS) data obtained from both historic and contemporary outbreaks along with sequences from geographically and temporally diverse sporadic Salmonella isolates recovered from throughout the United States. The fellow will also characterize the isolates using traditional microbiological techniques, develop and validate new analytic methods to address public health priorities, and generate reports to communicate findings with partners via in-person and virtual meetings within and outside CDC, and contribute to scientific publications.
The following are the main objectives of the project:
- Improve understanding of Salmonella strains linked to outbreaks that are connected to complex foods in which the contaminated ingredient(s) could not be determined by:
- characterizing isolates linked to multiple-ingredient foods outbreaks caused by Salmonella
- assessing whether there are genetic similarities shared by Salmonella serotypes in outbreaks linked to consumption of meats, particularly chicken and ground beef, each as a single ingredient and as part of a complex food
- Determine whether genomic markers can be incorporated into routine analyses of isolates to flag possible associations with outbreaks linked to complex foods.
- Learn how CDC communicates with agency partners, regulatory agencies, industry, consumer groups, and the public about outbreak-associated illnesses.
Learning Objectives: This project will help the fellow learn more about our prevention priorities of decreasing the large burden of Salmonella illnesses due to chicken and beef. The fellow will acquire collaborative skills collaborating with partners and those skills needed to conduct the research likely to result in major reductions in Salmonella illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths. Furthermore, the fellow will understand new analysis methods while enhancing our understanding of Salmonella.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Carolina Luquez (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: October 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.NCEZID@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.