Please join us in welcoming our latest additions to the Battelle Health and Analytics team. Their research and clinical expertise will help us to continue to expand our public health research programs and services.
Dr. Summer Galloway joined the Battelle Technical Onsite Professional Services (TOPS) team in November to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) global and U.S. policy regarding influenza surveillance and response as well as seasonal and pandemic vaccine improvements and next generation vaccine development. In this role, she works directly with the Director of the CDC World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center, one of six global research centers working together to track the spread of different strains of influenza and plan vaccine development and response activities.
Summer is an accomplished infectious disease scientist with deep experience in biosurveillance; emerging infectious diseases; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat reduction; national security policy; science and technology policy; and public health.
She holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology from the University of Tennessee. She later completed post-doctoral work and served on the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine, where she was an investigator for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS). Her work for NIAID included independent research on the factors that affect influenza A virus replication and cross-species transmission.
Prior to coming to Battelle, she was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs for the Department of Defense (DoD). Here, she provided oversight of DoD’s activities under the Global Health Security Agenda and developed policy and strategic objectives for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threat reduction programs in Eurasia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Her work at CDC will support global and U.S. policy as well as global surveillance of influenza, which informs development of the seasonal flu vaccines.
She is currently focused on an initiative to assess the potential to standardize serology data across the Collaborating Centers as well as ongoing risk assessment analysis, strategic planning and innovation for improving the seasonal vaccine process. Please join us in welcoming Summer to the TOPS team and the CDC Collaborating Center.
Battelle is pleased to welcome Brian Lane in his new role with the Battelle Technical Onsite Professional Services (TOPS) team. Brian joined TOPS in October 2016 and is currently embedded in the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) laboratories in Georgia. In this role, he leads a team responsible for improving laboratory quality and safety systems across more than 250 CDC/NIOSH laboratories.
Brian brings extensive experience in laboratory safety and quality assurance. Prior to joining the TOPS team, he worked directly for the CDC as the Laboratory Quality and Data Manager for the CDC Tobacco Laboratory. He served in a similar role with the CDC Tobacco Laboratory during a previous engagement with Battelle from 2013-2014. Brian holds an M.S. in Medical Science from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University.
Over his 20-year career, he has held a number of laboratory technician, management and quality roles in government and commercial labs. He has also served on several advisory committees and working groups for the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and other industry groups. In 2015, he received the Excellence in Laboratory Quality Award from the National Centers for Environmental Health.
At the CDC, Brian directly supports the Directors of Laboratory Science and Laboratory Safety as the agency works towards upgrading and modernizing their laboratory processes. Brian’s broad experience with applying quality systems, including ISO/IEC 17025, across different laboratory environments will help the CDC develop compliant quality systems tailored to the unique needs of each of their labs. Please join us in welcoming Brian to the TOPS team.