Bio: Reynolds (Ren) Salerno is the Director of the Division of Laboratory Systems at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is also the Designated Federal Official of the US Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee. His division at CDC works to strengthen the United States clinical and public health laboratory system by continually improving quality and safety, informatics and data science, and workforce competency. His technical expertise is laboratory biorisk management, and he is currently the lead author for the International Organization for Standardization’s technical standard 35001 on laboratory biorisk management.
Before joining the CDC in 2016, Salerno had a 17-year career at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, where he oversaw research in Sandia’s biological laboratories, and supported the United States government’s global health security agenda as a technical adviser to hundreds of laboratories in over 50 countries. He is co-author of Laboratory Biosecurity Handbook, and co-editor of Laboratory Biorisk Management.
Salerno has served on the Board of the International Federation of Biosafety Associations, the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, the US Defense Science Board’s Task Force on Deterring, Preventing, and Responding to the Threat or Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and as an advisor to the World Health Organization. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the American Biological Safety Association, and the Association for Public Health Laboratories.