Jana Ritter, DVM
Pathologist, CHAMPS and CDC
Jana Ritter, DVM, Diplomate ACVP, is a pathologist in the CHAMPS Central Pathology Laboratory, the Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She joined IDPB in 2010 and currently leads their histology and veterinary pathology teams.
At CDC, in addition to routine surveillance for pathogens of potential high public impact such as influenza and tuberculosis, she is also involved in the pathologic evaluation of tissues for outbreak investigations, such as the 2012 multistate fungal meningitis outbreak associated with steroid injections, the 2013 nontuberculous mycobacterial outbreak associated with Chinese fish markets in New York, the investigation of multiple transplant associated infections, and the ongoing Zika virus outbreak in South America.
Additionally, Dr. Ritter collaborates with CDC investigators to develop and evaluate animal models of human disease, especially nonhuman primate models to assess risk factors for HIV infection and rodent models of human smallpox infection. She has particular interests in the pathology and epidemiology of zoonotic and vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.
Prior to joining CDC, she completed her pathology residency at Michigan State University, and spent a short time as a medical device pathology consultant. She received her DVM from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and her BS in Biochemistry from Clemson University.