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Dianna Blau, DVM, PhD

Managing Director of Science


Dr. Dianna Blau is seconded to CHAMPS from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and serves as the Managing Director for Science. In this role she is responsible for and provides direction and expert advice on all aspects of the surveillance, public health, diagnostic and cause of death determination activities related to CHAMPS implementation.

Dr. Blau began her career with the CDC in 2008, assigned to the Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB) in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease (NCEZID) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. Prior to joining CDC, she was an Army Veterinary Medical Officer and worked at the US Army Research Institute for Infectious Disease (USAMRIID) as Chief, In vivo Studies in the Diagnostics System Division.

She initially joined CHAMPS in 2015 as the Laboratory and Diagnostics Lead, where she developed and implemented the CHAMPS diagnostic protocols and Determination of Cause of Death (DeCoDe) process. Prior to her work for CHAMPS, Dr. Blau was a Senior Advisor for Science, and Team Lead for Unexplained Deaths and Epidemiology, in the IDPB Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP). Additionally, from 2013-2014, she served as Acting Associate Director for Epidemiologic Science for DHCPP, and as Deputy Associate Director for Science (ADS) for the CDC Ebola Response in 2014-2015.

Dr. Blau holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from Emory University, where she conducted research on measles virus pathogenesis in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. She is also a Diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine.

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