Junior Fellows

Jennifer Diethelm, MPH

Jennifer Diethelm earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Allegheny College during which time she coordinated disease ecology research and completed an undergraduate thesis on the treatment of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infected amphibians. She also had the privilege of presenting these findings at the Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Conference.  Diethelm then earned her Master’s in Public Health from the University of California Davis where she researched pesticide efficacy among native mosquito species at the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District for her graduate thesis. The research contributed real -time data on resistance and susceptibility of native mosquito species as part of the county-wide integrated pest management program. Pursuing a long-time commitment to One Health, the collaborative effort to integrate the knowledge of numerous professions to find new and holistic approaches to complex issues impacting global health, she volunteered to help establish the One Health Bat Rabies Education Team. Jennifer chose the NBBTP Fellowship training to combine her passions for public health and safe research in pursuit of her biosafety career goals.

Zhong Qian, PhD  

Dr. Qian completed his BS in Biology with a concentration in environmental microbiology from Zhejiang University and his doctoral degree in Genetics with specialty in molecular microbiology from Chinese Academy of Sciences in China. During his Ph.D. study, he was focusing on the regulation mechanism of sugar metabolism in thermophilic bacterium, Thermoanaerobacter tengcongensis. He discovered a novel gal operon and revealed the two-component regulation mechanism as well a new glucokinase which is not ATP-dependent. Then he joined Dr. Sankar Adhya’s laboratory in National Cancer Institute in the US. He started to work on chromosome structure in E. coli. He characterized a novel role of galactose repressor and discovered a new non-coding RNA, which significantly contributes to DNA condensation in the cell. He then found the DNA-RNA interaction is important for the condensation function of ncRNA in chromosome structure. Dr. Qian has received the “outstanding young scientist” award from Human Proteome Organization and invitations for oral presentation from ASM. He has published his research data in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and been invited for review articles. Dr. Qian has great interests in learning and applying biosafety and biosecurity to promote a safe research environment internationally.

Senior Fellows

Anthony Gresko, Ph.D.

Dr. Gresko earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Biology from Towson University and his doctorate in Infectious Diseases from the University of Georgia. As a recipient of the Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award for the NIH, he researched California serogroup bunyaviruses for characterization and vaccine research in mouse and non-human primate models for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. While at UGA, his research focused on virus-host interaction using RNA-interference technology to determine the role of target genes in influenza A virus replication, as well as investigating both the virological and immunological effects of co-infections with influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus. His work revealed an effect and potential role of the chemokine receptor CX3CR1 on influenza a virus replication. He has received multiple travel awards for attending American Society of Virology meetings while also presenting his data during these meetings. Dr. Gresko is interested in utilizing biosafety and biosecurity concepts internationally to create effective measures facilitating research with infectious diseases as well as training and education to promote global health.

Maria M. Landron, Ph.D.

Dr. Maria M. Landron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Prior to her Masters of Public Health (General Public Health) program at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, Dr. Landron experienced a Summer Internship at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Toxicology, where she later pursued her Doctor of Public Health degree with concentration in Health Services Management. At that time she found practicum opportunities in the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Puerto Rico Health Department, where she was able to develop an understanding of public health preparedness systems at both the local and state level, respectively. During her time as a student, she also wrote a mini-grant proposal for the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research - "Assuring the Future of Public Health Systems Research" Dissertation and Junior Faculty Awards - which she received for her dissertation project titled “Comparing Public Health Emergency Preparedness Services Across States and Local Agencies”. Prior to joining NBBTP, Dr. Landron worked in the private sector for a number of years, excelling in professional growth and expanding her expertise. Dr. Landron aspires to further expand her skill set in the NBBTP and hopes her experiences in the Fellowship lead to a career that promotes the well-being of people and the environment.

Eric Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Florida. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. As a doctoral student, he studied tick-borne relapsing fever agent Borrelia hermsii pathogenesis and identified and characterized a fibronectin-binding protein produced by that species. As a doctoral student, he also served in multiple leadership roles, including being a teaching assistant for multiple biological science lectures and laboratory classes as well as being a councilmember on the campus Advisory Council on Diversity. After he completed his doctoral studies, Dr. Lewis moved to Flagstaff, AZ to perform postdoctoral research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) North and Northern Arizona University (NAU). During his time at TGen North and NAU he characterized the early host innate immune response to pulmonary coccidioidomycosis in a murine model of disease. Most recently he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Medical Branch where he examined mammalian host immune responses to Burkholderia pseudomalleiB. mallei, and the B. cepacia complex. Dr. Lewis has presented his research at several national scientific meetings and published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals. During his previous positions he also mentored multiple undergraduate student researchers and other laboratorians.