Posted by Larry Madoff, MD, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Bureau of Laboratory Sciences
We are very pleased to welcome Michael Pentella, PhD as the new Director of the Bureau of Laboratory Sciences at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute.
Dr. Pentella was previously the Associate Director of the Iowa state public health laboratory and also a Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Public Health of the University of Iowa. He has over 30 years of experience in clinical and public health laboratories and is board certified in medical microbiology and infection control. He earned a PhD in Infectious Disease from the University of South Florida, a MS in Clinical Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University, and a BS in Microbiology from Ohio State University.
As associate director for disease testing at the Iowa lab, Dr. Pentella was responsible for quality assurance and continuous quality improvement at the facility. He serves on a number of national and statewide committees, and is especially interested in the area of infectious diseases and preparedness. At the University of Iowa, Dr. Pentella lectured widely on various topics of public health importance, in addition to authoring numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters.
We feel very lucky to welcome Dr. Pentella to DPH and know that his knowledge and expertise will serve as a great benefit to all residents of the Commonwealth.