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Dr. Lindler joined the DHS Science and Technology Directorate in October 2003 as a Senior Science Advisor. Dr. Lindler currently serves as the DHS S&T liaison to the DOD Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC). There he serves as the public health laboratory consultant and provides expertise to both DOD as well as DHS about current infectious disease threats from a global perspective. He currently serves on the Joint Influenza Surveillance Working Group for DOD, is the DOD representative to the Interagency Influenza Diagnostics Working Group, as well as senior advisor to DOD Health Affairs on technical diagnostic issues that affect force health protection. He currently manages several projects related to infectious disease for the AFHSC. The most notable is to bring forward deployed rapid molecular diagnostics to DOD forward deployed forces. He also serves on the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center review committee for DHS S&T and has participated in the national Material Threat Assessment and Biological Risk Assessment programs. His first position within DHS was as the Science Advisor for the NBACC. He helped plan the NBACC forensics and threat characterization programs as well as the first DHS laboratory building on the Fort Detrick National Biodefense Campus. Before joining DHS, Dr. Lindler was a leader in the US Army Biodefense program. He was a principle investigator at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research leading a team of professionals studying the pathogenesis of the plague bacterium. He served on the Army’s plague vaccine steering committee and the emerging threats steering committee within the Biodefense program. The peak of his career with the Army culminated with his senior editorship of the well-acclaimed Biodefense book entitled, “Biological Weapons Defense; Infectious Diseases and Counterbioterrorism.” Dr. Lindler was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Susan Straley at the University of Kentucky in Lexington from 1987 until 1989. Dr. Lindler received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Medical College of Virginia in 1987, his Masters of Science in Microbiology from Clemson University in 1981 and his Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Technology from Lenoir Rhyne College in North Carolina in 1978.
Infectious diseases, Bioterrorism, Biodefense