Mark Pandori, Ph.D., named as director of Nevada State Public Health Laboratory

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UNR Med has named Mark Pandori, Ph.D., as director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory and associate professor in UNR Med's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Mark Pandori, Ph.D., director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory and associate professor in UNR Med's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. UNR Med photo by Brin Reynolds. 

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) has named Mark Pandori, Ph.D., as director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) and associate professor in UNR Med's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

As Director of the NSPHL, Pandori will utilize his 15 years of comprehensive laboratory management and research experience to lead Nevada's centralized lab that protects, maintains and improves the health of Nevada citizens and visitors through the rapid detection of public health threats. Among the NSPHL's programs and services includes surveillance of infectious and communicable diseases, emergency response to biological and chemical terrorism, environmental health and safety of water, monitoring and identifying the outbreak of foodborne diseases, and Nevada's newborn screening program.  

In addition, Pandori will advance the NSPHL's research and collaboration opportunities throughout Nevada. He will facilitate partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, state and federal agencies, hospitals, state and county health districts and departments, and future collaboration with the UNLV School of Medicine.  

Pandori will also serve as a full-time faculty member at UNR Med, teaching medical students, fellows and residents in the field of microbiology.  

Established in 1909, the NSPHL is part of the University of Nevada, Reno and located on the University campus, as part of UNR Med. As such, the governance of the NSPHL is by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.  

"It's extremely exciting to have someone of Dr. Pandori's impressive credentials joining the NSPHL to create awareness of what the state lab is, what it does and how it contributes to the health and safety of all Nevadans," said UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. "He epitomizes public service, commitment to research excellence and integrity, and commitment to education, which will serve the NSPHL and our medical students well."  

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to serve Nevada citizens in matters of health and safety," said Pandori. "The NSPHL does very important work for Nevada, as it operates as a first line of defense to protect the public against diseases and other health hazards. I look forward to working with the NSPHL team and partners throughout the state to ensure the Lab continues to excel in its mission to serve the citizens of Nevada, and remain successful well into the future."   

Most recently, Pandori served as the director of the Alameda County Public Health Laboratory in Oakland, California, and was an associate clinical professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.  

Pandori earned his Bachelor of Science degree in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley; his Ph.D. in biomedical science, virology, from the University of California, San Diego; a Certification in public health microbiology, public health microbiology from the California Department of Health and completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School.  

Pandori is board certified as a high complexity laboratory director by the American Board of Bioanalysis and is certified as a public health microbiologist by the State of California.  

Pandori's professional affiliations are extensive, including service with the American Society for Microbiology, Northern California Branch: American Society for Microbiology (ASM), American Association of Bioanalysts and Association of Public Health Laboratories.  

Pandori has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has received multiple awards and honors. His research on the use of molecular methods for the rapid detection and description of infectious organisms was published in Scientific American. Pandori has also been featured on the cover of CAP Today.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Released: Tuesday December 10, 2019 @ 7:30 AM