The host application for the 2019-2020 class of the Ronald Laessig Newborn Screening Fellowship has closed. The information below pertains to the Newborn Screening Bioinformatics and Data Analytics Fellowship.

Apply to Become a Host LabApply by February 29, 2020

​APHL is now accepting applications for laboratories interested in hosting a Newborn Screening Bioinformatics and Data Analytics Fellow. The application period for host laboratories for the Newborn Screening Bioinformatics and Data Analytics Fellowship will close February 29, 2020. All APHL member local and state public health newborn screening laboratories are eligible to apply to host a newborn screening fellow. ​Please review the eligibility criteria below and contact Hiral Desai, specialist, Newborn Screening & Genetics Bioinformatics at with questions.

Instructions and Requirements

The host laboratory staff must demonstrate the ability to provide a high quality training experience and research opportunities for the fellow, in accordance with the program timeline. In addition to laboratory-specific work, fellows participate in distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory core competencies. There is no guarantee that an eligible laboratory will receive a fellow.

​Host Laboratories

Potential host laboratories must:

  • Demonstrate need for the project.

  • Specify how the proposed project for the fellow fits laboratory strategic objectives and will benefit laboratory practices.

  • Provide clear timelines and defined objectives and describe how hosting the fellow will integrate with and advance programmatic activities.

  • Designate a mentor and provide administrative and programmatic support. Host laboratories will assign the fellow a mentor who will outline the objectives of each fellow's assigned project(s) and provide guidance for the duration of the program. The assigned mentor at the host laboratory and be responsible for the development of the fellow.

  • Allow the fellow sufficient time away from the proposed laboratory-specific work to participate in APHL-led distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory core competencies. This distance-based training is expected to take up to 30% of the fellow's time during the program.

  • Supply the fellow with appropriate office and laboratory space, facilities, technical and clerical support. This includes an email account, and access to necessary equipment and personnel.

  • Be an APHL member laboratory.


​Potential mentors must:

  • Be a full-time employee at the host laboratory.

  • Hold a supervisory level position as a newborn screening laboratorian or other public health role.

  • Have research or training experience/goals complimentary to the fellow's project.

  • Be available and accessible for the duration of the program.

  • Meet weekly with the fellow to review progress.

  • Provide a realistic appraisal of the fellow's goals and performance based on objectives agreed upon at the beginning of the assignment.

  • Provide constructive criticism and enthusiastic support to the fellow.

  • Provide semi-annual reports to APHL and CDC fellowship leads on the fellow's performance in the laboratory and on his or her progress with the designated project.

Application and Selection Process

Apply to Become a Host LabApply by February 29, 2020

Interested laboratories must apply to host a Newborn Screening Bioinformatics and Data Analytics Fellow for consideration. Information must include host lab environment, up to two project proposal and mentor biography. Please email your completed application to


A selection panel composed of representatives from APHL, member laboratories and CDC will evaluate each host laboratory application. Selection will be based on:

  • Strength of the proposed project including applicability of project goals and outcomes to broader public health applications and integration of state public health programs into the proposed project(s),

  • Demonstration of the mentor's ability to meet requirements as outlined above and

  • Degree to which the fellowship pool will meet the needs of the host laboratory.


  • November 2019 - Applications open

  • February 29, 2020 - Applications due

  • March 2020 - Review process

  • April 2020 - Initial status update of applications

  • April 2020 - Matching process for finalists

  • May 2020 - Final decisions and matches​ 

  • July 2020 - Fellows begin (Start dates can be flexible)​

*Fellowship start date is flexible upon approval of APHL, fellow and host lab


Please email Hiral Desai at with any questions about the application process for host laboratories.