APHL is now accepting applications for laboratories interested in hosting a Ron Laessig Newborn Screening Fellow. The application period for host laboratories for the Ron Laessig Newborn Screening Fellowship will close September 9, 2019. All APHL member local and state public health newborn screening laboratories are eligible to apply to host a newborn screening fellow. Please note that the Newborn Screening Bioinformatics Fellowship​ is not currently accepting applications for host laboratories. ​Please review the eligibility criteria below and then complete the PDF host laboratory application for the Ron Laessig Newborn Screening Fellowship. If you have any questions, please contact hiral.desai@aphl.org.

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.
  • 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

Interested laboratories must submit an application form to APHL for consideration, including information on the host lab environment, a project proposal and mentor biography. Applications are due by September 9, 2019. Please email your completed application to Newborn Screening & Genetics Bioinformatics Specialist, Hiral Desai (hiral.desai@aphl.org).


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.


The application for 2019-2020 Ron Laessig fellowship has opened.

  • August 2019 - Applications open
  • September 9, 2019 - Applications close
  • September 2019 - Application review process
  • October - November 2019 - Fellow recruitment process
  • December 2019 - Final selection of fellow candidate
  • January 2020* - Fellowship begins​

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


Please email hiral.desai@aphl.org with any questions about the application process for host laboratories.