The Ronald H. Laessig Memorial Newborn Screening Fellowship honors Ronald H. Laessig, the former director of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and a national leader in newborn screening, by preparing laboratory scientists for careers in newborn screening and/or genetics research. The fellowship strengthens "local, state and federal public health infrastructures to support surveillance and implement prevention and control programs,” as stated in the CDC prevention strategy goal.


Candidates should hold a PhD and indicate interest in conducting newborn screening and/or genetics research in a public health laboratory. Applicants will be screened by the host laboratory as well as by the selection team.

The selected candidate will receive intensive training in newborn screening laboratory practice at a state public health laboratory, and an introduction to newborn screening follow-up, treatment and management.


Interested individuals should check this page for the next call for applications, anticipated to be in summer 2017.


For more information, contact Guisou Zarbalian, senior specialist, Newborn Screening & Genetics,, 240.485.2736.