​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​amd-dnaswirl-2023-400.pngAbout AMD Days

CDC OAMD and APHL have co-sponsored AMD day, AMD 2-day, Virtual AMD-days, and now AMD days since 2016.  This symposium began as an opportunity for OAMD funded CDC projects to be shared and presented.  It has evolved to be an opportunity for state and local public health laboratories, CDC laboratories to present their work, network, and hear from leaders in the field.  We are excited to bring back AMD-days!  This event will be held September 12-14, 2023 at the CDC Roybal Campus in Atlanta, GA.  ​


In-person registration for AMD Days is now closed. Registration for virtual attendance can be completed below.

Virtual Registration


A copy of the most updated program, inclu​​ding a list of abstracts and the agenda, and biographies on all of our speakers can be found below.

Updated Program 
Speaker Biographies


Please email Christin Hanigan, Manager, AMD christin.hanigan@aphl.org with any questions.  

Draft Agenda for 2023 meeting

TUESDAY - September 12, 2023

08:00 - 09:00Registration​​Lobby
09:00-09:15Opening RemarksAud ACDC​
09:15-10:45Plenary Session: State of OAMD and 10-Year AnniversaryAud A

​​Duncan MacCannell, PhD, CDC, OAMD​

11:00-11:40Speed Dating, Round 1​Aud A
11:40 – 1:00Poster Session 1​Lobby
12:00 – 1:00Lunch 
01:00 – 02:00Round Robin PresentationsAud A 

Performance Evaluation of Read Mapping Tools for Us​e-case Optimization and Reproducibility of Public Health Research

​​​Matthew Seabolt, CDC Leidos

​Nextflow Metagenomic Pipeline Can Accurately Form an Assembled Genome from Shotgun Metagenome Sequencing of the Select Agent Burkholderia pseudomallei from Contaminated Aromatherapy Spray for Rapid Outbreak Response

​Christopher Gulvik, CDC

​Investigation of a Multi-drug Resistant Human Enterobacter mori Isolate from Michigan

Ellen Ewald, Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau of Laboratories
02:00 – 02:40Speed Dating, Round 2Aud A
03:45 – 04:30Poster Session 2​Lobby
04:00-05:00Pathogen Genomics Centers of Excellence (PGCoEs)
Meet and Greet
Aud B

WEDNESDAY - September 13, 2023 - Location: Roybal Campus GCC 

09:00-09:05Morning RemarksAud AOAMD
09:05-10:35Plenary: ​AMD Platform PresentationAud A

Elizabeth Neuhaus, PhD, CDC, OAMD

Kelsey Florek, PhD, Wisconsin Public Health Laboratory

10:45-11:30Speed Dating, Round 3Aud A
11:30 – 1:00Poster Session 3Lobby
12:00 – 1:00Lunch 
01:00 – 02:45 Short TalksAud A ​​Wastewater Sequencing 
Rory Welsh, CDC

Candida auris
Lindsey Parnell, CDC

Global Health
Eldin Talundzic, CDC 

Designing Epidemiological Investigations
Alli Black, Washington State Department of Health

Respiratory Diseases
 Benjamin Rambo Martin, CDC
02:45 – 03:30Speed Dating, Round 4Aud A
03:30 – 04:30Poster Session 4Lobby
04:00 – 05:00 State and Global Engagement (SaGE) Team Meet and GreetAud B 

THURSDAY - September 14, 2023 - Roybal Campus GCC 

08:00-09:00Registration Lobby 
09:00-09:20Morning Remarks Aud AAPHL
09:20-10:00IGNITE!Aud A

C. diphtheriae Cares Not for Our Indifference

Michael Weigand, CDC

Developing a Far Forward Genomic Sequencing Capability for the US Special
Operations Forces

Rebecca Hutchins, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Georgia PGCOE​

A Raccoon and Room Spray: The 2021 Multistate Melioidosis Outbreak

Zachary Weiner, CDC

The potential of synthetic surveillance: embracing multiple realities

Andrew Warren, UVA Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia PGCOE

Reproductive Riddles of Cyclospora: Unveiling Secrets of Sexual Preferences
in a Parasitic Protozoan

Joel Barratt, CDC

10:20 – 11:20
Panel Discussion: Strategies for Collaborations Between
Laboratory Scientists and Epidemiologists
Aud AModerator: Mark Pandori, Nevada State Public Health Laboratory

Meaghan Burns, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Alexandra Lorentz, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

Heather Blankenship, Michigan Department of Health and Human Service
11:20 – 11:45​Pathogen Genomics Centers of Excellence Investigator
Aud A

​​Naming the Unnamed

Robin Patel, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota PGCOE

Unraveling the Microbial Tapestry: Exploring Vaginal Health and Racial Disparities​

Myrna Serrano, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia PGCOE

11:45 – 12:45Panel: Public Health Laboratory Perspectives​Aud A​Moderator: Christin Hanigan, APHL

Kimberlee Musser, New York Wadsworth Center

Kelly Oakeson, Utah Public Health Laboratory

Shannon Matzinger, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
012:45 – 01:00Closing Remarks and AcknowledgementsAud A


We would love to thank our coffee break sponsors.



​In compliance with CDC’s Photography, Videography and Audio Recordings on CDC Controlled Facilities Policy, all photography, videography and audio recordings during this event must take place within the confines of the Tom Harkin Global Communications Center or the David J. Sencer CDC Museum located on the Roybal Campus. Cell phones with photographic and audio record capabilities are allowed on campus but the holder must adhere to policy guidelines.

Signage is posted at all entrances to CDC facilities notifying employees, contractors and visitors of the prohibition on photography, other recording of images and audio recordings. Photographs of CDC’s buildings or facilities must not be posted on the web or on social media without formal clearance and approval by the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness (OSEP), Physical Security Branch.​