Andrew C. Cannons, PhD, HCLD (ABB), SM (NRCM, ASCP)

Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health, USF College of Public Health
Director, Tampa Laboratory, Florida Department of Health
Biographical Sketch | Areas of Expertise
Contact Information
Phone: (813) 974-4002
FAX: (813) 974-3425
PhD, University of Bradford, UK, 1983
B. Tech (Hons), University of Bradord, UK, 1980

Biographical Sketch

As Laboratory Director of the Florida Department of Health BOL Tampa Lab, Dr. Cannons is responsible for the overall professional and administrative operation of the Bureau of Laboratories-Tampa, including the implementation and maintenance of programs for the efficient and effective operation of public health laboratory. He provides consultation and technical assistance to county health departments with regards to services provided by the Bureau of Laboratories, the significance of test results, and relevance of test services to the core functions of public health In addition he is serves as the Administrator for Public Health Laboratory Preparedness in Florida.

Dr. Cannons is licensed as a Clinical Laboratory Director (Microbiology & Serology), in the State of Florida and has certification as High Complexity Laboratory Director (American Board of Bioanlysis). He currently serves on a number of national committees and workgroups including APHL’s Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Committee, ASPH Working group on Preparedness and Response Core Competencies, FDA Partnership for Food Protection Lab Group – Co-Chair, Food Emergency Response Network, APHL Emerging Leaders Special Interest Group and Food Safety Modernization Act Lab Task Group.

Prior to joining the Division of Infectious Diseases & International Medicine Dr. Cannons was the Scientific Director of the Center for Biological Defense (CBD) in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida (USF). He coordinated the applied laboratory research at the CBD which included: developing rapid detection and molecular typing methods for identification and surveillance of agents of bioterrorism and emerging infections; establishing procedures to determine antimicrobial resistance of bioterrorism agents; validating field detection kits; and evaluating decontamination procedures. Dr. Cannons established strong working relationships with the Florida Department of Health, Regional Domestic Security Task Force, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FBI, Department of Defense, the CDC, the USDA and FDA.

Areas of Expertise

Biological Defense, Emerging Infectious Diseases

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