Michael L. Perdue0000-0001-8492-7759
Michael L. Perdue joined the HHS’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA) in September 2007 as the Deputy Director for the Influenza and Emerging Diseases Division (IEDD). He became the Director of the division in March 2009. He received his Ph.D. degree in virology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss, USA, and held postdoctoral appointments at Duke University and the University of Minnesota. He served on the faculty of the University of Kentucky Medical School performing NIH-funded basic research on avian retroviruses, before joining the US Department of Agriculture. There he worked on avian influenza viruses in Athens, where, over a period of 15 years, he published scores of articles on avian influenza virus molecular biology, molecular epidemiology, and vaccine development. In 2001, he became a Research Leader for USDA's Environmental Microbial Safety Laboratory in Beltsville, Md, USA, leading a research team and a staff of 25 people. In September 2004. Dr. Perdue joined the US CDC in Atlanta and was seconded to the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Among international liaison duties, there he served as a Team Leader for the Avian Influenza at the Human/Animal Interface. While with USDA, Dr. Perdue was closely involved in the characterization of the first avian and human H5N1 influenza viruses that appeared in Hong Kong in 1997. Moreover, he has followed the spread and characteristics of the diseases caused by the H5N1 viruses since then. In January 2006, he served as an Event Manager for the WHO headquarters response to the human infections with H5N1 in Turkey and was a WHO spokesperson for avian influenza issues. As a Project Officer, he currently manages cell culture-based influenza vaccine development contracts as well as a range of activities supporting the division. As the Director now, he oversees the activities of a staff of 38 and 37 active federal contracts and grants.
Biography Updated on 11 September 2009