Kara Levinson, Ph.D.

Kara Levinson, Ph.D.

Tennessee State Public Health Laboratory

Kara received her B.S. in microbiology from Northern Arizona University, her M.P.H. in hospital and molecular epidemiology from the University of Michigan and served as an APHL Emerging Infectious Diseases fellow at the Iowa public health laboratory. She completed her Ph.D. in immunology and infectious disease at the New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, where she studied vaccine development and host-pathogen interaction in Vibrio cholerae. After obtaining her Ph.D., she completed a CPEP fellowship in clinical microbiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then joined the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a Laboratory Leadership Service fellow, where she focused on laboratory management and outbreak response at the New Hampshire public health laboratory. Currently, she is the Deputy Director of the Tennessee State Public Health Laboratory.