Clinical Director for the New York State Department of Health

Kimberlee Musser, Ph.D. is the Clinical Director for the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center’s David Axelrod Institute and the Chief of Bacterial Disease overseeing the Bacteriology and Mycobacteriology testing programs. She has overseen bacterial public health reference testing, surveillance and outbreak investigations for more than 20 years. Dr. Musser received a B.A. in Biology from Clark University followed by a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from Albany Medical College and a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Emerging Infectious Diseases postdoctoral fellowship hosted at the Wadsworth Center. 

Dr. Musser is an author on >70 manuscripts and four book chapters, and has given numerous invited seminars at local, national and international meetings.  She has also mentored > 30 students and training fellows. Her laboratory has developed and validated dozens of laboratory-developed tests including real-time PCR assays, MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, pyrosequencing and, most recently, whole-genome sequencing.