Michael A. Pentella, PhD, D (ABMM)
Director, Bureau of Laboratory Sciences
William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute
Dr. Pentella is the Director of the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory. He chairs the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee. He has served on several national committees focused on biosafety issues and has contributed to several publications. He was a member of CDC’s Biosafety Blue Ribbon Panel and the Guidelines for Biosafety Laboratory Competency development team. He has developed several biosafety training tools and programs. He has delivered presentations at several symposiums on biosafety. He has over forty years experience in clinical microbiology laboratory and in hospital infection control. His career has spanned working in public health and hospital microbiology laboratories. He is certified as a specialist in microbiology through the American Society for Clinical Pathology, in infection control through the Association of Professionals in Infection Control, and is also certified as an American Board of Medical Microbiology Diplomate. He has had academic appointments at Thomas Jefferson University, the University of South Florida and the University of Iowa. Over the years, he has made several contributions that have improved diagnostic testing assays. He has written over 40 articles and nine book chapters. Dr. Pentella’s primary interests are in biosafety, biodefense, foodborne pathogens and emerging infectious diseases.