Salvatore Butera, DVM, PhD
In his prior 4-year position as Associate Director for Laboratory Science (ADLS) in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at CDC, he was responsible for administratively supporting National Center laboratory activities while serving in the Office of the Director. He maintained close working relationships with other senior staff in the Office of the Director, to advise National Center leadership on matters relating to laboratory science, including the formulation of program goals, objectives and broad operating policies. He was asked to provide scientific, technical, and managerial expertise in the development and enhancement of laboratory programs focused on diseases with NCHHSTP emphasis and coordinate Technology Transfer actions for review and execution. Dr. Butera's duties required that he provide leadership and oversight of laboratory reference and research activities to assure that appropriate priorities were set for all activities. He represented the National Center on issues that involved all infectious disease laboratories and worked closely with the ADLSs from other National Centers. Most pertinent to this funding announcement, he was the National Center liaison to provide consultation and expert scientific advice in support of laboratory activities related to a Cooperative Agreement with Association of Public Health laboratories. All of these duties and scientific leadership experiences came after an extensive research career at CDC focused on HIV virology and preclinical evaluation of biomedical interventions to prevent infection. This research involved an extensive body of work in HIV vaccine development, characterization, immunogenicity, and protection in non-human primate models.