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Clinical Microbiologist

Los Angeles, California, United States
August 20, 2018

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Olivia L. Ellis, MS, MPH, PHM, REHS, M (ASCP)cm, CIC



University of California; Los Angeles, CA

Doctor of Philosophy Student: Environmental Health Sciences 2012-current

Area of Expertise: Public Health Microbiology, Global Health and Infectious Disease Transmission

Yale University; New Haven, CT

Master of Public Health: Epidemiology of Microbial Disease 2012

Thesis: Trends in Vibriosis in CT: 2000-2010

California State University; Northridge, CA

Master of Science Environmental Health 2009

Area of expertise: Public Health Microbiology

Bachelor of Science- Microbiology 2007

Bachelor of Science- Environmental and Occupational Health 2007


Microbiologist- M (ASCP)CM (April 2010-April 2019)

California Microbiology CLS- CDPH-#MTE1076 (September 2016-September 2018…in renewal)

Public Health Microbiologist-CDPH #2083 (July 2008-Lifetime)

REHS-CA #8082 (November 2009-December 2019)

CIC (July 2018-July 2023)


3M Merit Award-$4000 (June 2014)

Samuel J. Tibbits Fellowship Award for dedication to public health practice-Academic Year 2014-2015 $4000 (May 2014)

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Best Teaching Assistant Award-Academic Year 2013-2014 (May 2014)

UCLA Life Science Teaching Assistant Distinguished Teaching Award for Spring 2013 (October 2013)

2013 UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award, Mycobacterium ulcerans reservoir study, Cameroon-$6000 (April 2013)

USC SURVIVE Conference on Anti Human Trafficking Scholarship “From Persecution to Empowerment Conference” (January 2013)

CalCUPA Conference Scholarship (December 2013)

UCLA Regents Scholarship-up to $10,000 (2012-2015)

Yale School of Public Health Francis Black Memorial Scholarship $8,000 (2010-2012)

2010 NEHA AEC Scholarship and Epi-Ready Training Albuquerque, NM (June 2010)


Graduate Student Researcher Winter 2016-current

Technical Lab support and coordination for NIH funded study on drug resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Validation at multiple locations nationwide (Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Mississippi, and San Francisco)

Data Compilation and Analysis

Technical reports and publications in progress

Teaching Associate-UCLA Winter 2015

1 Laboratory sections for Microbiology Immunology and Molecular Genetics 100L (Microbiology laboratory for professional schools)

Instruction of 44 students (undergraduate and graduate) in clinical bacteriological methods for identification and isolation of microbial agents

Teaching Associate-UCLA Fall 2014

1 Laboratory section for Microbiology Immunology and Molecular Genetics 103AL (Research Immersion Laboratory in Virology)

Instructing and overseeing 16 students in laboratory virology methodologies and isolation of novel mycobacteriophages from soil samples as part of the Phage Hunters Program

Special Reader-UCLA Fall 2013-Fall 2016

EHS 100-Graduate level environmental health science course Special Reader

2014 Best Teaching Assistant Award

Teaching Associate-UCLA Spring 2013

2 Laboratory sections for Life Science (Physiology and Molecular Biology-LS 23L)

Taught a total of 45 students laboratory principles of molecular biology and physiology

Winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award

Adjunct Faculty- California State University, Northridge Spring 2013-Spring 2014, Fall ’15, Spring 2016

Global Perspectives of Environmental Health (EOH 353)

Laboratory for Microbial Hazards in Environmental Health (EOH 455/L)

Taught laboratory principles and practices in public health and environmental microbiology

Adjunct Faculty- California State University, Los Angeles Fall 2012-current

Professor for General Principles of Environmental Health (PH 471)

Professor for Introduction to Epidemiology (PH 412)

Teaching Assistant- Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth-Thousand Oaks, CA Summer 2012

Assisted course instructor with daily teaching activities and laboratories in forensic science

Engaged 6th and 7th grade students in the Socratic method of learning

Lectured and graded papers for “Examining the Evidence” course

Assisted course instructor with final student evaluations


•Quantitative scores nearly always exceed 4 on a 5-point Likert scale, available upon request.


Saint John’s Regional Medical Center Microbiology Lab, Oxnard, CA CLS Dec. 2017-current

Performed and reported high complexity microbiological workups from blood, urine, stool and other specimen sources, including sensitivities from the bioMerieux Vitek instrument.

Operated the Luminex Nanosphere instrument.

Operated FDA-cleared/CLIA waived Rapid tests (BD Veritor) for Flu and RSV during Influenza season

Trained on anaerobic culture workups

Yale University/ CDC Emerging Infections Program (EIP) FoodCORE Assistant Jan. 2012-May 2012

Data Entry: MAVEN LIMS system

Patient Interviews for Active Surveillance for STEC, Salmonella, and Listeria in CT

Collaboration with local health departments, CT DPH, CDC and FDA on statewide and multi-state outbreak investigations

Yale University/CDC Emerging Infections Program (FoodNet Research Assistant) Sept. 2010-May 2012

Thesis research Vibrio trends and epidemiology in CT 1999-2010

Data Entry and Data Analysis : ICDS, ICMS, and PHLIS databases

Patient Interviews for FoodNet Active Surveillance of STEC, Cyclospora, Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter

Completed the GIS Geocoding database for all known cases of foodborn illness in CT between 1995-2010

Collaboration with local health departments and CT DPH on outbreak investigations

Michigan Department of Community Health- Lansing, MI (APHL/CDC EID Fellow) Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010

Compiled a genomic library (ABI MicroSEQ)

Designed and validated the in-house SOP for ABI MicroSEQ system

Maintained community garden as a member of Vision Priority Team 6

Rotated through and trained in the Virology and Microbiology sections

Implemented ABI MicroSEQ technology in the reference bacteriology section

Collaboration with CDC on Multi-state Foodborn Outbreak Investigations involving MI

Assisted with Community Outreach Projects

Assessed Laboratory Programs and Operations as a member of the Action Core Committee

Analyzed rDNA sequences of rabies virus for genetic variation in Eptesicus fuscus bats of Michigan

Public Health Laboratory- Oxnard, CA (Public Health Microbiologist) Jan. 2008-May 2009

assistance and emergency response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic

Infectious Disease Reporting

Environmental Water Testing

Infectious Materials Shipping

Managed the Virology and Serology sections of the laboratory

Assisted with processing and disease monitoring in the Bacteriology, Molecular, and TB/AFB laboratory sections

Ventura County Environmental Health- Ventura, CA Dec. 2006 –Jan. 2007

Academic internship

Rotated through various divisions of the department

Foodborn illness phone interviews, restaurant inspections, LUFT site inspections, ocean water quality monitoring, vector lab, septic tank construction, building codes, ServSafe Certification

Summer’s Lab (Research Assistant)- Northridge, CA June 2006 –Aug. 2007

Genes under investigation: sbsC and tonB

Molecular characterization of the cyanobacteria, Nostoc punctiforme, from microarray analysis

PCR, DNA purification, Ligation, Cloning, Electroporation, Gel electrophoresis, RACE mapping, and other laboratory duties


UCLA Environmental Health Sciences Student Association (EHSSA) President (2013-2014)

EHS Seminar Improvement Committee (Spring 2013)

2013 Hope of the Valley Mission Volunteer for the Homeless (March 2013)

Make Homeless Count Volunteer (January 2013)

CSUN Speed Mentoring Event (Nov. 2012)

UCLA Anti-Trafficking and Human Rights Coalition Volunteer (Sept. 2012-2013)

UCLA FSPH Mobile Clinic Media Group Volunteer (Sept. 2012-current)

UCLA FSPH Survey Committee Member (Oct. 2012-Feb. 2013)

Yale School of Public Health HealthCORE Member and listserve moderator (2010)

Yale School of Public Health Student Ambassador (2010-2012)

APHL EID Fellows Mentorship Committee Chicago (Oct. 2010)

Volunteer, Judge at the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit (March 2010)

Volunteer, Classroom mentor for Science Day at Hayes Middle School Grand Ledge, MI (Feb. 2010)

Dean’s List Honoree GPA 3.5-4.0 (Fall 2004 - 2009)

Vice President, CSUN Microbiology Students Association (May 2006 - May 2007)

Intern/Volunteer, COPE Health Solutions Saint John’s Hospital, Oxnard (Feb. 2007-July 2007)

Volunteer, Ventura County Discovery Center, Conejo Valley School District (Oct. 2005-2008)

Volunteer, Earthwatch Organization, N’gaoundere, Cameroon, Africa (Dec.2003- Jan. 2004)


American Society for Microbiology

Association of Public Health Laboratories

American Society for Clinical Pathology

National Environmental Health Association

California Environmental Health Association


“Rabies Review for the California Environmental Health Professional”

California Journal of Environmental Health. Spring 2010, Vol. 25 No. 1

“Laboratory safety attitudes and practices: A comparison of academic, government, and industry researchers” Journal of Chemical Health and Safety. March 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.jchas.2015.03.001

“How to better monitor and clean irregular surfaces in operating rooms: Insights gained by using both ATP luminescence and RODAC assays” American Journal of Infection Control. 2018. In Press.

Editor for “The Next Plague-And What Science Will do to Stop It.” A publication of the American Council on Science and Health. February 2018

“A Multi-Site Implementation of a Real-Time PCR Assay to Predict Ciprofloxacin Resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Submitted to DMID. 2018


-American Public Health Association Meeting 2014-New Orleans (Nov. 2014), Buruli Ulcer: Environmental Determinants Assessment, A Field Study- Akonolinga, Cameroon”

-American Society for Microbiology Meeting 2014-Boston (May 2014), Buruli Ulcer: Environmental Determinants Assessment, A Field Study- Akonolinga, Cameroon”

-UC Center for Laboratory Safety Conference (April 2014), “PPE Compliance Behavior in Academic, National and Industry Labs, and Impact of Lab Safety Supervision on PPE Compliance and Accident Prevention”

-UC Global Health Conference (April 2014), Buruli Ulcer: Environmental Determinants Assessment, A Field Study- Akonolinga, Cameroon”

-UCLA Medical School Josiah Brown Poster Fair (August 2013), “Buruli ulcer environmental and biological vectors assessment in Akonolinga, Cameroon”

-American Federation for Medical Research Conference-Carmel, CA (January 2014), “Buruli ulcer environmental and biological vectors assessment in Akonolinga, Cameroon”

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