CAPT Martin Sanders

CAPT Martin Sanders
Chief Scientist Officer, U.S. Public Health Service

As chief science officer, CAPT Sanders leads the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) Science Professional Affairs, and advises the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps science professionals.

Captain Sanders is currently the director of the Environmental Health Services Division for Federal Occupational Health (FOH), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration. In his role he oversees a division providing nearly $25 million dollars of environmental health services to hundreds of Federal customers in HHS’s only non-appropriated, shared services provider

Prior to joining FOH, CAPT Sanders served as the acting director and deputy director for the Office of Health and Safety at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also served as a biological safety officer and chief of the Community Health Branch for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served at both the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and as chief, Biological Threat Assessment for the 520th Theater Army Medical Laboratory. He served as a field epidemiologist for the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where he led infectious disease outbreak investigations.

CAPT Sanders is heavily involved in biosafety and biosecurity issues nationally and internationally. He was part of the executive steering committee overseeing the 5th edition of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, the cornerstone document for biosafety guidance in the United States. He was appointed to the Senior Advisory Panel for the International Council for the Life Sciences to oversee the development of international biosafety infrastructure in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. He also served a leadership role in the Laboratory Safety Graduate Program Development at the Emory University Center for Public Health Preparedness, developing graduate level curriculums for biosafety and emergency response.

CAPT Sanders has served in numerous leadership positions with the Commissioned Corps. He was chair of both the Scientist Category PAC and the PAC Chairs board. He currently serves as the Program Support Center’s representative to the SG Policy Advisory Committee, and has deployed multiple times, including as the former chief safety officer for RDF-3.

CAPT Sanders is the recipient of the U.S. Public Health Service Field Medical Readiness Badge, and multiple decorations from both the USPHS and the U.S. Army. He was the Derek Dunn Memorial Senior Scientist Officer of the Year in 2007.

CAPT Sanders obtained his PhD from the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and is a Certified Biological Safety Professional. He obtained his BS in Zoology from the University of California, Davis.

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