Dr. Carroll currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Avian Influenza and Other Emerging Threats Unit, where he is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the agency's programs that address new and emerging disease threats. He led the agency’s response to the H5N1 avian influenza and H1N1 pandemic viral threats, and he is presently coordinating the roll-out of USAID’s new Emerging Pandemic Threats program, a global effort to combat new disease threats before they can spark pandemics.
Dr. Carroll was initially detailed to USAID from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a senior public health advisor in 1991. In 1995 he was named the agency's Senior Infectious Diseases advisor and was responsible for overseeing programs in malaria, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, and disease surveillance as well as neglected and emerging infectious diseases. In this capacity, Dr. Carroll was directly involved in the development and introduction of a range of new technologies for disease prevention and control, including rapid diagnostics for malaria, new treatment therapies for drug-resistant malaria, intermittent therapy for pregnant women, and “long-lasting” insecticide-treated bednets for prevention of malaria. He was also responsible for the initial design and development of the President’s Malaria Initiative. Dr. Carroll officially left CDC and joined USAID in 2005, when he assumed responsibility for leading the USAID response to the spread of avian influenza.
Dr. Carroll has received awards from both CDC and USAID, including the 2006 USAID Science and Technology Award for his work on malaria and avian influenza, and the 2008 Administrator’s Management Innovation Award for his management of the agency’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza program.
Dr. Carroll has a doctorate in biomedical research with a special focus in tropical infectious diseases from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was a Research Scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he studied the molecular mechanics of viral infection.
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