Advanced Molecular Diagnostics development for the detection of infectious agents, especially respiratory pathogens. Real-time PCR, Next Generation Sequencing Overview Jonas M. Winchell received his Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut. After completing a post-doctoral appointment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School, he began his career in public health, first at the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, then at a local US government laboratory where he has been since 2001. Since 2006, he has been the laboratory chief of a respiratory disease laboratory at this Agency. His laboratory heavily focuses on the development and implementation of advanced molecular diagnostics for detecting respiratory pathogens. This laboratory also plays a primary role during respiratory outbreak responses. Dr. Winchell has also been an adjunct faculty member since 2003 in the School of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, teaching courses in Medical Microbiology and Virology.