Dr. Leslie Wolf, Lab Director

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Dr. Leslie Wolf began serving as Lab Director at Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) in July of 2013. In January of 2017, Dr. Wolf was also appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor to direct the University of Louisville Infectious Diseases Laboratory. Dr. Wolf is one of several leaders at LMPHW with a shared appointment at UofL, contributing to the success of LMPHW as an Academic Health Department.

Dr. Wolf earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with High Distinction from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD in Immunology/Microbiology from the University of Colorado. She began her career in public health in 1997 as a CDC/APHL Emerging Infectious Disease Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. While serving as lab director at NCSLPH from 2006 to 2012, she earned the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Emerging Leader Award. This award honors an individual whose leadership has been instrumental in one or more advances in laboratory science, practice, management, policy or education within his/her first 5-10 years in the profession. 

Innovation has been evident throughout Dr. Wolf’s career at LMPHW as well. Under her leadership, LMPHW’s laboratory was the third local public health laboratory in America to complete the Laboratory System Improvement Program Assessment. Dr. Wolf was also instrumental in LMPHW’s Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) certification and biannual Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) accreditation. She serves on the Quality Improvement Team and the Research Committee, mentors the next generation of public health practitioners, and provides in-service training to nurses, medical assistants and lab technicians.

In 2018, Dr. Wolf was Project Manager for Capstone Experience for UofL SPHIS students at LMPHW. She developed a process for selecting Capstone students, assigning tracks for a broad experience at LMPHW, and generating projects for students to complete in Spring 2019 semester. This program is critical to LMPHW’s Academic Health Department.

Dr. Wolf’s other recent educational activities include:

  • Practicum Advisor to an MPH Epidemiology student from 2015-2016, directing a research project to identify both clinical and non-clinical risk factors for active TB cases in Jefferson County, KY.
  • Practicum Advisor, to an MPH Candidate, July 2017 to Jan 2018, directing research to identify both awareness of and barriers to implemented 2010 CDC guidelines regarding screening pregnant women for blood lead levels.
  • First-round and second-round Judge for Research!Louisville September 2017, Medical Students and Medical Students-Distinction Track.
  • Judge for student research and clinical vignette posters at KY ACP Conference, October 2018, UofL Shelby Campus.
  • Mentor for a Public Health major’s Capstone project involving screening pregnant women for risk of lead exposure at Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness


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