Christopher W. Aston

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Christopher Aston

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

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— University of Oxford, Medical Education

Research Summary

Dr. Aston is Chief of Molecular Biology at the NYC Dept. Health Biothreat Response Laboratory. This reference lab has the capacity to detect and identify a full range of biological agents and potential biological weapons of mass destruction. The lab tests samples from law enforcement agencies and specimens from clinical sources. The facility has approximately 20,000 square feet of laboratory space, much of it upgraded to Bio-Safety Level 3 (BSL-3). The lab is funded through the City's capital budget with additional operating support from a federal bioterrorism readiness and response grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Aston is licensed as a clinical laboratory director by the New York State Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program and a technical laboratory director by the New York State Environmental Laboratory Approval Program.

Public health and environmental response to the first case of naturally acquired inhalational anthrax in the United States in 30 years: infection of a new york city resident who worked with dried animal hides
Nguyen, Trang Quyen; Clark, Nancy; Karpati, Adam; Goldberg, Allan; Paykin, Andrea; Tucker, Andrew; Baker, Angela; Almiroudis, Anna; Fine, Annie; Tsoi, Ben; Aston, Christopher; Berg, Debra; Weiss, Don; Connelly, Ed; Beaudry, Gary; Weisfuse, Isaac; Durrah, James C; Prudhomme, Jeanine; Leighton, Jessica; Ackelsberg, Joel; Mahoney, Kevin; Van Vynck, Laurie; Lee, Lillian; Moskin, Linda; Layton, Marci; Wong, Marie; Raphael, Marisa; Robinson, Martha; Phillips, Michael; Jones, Mickey; Jeffery, Nancy; Nieves, Ray; Slavinski, Sally; Mullin, Sandra; Beatrice, Sara T; Balter, Sharon; Blank, Sue; Frieden, Thomas; Keifer, Max; Rosenstein, Nancy; Diaz, Pamela; Clark, Thomas; Compton, Harry; Daloia, James; Cardarelli, John; Norrell, Neil; Horn, Ed; Jackling, Sam; Bacon, Connie; Glasgow, Erich; Gomez, Tom; Baltzersen, Richard A; Kammerdener, Charles; Margo-Zavazky, Dani; Colgan, John; Pulaski, Phillip
2014-03-13; 1078-4659,Journal of public health management & practice - id: 831582, year: 2010 Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Laboratory testing in response to anthrax contamination in New York city, 2006
Aston, Christopher; Lee, L.; Wong, M. T.; Beaudry, G.; Meyer, F.; Beatrice, S. T.
2014-03-13; 1060-2011,Abstracts of the ... general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology - id: 831592, year: 2007

Inhalation anthrax associated with dried animal hides - Pennsylvania and New York City, 2006 (Reprinted from MMWR, vol 55, pg 280-282, 2006)
Walsh, J; Fraser, G; Hunt, E; Husband, B; Nalluswami, K; Pollard, K; Reynolds, S; Urdaneta, V; Weltman, A; Aston, Christopher; Balter, S; Beatrice, S; Beaudry, G; Berg, D; Clark, N; Frieden, T; Karpati, A; Layton, M; Lee, L; Leighton, J; Moskin, L; Mullin, S; Phillips, M; Paykin, A; Prud'homme, J; Slavinski, S; Tucker, A; Weisfuse, I; Weis, D; Wolsk, G; Bacon, C; Glasgow, E; Gomez, T; Swartz, W; Baden, D; Clark, T; Dauphin, LA; Diaz, P; Dykewicz, CA; Fleischauer, A; Frank, M; Gee, JE; Hoffmaster, A; Kim, H; Marston, C; Meyer, R; McQuiston, J; Newton, B; Papagiotqas, S; Pesik, N; Piester, T; Quinn, C; Reagan, S; Rotz, L; Rosenberg, P; Rosenstein, N; Shadomy, S; Semanova, V; Treadwell, T; Wilkins, P; Winchell, J; Burr, G; Dowell, C; Hornsby-Myers, J; Kiefer, M; King, B; Nguyen, TQ; Arboleda, N; Tsoi, B
2014-03-13; 0098-7484,JAMA - id: 831602, year: 2006

Neither snow, nor rain, nor anthrax - To counter bioterrorism, the US Postal Service tries irradiation, then detection, and maybe soon smart mail
Aston, Christopher
2014-03-13; 0018-9235,IEEE spectrum - id: 831612, year: 2002

Biological warfare canaries
Aston, Christopher
2014-03-13; 0018-9235,IEEE spectrum - id: 831572, year: 2001