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Christopher W. Aston, Ph.D.Adjunct Assistant Professor;
Department of Medicine (Pulmy&CCM Div)
Education— Dr. Aston received his D.Phil (PhD) in 1991 from The University of Oxford, UK, in Cellular and Molecular Biology. His doctoral research was on the role of advanced glycosylation endproduct-modified proteins in diabetic complications and aging, Graduate Education
— University of Oxford, Medical Education
Research SummaryDr. 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.
Research Keywordsalveolar macrophages, mycobacteria, phagocytes, protein tyrosine kinases, tuberculosis
Public Health and Environmental Response to the First Case of Naturally Acquired Inhalational Anthrax in the United States in 30 Years