TVMDL provides diagnostic training for Borlaug Fellow from Egypt

Sandy Rodgers, assistant section head for serology at TVMDL's College Station facility, watches as Dr. Rabab El Sawah works through a training exercise.

Our College Station lab recently welcomed Dr. Rabab El Sawah from the zoonotic disease department at the General Organization of Veterinary Services (GOVS) in Cairo, Egypt.  At GOVS, Dr. El Sawah supervises veterinary testing for tuberculosis and brucellosis.

As part of her 12-week fellowship with Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture Science and Technology, Dr. El Sawah is learning more about veterinary diagnostics from our TVMDL professionals. Last week, she trained in our serology section with Assistant Section Head Sandy Rodgers and her team.

In the coming months, Dr. El Sawah will receive more diagnostic training in our sections for bacteriology and molecular diagnostics.

She will meet with researchers and educators at the FAZD Center, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence headquartered in College Station.  She will also work with professionals from the Texas Animal Health Commission, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Dr. El Sawah is TVMDL’s third Borlaug Fellow in less than a year. During the fall of 2011, we trained two diagnosticians from Kazakhstan. Our participation is part of our commitment to combatting high-consequence diseases around the world and to protecting the United States from disease outbreaks.