Laura-Lee Boodram

Head of Vector-borne Diseases, Caribbean Public Health Agency

Laura-Lee Boodram is the current Head of Vector-borne Diseases at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). CARPHA provides technical cooperation in public health capacity building and laboratory reference services to 26 Member States in the Caribbean. Dr. Boodram holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of the West Indies and a master of science degree in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.

She served previously as the molecular biologist at the Caribbean Epidemiology Center, where her work focused on the application of molecular diagnostic tools in the surveillance of public health priority diseases including HIV and TB, food-borne and vector-borne diseases.

From 2013-2018, Dr. Boodram was the program coordinator of the Caribbean Regional Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (CR-FELTP), also based at CARPHA. As the coordinator for the CR-FELTP, Dr. Boodram spearheaded a multi-country, multidisciplinary training initiative which aimed at building human resources for health in applied epidemiology, emergency response and preparedness, and public health laboratory practice within the Caribbean. The program has received the support of several international public heath agencies and bodies including the U.S. CDC, PAHO, PHE and TEPHINET.  From 2014-2018, the Caribbean region produced 85 CR-FELTP Frontline graduates; 98 Level I CR-FELTP graduates and 10 Level II CR-FELTP graduates.