Jill Taylor received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her early work was in industry, in the development of veterinary vaccines. In 1999, she joined the Wadsworth Center, became Deputy Director in 2005 and Director in 2012. In this role, Jill had oversight of all aspects of the state public health laboratory’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in New York State. After leaving state service at the end of September, 2020, she joined the Association of Public Health Laboratories as Senior Adviser for Scientific Affairs. Her scientific interests are in the use of novel technologies and bioinformatic analytical methods to improve the nation’s public health response to emergent pathogens.