International Speakers

Prof. Michael Merrigan, Jr.

I currently serve as the Program Director for the Masters in Health Administration program here at Missouri State University.  In addition to these duties I also teach full-time at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and my courses include:  Leadership Development, Health Law and Ethics, Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior.  Prior to joining Missouri State in 2013, I was Vice President and Regional General Counsel for Mercy Health here in Springfield for 20 years.  I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City and I have my Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Scott JN McNabb

Prior to joining the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and serving the 2-year EIS residency in New Orleans, LA, Dr. McNabb worked for 13 years at the Oklahoma State Health Department. Before retirement from CDC in 2010, he was Associate Director for Science; Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office; Office for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. From 2006 – 2008, he directed the Division of Integrated Surveillance Systems and Services, National Center for Public Health Informatics, CDC. He is now Research Professor and Director of the King Abdullah Fellowship Program ( at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. Having mentored 29 students through their M.P.H. or Ph.D., plus 14 fellows through the CDC Public Health Prevention Specialists program, he is jointly appointed in the Hubert Department of Global Health and Department of Epidemiology. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. McNabb serves on the Editorial Board, Epidemiology and Global Health and in private practice as Managing Partner, Public Health Practice, LLC (

Dr. Darryl Falzarano, Ph. D

Darryl Falzarano is a Research Scientist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Center (VIDO-InterVac) and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan. His lab is interested in developing alpaca and mouse models models, as well as vaccines, for coronaviruses. He received his Ph.D. In Medical Microbiology from the University of Manitoba in 2010 for determining the function of post-translation modifications on Ebola virus glycoproteins. He was a Visiting Fellow at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH, where he investigated antiviral strategies for Ebola and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This included the development of a new animal model and the first potential treatment for MERS-CoV. While at the NIH he received the Norman P. Salzmann Memorial Award, was the Kuan-Teh Jeang Scholar for Excellence in Virology and was a member of the teams that received two NIH Director’s Awards and the NIH Merit Award.

Dr. Robert E. Fontaine

Local Address:  Georgia , United States 
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • BS in entomology (1968)
  • MD (1972) from the University of California-Davis
  • MSc in medical parasitology (1981) from the London School of Tropic Medicine and Hygiene

Robert E. Fontaine, M.D., CDC senior epidemiologist and Resident Advisor to the U.S. Field Epidemiology Training Program in Beijing, China, has been honored with the Friendship Award of 2007.

The Friendship Award is the highest honor given by the Chinese government to recognize non-Chinese experts who have made outstanding contributions to Chinas social and economic development. The award was presented by Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan in the Great Hall of the People during the 58th National Day Celebration of China.

Fontaine was recognized for his dedication since 2003 to improving the public health system in China, particularly through the establishment of infectious disease laboratory capacity, and strengthening of surveillance, rapid response, and containment of transmission of the H5N1 avian influenza virus.

Dr. Fontaine joined the China FETP in 2003.

As an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at the CDC between 1973 and 1975, he worked in viral diseases and served four months in India on smallpox eradication. He followed his EIS training with a CDC assignment to the Colorado State Health Department, followed by a three year assignment at CDCs Central American Research Station where he worked on malaria surveillance, epidemiology and control. In 1987 he began developing field epidemiology training programs, first in Saudi Arabia, followed by Jordan and Central America.