Dr. Kristin Long is the Biosafety/Biosecurity Officer at the NC State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH).  By assisting laboratorians with the continuous process of biological hazard recognition, risk assessment, and mitigation she strives to ensure a robust biosafety environment in public health laboratories throughout North Carolina. She also serves as the Responsible Official for the Select Agent Program at NCSLPH.

The most enjoyable and fulfilling aspect of her work is providing training and consultation services which allow her to share the concepts of biosafety and risk assessment with a diverse audience in a wide variety of public health labs.  She also enjoys using both her scientific and biosafety backgrounds and thinking outside the box to move science along while ensuring compliance and safety.

She received both her BS in Microbiology and PhD in Biomedical Science from Oklahoma State University. She has 15+ years of experience conducting research with BSL2 and BSL3 pathogens including food-borne bacteria, non-human primate herpesviruses, SARS, equine and human influenza viruses and multiple arboviruses including chikungunya virus and Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus.  Prior to joining NCSLPH, she managed a BSL2 research lab and BSL3 multi-agent research facility at UNC Chapel Hill for 10 years while conducting research on host-virus interactions that determine the outcome of arboviral infections.  She is a member of American Society of Virology, American Society of Microbiology, American Biological Safety Association, and Carolina Biological Safety Association.



Jessica Poole is the Associate Biological Safety Officer for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has been employed at the University since 2009, but recently transitioned from the Department of Comparative Medicine to her current position within EHS in 2016.

In her current role, her primary responsibilities include:  oversight of the select agent program, performing risk assessments of infectious agents and biological toxins, reviewing research proposals and IACUC applications, training laboratory personnel, ensuring University compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations, performing laboratory inspections and investigating accidents involving biohazardous agents.  She is a member of the IBC, High Containment Laboratory Committee, and the Emergency Response Team.

Jessica has a member of AALAS for 10 years and was an active member in the local branch, RTB-AALAS, for 8 of those years.  She received her ALAT, LAT and LATG certifications.  She has been a member of ABSA, since joining the field in 2016.  She is seeking to get more involved in both the local branch and ABSA International.

Jessica received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology from UNCC.  During her time at UNCC she was an active member in Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.  She received her graduate degree in Animal Science from NC State in 2014.

She resides in Haw River, North Carolina with her husband and three children.  Her interests outside of work include spending time with her family, attending sporting events, traveling and reading.