Jennifer Branum, an associate biosafety officer in the University of Virginia’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety, earned certification as a Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety Microbiology in December.
The National Registry of Certified Microbiologists, based in Washington, now includes her in its registry.
Branum received her M.B.A. from James Madison University. To earn the credential, she first met rigorous educational and experiential eligibility requirements and then passed a comprehensive written examination, according to the registry’s announcement, and has demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement and manage a comprehensive biological safety program.
The National Registry of Certified Microbiologists is a voluntary certifying body with certified microbiologists in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and on six continents. It seeks to minimize risk to the public by identifying qualified microbiologists; encouraging mastery of microbiological knowledge and skills that contribute to improving the human condition; and fostering professional pride and a sense of accomplishment in qualified microbiologists.
The American College of Microbiology is responsible for certification of microbiologists and immunologists, accreditation of postdoctoral training programs, and other programs consistent with its mission of providing leadership in promoting the high quality and ethical practice of the microbiology and immunology professions for the benefits of human, animal and environmental well-being.