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Lesley Vázquez-Coriano, Dr.PH, MEH

Microbiologist; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Science and Technology

Washington, DC 20460


Dr. Lesley Vazquez-Coriano is a microbiologist at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Health and Ecological Criteria Division (HECD), Office of Science and Technology (OST), Office of Water in Washington, DC. As a microbiologist with OST, Lesley provides technical expertise regarding microbial contamination on the nation's drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to other offices in the agency, to personnel from other government agencies and to non-governmental groups. In addition, she is the EPA/WHO Microbial Subcommittee Member and participates in advisory and planning conferences and meeting as a source of expertise on projects with the WHO such as the development of the Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality and the Microbial Risk Assessment Guidelines Harmonization efforts. Lesley is also the Office of Water lead in coordinating with EPA Regions and other federal partners such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the issues related to Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms (cyanoHABs).


Lesley received her BS in Industrial Microbiology, her MS in Environmental Health and her Dr.PH with a concentration in Environmental Health from the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to working with EPA, Lesley is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health at George Mason University.


Leadership Development Opportunities

It was a pleasure to be part of the EPHLI fellowship. Throughout the year, I was exposed to activities and projects that gave me wonderful opportunities to learn valuable lessons and to develop my analytical and leadership skills. The combination of a challenging leadership project, the exposure to highly prepared and skilled public health professionals and a supportive learning environment from the coaches and mentors are the foundation of this fellowship. The EPHLI staff was very responsive facilitating my learning process. I am thankful to my mentor John McLeod for his invaluable support and collaboration all through the fellowship. He and the coaches always challenged me to look and work on my project using the systems thinking process, allowing me to develop a set of skills that I will use throughout my public health career and to gain insight into my specific area of interest. This experience was priceless. I would strongly recommend the EPHLI fellowship to any public health professional seeking to gain and develop leadership capabilities.