Clinical Laboratory - Minnesota Dept. of Health

About the Infectious Disease Laboratory

The Infectious Disease Laboratory, a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) - certified facility, occupies approximately 10,200 square feet of laboratory space and is composed of four laboratory units: Microbiology, Molecular Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Response and Virology/Serology. Learn more about these units.

Meet the Scientists

Angie Jacobsen

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Meet Angie! She is a Research Scientist in the infectious disease lab and has been working at MDH for 7 years. She has two degrees from the University of Minnesota, one in Aerospace Engineering and the other Biology. Angie’s favorite thing about working at MDH is the variety of things she’s involved in such as bench work in the lab, using her IT skills as a software administrator, working on project management and problem solving. Outside of work she spends most of her time rock climbing, camping and fishing!

Jennifer Palm

jenpalm Meet Jen! She is a bacteriologist specialist in the infectious disease lab who was been working at MDH for 10.5 years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a degree in Genetics and Cell Development. Her favorite part about working here is discovering new and interesting outbreaks. Outside of work, she takes care of her baby and brews beer with her husband! Here she is pictured in Powassan, which is one of the viruses she tests for in the lab!

Stephanie Eng

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Meet Stephanie! She is a Bacteriologist 2 in the infectious disease lab who was been working at MDH for 7 years. She has a degree in Clinical Lab Science from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. She loves getting to work with people in the lab. Being in the Emergency Preparedness and Response unit, she gets to perform tests with an array of different organisms that many people wouldn’t otherwise know about. Outside of work, she spends her time with friends and family, including her two adorable little boys.

Ginny Dobbins
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Meet Ginny! She is bacteriology laboratory specialist in the infectious disease lab who was been working at MDH for 6 years. She went to the University of Wisconsin- Lacrosse and earned a degree in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry, and later went to the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities to get a master’s degree in public health. Her favorite thing about working here is helping identify food borne illnesses and hearing the sometimes crazy stories behind them. Outside of work she enjoys trivia, biking, and camping. She was also ordained online and has married two people!

Jaime Christensen
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Meet Jamie! She is a Bacteriology Laboratory Specialist in the Infectious Disease Lab who has been with MDH for 11 years. She has a degree in Genetic Cell Biology and Development from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Her favorite thing about working at MDH is having the opportunity to work with certain unique assays, tests, and organisms that most people don’t get the opportunity to work with. She made an interesting discovery while testing samples from a possible mumps outbreak; the samples ended up growing a flu virus that happened to be causing mumps-like symptoms. Jamie is also in the Air National Guard. She enjoys going on tours, seeing the world, traveling, and hanging out with her kids.



Updated Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 02:20PM