Country Director, Metabiota Inc.-Global Virus Forecasting (2011-Present).
M & E. Consultant to Global Fund for TB, (April 2010-April 2011).
Vice Chancellor & Principal, University of Sierra Leone (2005-2009)
Professor of Microbiology, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone (2005-2009).
Associate Professor, Biology Department, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland (1997-2005).
Member, MPH Integrated Experience Panel, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University (1998-2002).
Senior Fulbright Research Fellow, 1991-1993, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Visiting Scholar (1994-1997), Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins
University, Baltimore, Maryland.
I mainly direct the activities of Metabiota Inc. in country. Initially, our work involves research and the control of Lassa fever in the laboratory, clinical aspects the impact of climate and environmental changes of the population of Mastymus,
reservoir of the Lassa virus.
With the advent of the ebola outbreak, our activities now address the containment of the outbreak in the country. My main role is coordination of ebola containment activities. I am based in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone but do make
visits to the field to monitor case management, contact tracing and addressing issues relevant to the outbreak by our consultants in the field. 2
Our major challenges remain the denial by most of the population, limited supplies of PPEs, gloves, face masks, aprons, thermometers etc. The most pressing challenges are the lack of medical personnel to work in the treatment centers
and to therefore
Chief Representative, China
Neal Liang is characteristically experienced in biochemical and cell biological research. In Metabiota Inc., Neal works at the Guangzhou Representative Office as the Chief Representative, fully accounting for the Office’s operation, supervising
all programs implementation in China towards their sustainable development, and serving a lead role in future extension through coordinated efforts with HQ. In addition to roles in scientific and operational functions, he also participates
Metabiota’s commercialized product/service development as well as its future market assessment and sales in China.
Neal received his doctorate degree in Biochemistry from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. With extensive knowledge in biochemical sciences, he is currently managing USAID funded infectious disease research programs that adopts
multiple laboratory analysis methods.
Director, PREDICT Surveillance Operations
Corina Monagin, DrPH, DLSHTM, MPH has been working in the international public health field for over 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from The George Washington University and her MPH in International Health
Systems Management from Tulane University. She was awarded a Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH) and a Diploma for post-graduate studies (DLSHTM) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for her work on emerging infectious disease
policy in SE Asia.
Corina has many years experience as a logistical coordinator and program manager for public health programs. She spent several years working in collaboration with the World Health Organization and Tulane University in West Africa developing
an international infectious disease laboratory network. She coordinated wet and dry laboratory workshops dealing with viral hemorrhagic fever prevention as well as providing daily on-site logistical support. As a
result of her work, Corina assisted in increasing laboratory diagnostic capacity throughout the
Corina was involved in the start-up of a non-for-profit and for-profit company as well as the initial set-up of many SE Asia research field sites, working as a Global Program Manager based out of the University of California, Los Angeles.
She worked as the Asia Program Coordinator for Metabiota, providing logistical and research operational support for sites in China and SE Asia, based in Guangzhou, China. She increased capacity to control and respond to emerging infectious
diseases in the region and recently was responsible for coordinating an international outbreak response team to assist in the H7N9 outbreak in China.
She is now based on California and works as the Global Program Manager at Metabiota for the USAID PREDICT program. She develops, manages and coordinates emerging infectious disease surveillance and research projects in 7 countries in Africa,
Asia and SE Asia