Dr. Imke Schroeder joined the Center of Laboratory Safety in November 2012. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) at UCLA. Dr. Schroeder received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Marburg, Germany, and performed her postdoctoral training at UCLA. After a year as senior researcher at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Francisco, she joined the Department of MIMG, where she has worked on virulence determinants of the select agent Burkholderia pseudomallei.
Dr. Schroeder currently conducts research on laboratory safety by collecting information on current laboratory practices. She investigates how state-implemented safety laws are translated into best practices and whether these methods are meaningful and motivating to the research community. Her research interests include researchers’ safety attitudes and behaviors, and institutions accident analysis. She has also developed a Lessons Learned site for educational purposes. Furthermore, she coordinates seed grants funded by the Center for Laboratory Safety that aim to improve existing safety measures and/or develop new and safer laboratory methods. In addition, Dr. Schroeder serves as the administrative liaison for the Safety Training Consortium, an organization consisting of universities and colleges across the Unites States to develop high quality, peer-reviewed and engaging online safety courses to benefit researchers safety in the lab.