Lori Merrill

Principal Research Associate


Lori Merrill is a Principal Research Associate and microbiologist for Public Health with 25 years of experience developing, implementing, and managing sample collection and laboratory analyses for research studies, including 2 decades of experience in longitudinal epidemiologic cohort studies. She is an author of over a dozen peer-reviewed publications and participates in conference presentations.

Merrill is the biospecimen team lead of the Coordinating Center for the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, collaborating with NIDA, FDA, and CDC researchers on collection and laboratory analyses of blood and urine specimens. She also serves as the Project Director and the Laboratory Analysis and Quality Assurance Working Group Chair of the NIEHS-funded Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) where she collaborates with university, public health department, and federal researchers to implement a standardized approach and quality assurance plans for laboratory analysis projects for research projects.

Merrill has led biospecimen and laboratory planning and activities for 2 recent projects funded by the CDC: the Randomized Assessment of Influenza Vaccine Efficacy Network (RAIVEN) and Track COVID at Home! a COVID HH Transmission Study, part of CDC’s Respiratory Virus Transmission Network (RVTN).


  • MS, Microbiology (with a minor in Water Resources), Iowa State University
  • AB (cum laude), Biology, Harvard University

How can we help?

We welcome messages from job seekers, collaborators, and potential clients and partners.

Get in Contact

Want to work with us?

You’ll be in great company.

Explore Careers
Back to Top