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Sheila Peel, MSPH, Ph.D.

Chief, Department of Laboratory Diagnostics and Monitoring

Sheila A. Peel, MSPH, PhD is Chief of the Department of Laboratory Diagnostics and Monitoring (DLDM) and Director of the HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory (HDRL), US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). A Department of Army Civilian Health Science Administrator, she joined the WRAIR scientific community in 1996 as a Distinguished National Academy of Sciences/ National Research Council (NAS-NRC) Resident Research Associate in the Division of Experimental Therapeutics (ET), transferring to MHRP as a staff microbiologist in 1999. 

Dr. Peel leads a 36-member department executing clinical, translational, and applied research programs and clinical diagnostic services which directly impact and benefit Service Members and DoD beneficiaries, as well as the world community. Programs encompass: (1) state-of-art diagnostics and clinical and therapeutic monitoring for HIV and related diseases for Soldiers and their beneficiaries; (2) clinical and translational research in support of public health investigations/epidemiological consultations (EPICONs), battlefield operational medicine, and vaccine and therapeutic trials; (3) collaborations with sister agencies (CDC, NIH, FDA), commercial partners, and NGOs to develop and advance HIV and related disease detection technologies for DOD, US, and world communities; and, (4) advancement of global health, specifically laboratory and human capacity building. 

Dr. Peel serves as Clinical Laboratory Consultant to the Armed Forces Medical Examiner’s Office, US Medical Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM), US Army Medical Command (USMEDCOM), as well as the Infectious Disease Consultant to the US Army Surgeon General, Army Blood Program, and Armed Forces Blood Program Office. She serves as a peer reviewer for of many scientific journals and serves on numerous national and international committees and technical panels.  Honors include Department of Army Research and Development Achievement Award (2002), Department of Army SBIR 2005 Quality Award (2005), Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2010), and Superior Civilian Service Award (2014). In 2016, she was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine.

Dr. Peel obtained her MSPH (1986) and Ph.D. (1990) in Medical Parasitology from the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.