I've been with CDC for 15 years. I work in the Entomology Branch in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. I am the deputy of the bug branch. My job is to keep the entomologists, the biologists, the chemists, and the health scientists out of trouble. After college, I joined the Peace Corps and went to Africa. I got sick a lot.
I experienced firsthand what the lack of public health can do to an individual and to communities. That's what led me to a career in public health. Here at CDC, we have a state-of-the-art insectary where we house all our bugs. We do research on these bugs to better understand how they spread disease. The insectary's a really cool place, so people want to come visit.
It gives us an opportunity to highlight what CDC does. If I didn't have to work, I'd be a stay-at-home dad. I have a six-year-old boy and a sixteen-month-old girl at home. I think that being a fulltime father would be very rewarding. I love my job because the entomologists I support are doing work that actually saves lives. CDC protects America's health, safety, and security. What we do to support this goal is study the world's deadliest creature-the mosquito.
I'm Matt Stockton and I am CDC.
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