Andrew C. Cannons, PhD, HCLD (ABB), SM (NRCM, ASCP)
Biographical Sketch | Areas of Expertise | Current Research | Publications
PhD, University of Bradford, UK, 1983
B. Tech (Hons), University of Bradord, UK, 1980
FAX: (813) 974-3425
As Laboratory Director of the Florida Department of Health BOL Tampa Lab, Dr. Cannons is responsible for the overall professional and administrative operation of the Bureau of Laboratories-Tampa, including the implementation and maintenance of programs for the efficient and effective operation of public health laboratory. He provides consultation and technical assistance to county health departments with regards to services provided by the Bureau of Laboratories, the significance of test results, and relevance of test services to the core functions of public health In addition he is serves as the Administrator for Public Health Laboratory Preparedness in Florida.
Dr. Cannons is licensed as a Clinical Laboratory Director (Microbiology & Serology), in the State of Florida and has certification as High Complexity Laboratory Director (American Board of Bioanlysis). He currently serves on a number of national committees and workgroups including APHL’s Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Committee, ASPH Working group on Preparedness and Response Core Competencies, FDA Partnership for Food Protection Lab Group – Co-Chair, Food Emergency Response Network, APHL Emerging Leaders Special Interest Group and Food Safety Modernization Act Lab Task Group.
Prior to joining the Division of Infectious Diseases & International Medicine Dr. Cannons was the Scientific Director of the Center for Biological Defense (CBD) in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida (USF). He coordinated the applied laboratory research at the CBD which included: developing rapid detection and molecular typing methods for identification and surveillance of agents of bioterrorism and emerging infections; establishing procedures to determine antimicrobial resistance of bioterrorism agents; validating field detection kits; and evaluating decontamination procedures. Dr. Cannons established strong working relationships with the Florida Department of Health, Regional Domestic Security Task Force, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FBI, Department of Defense, the CDC, the USDA and FDA.
Areas of Expertise
Current Research Grant Support
Countermeasures to Biological Threats: Lab Core (PI). Department of Defense, 12/16/08 - 06/01/12
Recognition & Response to the Clandestine Manufacturing of CBRNE Agents (PI). Department of Defense, 12/16/08 - 06/01/12
Evaluation of the Antimicrobial Activity of Compounds Isolated from Topical Secretions from Sharks, Skates and Rays (PI). Department of Defense, 08/04/10 - 06/01/12
Novel Compounds from Shark and Stingray Epidemal Mucus with Antimicrobial Activity Against Wound Infection Pathogens (Co-PI) (PI, Dr. Carl Luer, Mote Marine Labs). Department of Defense, 01/01/11 - 12/31/13
Enhancement of Public Health Preparedness for Dealing with Bioterrorism (Co-PI) (PI, Wil Milhouse, COPH, USF). Department of Defense, 10/07 - 05/12
Peak KK, Duncan KE, Luna VA, King DS, McCarthy PJ and Cannons AC. Bacillus strains most closely-related to Bacillus nealsonii are not effectively circumscribed within the taxonomic species definition. International Journal of Microbiology. Accepted Aug, 2011. Epub.
Tatavarthy T and Cannons A. Real-time PCR detection of Salmonella species using a novel target: the outer membrane porin F gene (ompF). [Letters] Applied Microbiology 2010; 50: 645-652
Luna VA, Hall TJ, King DS and Cannons AC. Susceptibility of 169 USA300 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates to two copper-based biocides, CuAL42 and CuWB50. J Antimicrob Chemother 2010; 65: 939-941
King DS, Luna VA, Cannons AC and Amuso PT. Procurement of spore-free Bacillus anthracis for molecular typing outside of BSL3 environment. J Applied Microbiol 2010; 108: 1817-1827
Luna V, Gulledge J, Cannons AC and Amuso PT. Improvement of a selective media for the isolation of B. anthracis from soils. J Microbiol Methods 2009; 79: 301-306
King D, Luna V, Cannons A and Amuso P. Provurement of spore-free Bacillus anthracis for molecular typing outside of BSL3 environment. J Applied Microbiol 2009; ISSN 1364-5072
Tatavarthy A, Peak K, Veguilla W, Cutting T, Harwood V, Roberts J, Amuso P, Cattani J and Cannons A. An accelerated method for isolation of Salmonella enteric serotype Typhimurium from artificially contaminated foods, using a short preenrichment, immunomagnetic separation, and Xylose-Lysine-Desoxycholate Agar (6IX Method). J Food Protection 2009; 72: 583-590
Roberts JC and Cannons AC. (2011). Molecular typing and virulence gene analysis of USF100 community-associated Staphylococcus aureas. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Tatavarthy A, Veguilla W and Cannons A. (2011). Rapid isolation and detection of Shigella sonnei from artificially contaminated baby foods. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Roberts JC and Cannons A. (2010). Molecular characterization of USF300 and USF400 Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. American Society for Microbiology, annual General Meeting
Tatavarthy A, Veguilla W, Peak K and Cannons A. (2010). Rapid detection and isolation of E. coli O157:H7 from artificially contaminated ready-to-eat foods. American Society for Microbiology, Annual General Meeting
Tatavarthy A, Peak K, Veguilla W, Sanderson R, Scilabro G, Amuso P and Cannons A. (2010). Molecular typing and antibiotic resistance analysis of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi. American Society for Microbiology, Annual General Meeting