Anthony Sambol, MA, SM (NRM), SV (ASCP)

Department Affiliations
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Nebraska Public Health Laboratory  (NPHL)
Coordinator, Special Pathogens and Biosecurity Laboratory Sections, NPHL
Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer, Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory, NPHL

Diagnostic Virology, Diagnostic Chlamydiology

Anthony Sambol is currently the Assistant Director of the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the Coordinator of the NPHL's Special Pathogens & Biosecurity Laboratory sections. Anthony received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska. His duties also include that of Laboratory Program Advisor and Bioterrorism Laboratory Coordinator for the NPHL and as such, he is responsible for setting up and establishing the NPHL's testing capability for agents of bioterrorism and is involved in the establishment of a statewide laboratory network to improve the state's public health infrastructure. Prior to joining the NPHL in the fall of 1999, Anthony was employed in a variety of positions. These included working as a medical technologist in diagnostic virology/chlamydiology and infectious disease serology, a research scientist for an animal vaccine laboratory, and as a teacher of science courses at local community colleges.
Education and Training
B.A., in Biology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1979
M.A., in Biology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1981
M (ASCP), Certified Microbiologist, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1988
RM (NRM), National Registry of Microbiologists, Registered Microbiologist-Clinical and Public Health, 1988
SV (ASCP), Specialist in Virology, 1999
I (ASCP), Certified Immunologist, 2000
SM (NRM), National Registry of Microbiologists, Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety Microbiology, 2000 CBSP (ABSA), American Biological Safety Association, Certified Biological Safety Professional, 2000

National Activities
Association of Analytical Communities International
Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Laboratory Response Network Ad Hoc subcommittee
APHL and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Bioterrorism Laboratory Protocols Review Committee
APHL Emergency Preparedness & Response Committee
APHL Training and Education Committee
Nebraska Homeland Security Bioterrorism Preparedness Exercise Design Committee
Nebraska Health and Human Services System Bioterrorism Leadership Group
Nebraska Center for Preparedness Education Committee
Nebraska Homeland Security Group
West Nile Virus Intra-agency Working group
UNMC/UNO Institutional Biosafety Committee
Member, Omaha-Metropolitan Medical Response (MMRS) Laboratory sub-committee

Notable Publications
Validation of the Cepheid Xpert Flu A real time RT-PCR detection panel for emergency use authorization. Sambol AR, Iwen PC, Pieretti M, Basu S, Levi MH, Gilonske KD, Moses KD, Marola JL, Ramamoorthy P.J Clin Virol. 2010 Aug;48(4):234-8. Epub 2010 Jun 26. PMID: 20580600

Seronegative naturally acquired West Nile virus encephalitis in a renal and pancreas transplant recipient. Koepsell SA, Freifeld AG, Sambol AR, McComb RD, Kazmi SA. Transpl Infect Dis. 2010 Oct;12(5):459-64. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3062.2010.00530.x. Review. PMID: 20576021

Use of rapid influenza diagnostic tests under field conditions as a screening tool during an outbreak of the 2009 novel influenza virus: practical considerations. Sambol AR, Abdalhamid B, Lyden ER, Aden TA, Noel RK, Hinrichs SH. J Clin Virol. 2010 Mar;47(3):229-33. Epub 2010 Jan 18. PMID: 20080438

Seroprevalence of West Nile virus infection in solid organ transplant recipients.
Freifeld AG, Meza J, Schweitzer B, Shafer L, Kalil AC, Sambol AR. Transpl Infect Dis. 2010 Apr;12(2):120-6. Epub 2009 Oct 22. PMID: 19874565

Antigenic and genetic characteristics of swine-origin 2009 A(H1N1) influenza viruses circulating in humans. Garten RJ, Davis CT, Russell CA, Shu B, Lindstrom S, Balish A, Sessions WM, Xu X, Skepner E, Deyde V, Okomo-Adhiambo M, Gubareva L, Barnes J, Smith CB, Emery SL, Hillman MJ, Rivailler P, Smagala J, de Graaf M, Burke DF, Fouchier RA, Pappas C, Alpuche-Aranda CM, López-Gatell H, Olivera H, López I, Myers CA, Faix D, Blair PJ, Yu C, Keene KM, Dotson PD Jr, Boxrud D, Sambol AR, Abid SH, St George K, Bannerman T, Moore AL, Stringer DJ, Blevins P, Demmler-Harrison GJ, Ginsberg M, Kriner P, Waterman S, Smole S, Guevara HF, Belongia EA, Clark PA, Beatrice ST, Donis R, Katz J, Finelli L, Bridges CB, Shaw M, Jernigan DB, Uyeki TM, Smith DJ, Klimov AI, Cox NJ. Science. 2009 Jul 10;325(5937):197-201. Epub 2009 May 22. PMID: 19465683

Evaluation of a new West Nile Virus lateral-flow rapid IgM assay. Sambol AR, Hinrichs SH. J Virol Methods. 2009 May;157(2):223-6. Epub 2009 Jan 10. PMID: 19138705

Designing a biocontainment unit to care for patients with serious communicable diseases: a consensus statement. Smith PW, Anderson AO, Christopher GW, Cieslak TJ, Devreede GJ, Fosdick GA, Greiner CB, Hauser JM, Hinrichs SH, Huebner KD, Iwen PC, Jourdan DR, Kortepeter MG, Landon VP, Lenaghan PA, Leopold RE, Marklund LA, Martin JW, Medcalf SJ, Mussack RJ, Neal RH, Ribner BS, Richmond JY, Rogge C, Daly LA, Roselle GA, Rupp ME, Sambol AR, Schaefer JE, Sibley J, Streifel AJ, Essen SG, Warfield KL. Biosecur Bioterror. 2006;4(4):351-65. PMID: 17238819

Performance of a commercial immunoglobulin M antibody capture assay using analyte-specific reagents to screen for interfering factors during a West Nile virus epidemic season in Nebraska.
Sambol AR, Hinrichs SH, Hogrefe WR, Schweitzer BK. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2007 Jan;14(1):87-9. Epub 2006 Nov 22. PMID: 17121982

Geographic factors contributing to a high seroprevalence of West Nile virus-specific antibodies in humans following an epidemic. Schweitzer BK, Kramer WL, Sambol AR, Meza JL, Hinrichs SH, Iwen PC. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2006 Mar;13(3):314-8. PMID: 16522771

Comparison of the Syva Microtrak enzyme immunoassay and Abbott Chlamydiazyme in the detection of chlamydial infections in women. Olsen MA, Sambol AR, Bohnert VA. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1995 Feb;119(2):153-6. PMID: 7848062

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Anthony Sambol, MA, SM(NRM), SV(ASCP)
Anthony Sambol, MA, SM (NRM), SV (ASCP)
Email Address

Mailing Address
985900 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5900

Office Location
DRC2 8030

Phone Numbers
Office: 402-559-3032