Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Security Training and EducationDirector of Research, Nebraska Biocontainment Unit
Director, Global Center for Health Security
Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health
- 2023-present, Director, Global Center for Health Security, University of Nebraska Medical Center
- 2021-present, Professor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health
- 2017-present, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Security Training and Education, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Nebraska Medical Center
- 2017-2023, Co-Director, Global Center for Health Security, University of Nebraska Medical Center
- 2016-2021, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health
- 2016-2017, Co-Director, National Center for Health Security and Bio preparedness, University of Nebraska Medical Center
- 2016-present, Co-Principal Investigator, National Ebola Training and Education Center, National Consortium: Emory University, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, University of Nebraska Medical Center
- 2011-present, Director of Research and Development, Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, Nebraska Medicine
- 2013-2016, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
- 2011-2013, Instructor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
- 2012, PhD Medical Science, University of Nebraska Medical Center
- 2009, MS Molecular Virology, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
- 2006, BS Biological Chemistry, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
John J. Lowe, PhD is an Associate Professor who serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Security Training and Education, Director of Research for the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and National Quarantine Unit, and Director for the Global Center for Health Security at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Lowe specializes in infection prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases and special pathogens including COVID-19, Ebola, Lassa fever and Influenza. He has peer reviewed papers in molecular virology, industrial hygiene and environmental exposure assessment, focusing on environmental microbiology and disrupting transmission of infectious diseases.
Dr. Lowe leads COVID-19 initiatives investigating COVID-19 transmission dynamics, improving prevention in healthcare, long term care, meat packing and other industries. He currently serves as primary investigator for national training centers, international biosurveillence networks and has helped to determine national guidelines, policies, procedures, and best practices to treat patients with SARS Coronavirus 2, Ebola virus disease and other highly infectious diseases. Specific areas of focus include patient transportation, waste handling/disposal, patient discharge, patient remains, PPE donning and doffing, decontamination, etc. Dr. Lowe holds leadership roles in several organizations and centers, such as the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, the National Quarantine Unit, the National Ebola Training and Education Center, and the National Health Security Training Center. John is Co-PI of the Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative, a NIEHS funded consortium. Dr. Lowe has funded projects associated with addressing and disrupting the spread of highly infectious diseases through laboratory capacity building and clinical trials in West Africa as well as research initiatives with Department of Defense to optimize high-level isolation systems.
- Santarpia JL, Rivera DN, Herrera VL, Morwitzer MJ, Creager HM, Santarpia GW, Crown KK, Brett-Major DM, Schnaubelt ER, Broadhurst MJ, Lawler JV., Reid SP., Lowe JJ. Aerosol and surface contamination of SARS-CoV-2 observed in quarantine and isolation care. Sci Rep 2020 10, 12732. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-69286-3
- Aziz S, Arabi YM, Alhazzani W, Evans L, Citerio G, Fischkoff K, Salluh J, Meyfroidt G, Alshamsi F, Oczkowski S, Azoulay E, Price A, Burry L, Dzierba A, Benintende A, Morgan J, Grasselli G, Rhodes A, Moller MH, Chu L, Schwedhelm S, Lowe JJ, Bin D, Christian MD. Managing ICU surge during the COVID-19 crisis: rapid guidelines. Intensive Care Med. 2020 Jul;46(7):1303-1325. doi: 10.1007/s00134-020-06092-5. Epub 2020 Jun 8.
- +Herstein, J.J., Biddinger, P.D., Gibbs, S.G., Le, A.B., Jelden, K.C., Hewlett, A., Lowe, J.J. Sustainability of High-Level Isolation Capabilities among U.S. Ebola Treatment Centers. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2017 23(6): 965-967.
- +Jelden K.C., Gibbs S.G., Smith, P.W., Hewlett A.L., Iwen P.C., Schmid K.K., Lowe J.J. Comparison of hospital room surface disinfection using a novel ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) generator. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2016 Sep;13(9):690-8. doi: 10.1080/15459624.2016.1166369
- BenDarif E., Khalil A., Rayes A., Bennour E., Dhawi A., Lowe J.J., Gibbs S.G., Goering R.V. Characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolated at Tripoli Medical Center, Libya, between 2008 and 2014. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 2016 65(12):1472-5.
- Emery R.J., Patlovich S.J., +King K., Lowe J.J., Rios J. Comparing the established competency categories of the biosafety and infection prevention professions: a possible roadmap for addressing professional development training needs for a new era. Applied Biosafety: Journal of ABSA International. 2016 Jun;21(2):79-83. doi:10.1177/1535676016651250
- Iwen P.C., Smith P.W., Hewlett A.L., Kratochvil C.J., Lisco S.J., Sullivan J.N., Gibbs S.G., Lowe J.J., Herrera V.L., Sambol A.R., Wisecarver J.L., Hinrichs S.H. Safety Considerations in the Laboratory Testing of Specimens Suspected or Known to Contain Ebola Virus; A Question of Balance. American Journal of Clinical Pathology. 2015;143:4-5
- Jelden K.C., Gibbs S.G., Smith P.W., Schwedhelm S., Iwen P.C., Beam E., Hayes K.A, Marion N., Kratochvil C.J., Boulter K.C., Hewlett A.L., Lowe J.J. Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Patient Discharge and Environmental Decontamination Following Ebola Care American Journal of Infection Control. 2015 Mar 1;43(3):203-5
- Colbert, E.M; Gibbs, S.G.; Schmid, K.K; High, R.; Lowe, J.J; Chaika, O.; Smith, P.W. Evaluation of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence assay to confirm surface disinfection of biological indicators with vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) Hospital Infection. 2015 Mar 1;20(1):16-22.
- Lowe J.J., Jelden K.C., Schenarts P.J., Rupp Jr. L.E., Hawes K.J., Tysor B.M., Swansiger R.G., Schwedhelm S.S., Smith P.W., Gibbs S.G. Considerations for safe EMS transport of patients infected with Ebola Virus. Prehospital Emergency Care. 2015 Apr 3;19(2):179-83.
- Lowe J.J, Gibbs S.G., Iwen, P.C., Smith P.W., and Hewlett A.L. Decontamination of a hospital room using gaseous chlorine dioxide: Bacillus anthracis, Francisella tularensis, and Yersinia pestis. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2013;10(10)
- Lowe J.J., Panda D.B., Rose S., Jensen T., Hughes W., Tso F., et al. Evolutionary and structural analyses of alpha-papillomavirus capsid proteins yields novel insights into L2 structure and interaction with L1. Virology Journal. 2008; 5(1):150.
- Ng’andwe C., Lowe J. J., Richards, P. J., Hause, L. L., Wood, C. and Angeletti, P. C. The distribution of sexually transmitted human papillomaviruses among HIV positive and negative populations in Zambia, Africa. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2007; 7(1):77.
American Public Health Association
American Society of Microbiology
Public Health Association of Nebraska