Joshua S. Stallard
The Power List 2021 – Front(line) and Center
Described as a “self-starter and inspirational leader,” Joshua is Chief of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Keesler Air Force Base. At the start of the pandemic, Joshua led his lab to assess its analyzer and molecular capabilities and began developing a high-throughput COVID-19 testing solution using existing on-site instrumentation. He then overcame material shortages to implement a secondary COVID-19 reference lab for the Department of Defense, testing and reporting up to 500 samples per day with a less-than-24 hour turnaround time. This allowed the US Air Force to continue to train new recruits and keep the Air Force thriving.