Susan E. Sharp, Ph.D. is the Scientific Director for Copan Diagnostics and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at Florida International University. She is a past-president of the American Society for Microbiology, a current member of the CLSI Microbiology Expert Panel and of the CLSI AST-Subcommittee, as well as several CLSI ad hoc working groups. She completed her B.S. degree in Medical Technology and her M.S. degree in Medical Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed her Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology at Texas A&M University and post-doctoral training at Hartford Hospital. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Microbiology and a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. She is a past member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Office of Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a past member of the Microbiology Resource Committee for the College of American Pathologists. She has given over 180 scientific presentations and authored over 80 published manuscripts and 13 book chapters. As a clinical microbiology director for over 30 years, her interests were in cost-effective, clinically-relevant diagnostic microbiology and setting standards and guidelines for the practice of clinical microbiology. As the Scientific Director for Copan Diagnostics, her primary goals are to further the knowledge and acceptance of gold standard and novel specimen collection devices, and to develop studies and work with investigators to advance the field of automation, interpretive algorithms, and artificial intelligence in diagnostic microbiology.