Claro Scientific, LLC
Claro Scientific, LLC

Debra E. Huffman, Ph.D.

Senior Principal Scientist

Dr. Huffman received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biotechnology, Masters in Public Health and Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety from the University of South Florida. Dr. Huffman brings over 20 years of technical experience in infectious disease detection and public health to Claro. She previously held a State of Florida License as a Medical Technologist at the Supervisory Level and managed one of the largest independent clinical laboratories in the State of Florida. Recently retired after 16 years as a faculty Research Associate at the University of South Florida, her work has been dedicated to the development of cultural techniques and molecular methods for the detection of pathogenic and indicator microorganisms in various matrices ranging from bodily fluids to drinking and wastewater. Dr. Huffman also has broad experience in product development through collaborations with companies such as Clorox, Proctor & Gamble, Soda Club Int’l, and McDonalds Corporation. Dr. Huffman is also a recognized authority in waterborne diseases, having served as an expert witness for the National Research Defense Council and Calgon Carbon, Inc. Dr. Huffman has numerous peer reviewed scientific publications including several book chapters on emerging infectious diseases. She is trained in the areas of clinical and environmental microbiology, cell culture, clinical chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, and parasitology.

At Claro, Dr. Huffman contributes her clinical laboratory expertise to the research and development of diagnostic products and is a key inventor and developer of Claro’s second-generation intellectual property. During her time with Claro, she has been part of the team that has jointly authored six disclosures, submitted a pending patent application, and has numerous journal publications in preparation. Her most recent paper is entitled “A new method for the detection of microorganisms in blood cultures: Application of a quantitative interpretation model.” She currently holds a faculty appointment in the College of Public Health at USF.