Roberto Fontanez is a scientist and optimist who partners with leaders of all kinds to support innovation and genuine compassion in delivering the best care to patients. Previously, Roberto served in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in a medical support team for the US Marine Corps. With a desire to be of service, he would go on to act as Technical Expert in flow cytometry at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and then as Lab Manager of the Andrology and Endocrinology Lab of a fertility clinic in NYC. Most recently, in response to the shortage of lab personnel created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Roberto joined a startup lab New York Genome Center as Lead Technical Expert to initialize high-volume and rapid testing for other essential personnel and underserved communities. In addition to his clinical laboratory work, Roberto teaches classes in microbiology and parasitology as an adjunct at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Roberto holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s college and a post graduate certification in Clinical Laboratory Science from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.