A scientist on the front lines of the anthrax investigation has been chosen to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Dr. Julie Gerberding will become the first female director of the CDC, the nation's top public health agency.
An administration official says Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson is scheduled to officially announce the appointment of the 46-year-old Gerberding today (Wednesday) at the CDC's headquarters.
Gerberding is the CDC's acting Deputy Director for Science. She is an infectious disease specialist credited with pioneering steps to protect health care workers exposed to the aids virus.
Gerberding was recruited to the CDC in 1998 and went on to become one of it's prominent investigators into last fall's anthrax attacks.