Naomi Kelly joined the State of Tennessee a little over a year ago and has already brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Department of Agriculture. Naomi serves the agriculture industry of Tennessee as a Microbiologist at the C. E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory. In her time at the lab, Naomi has organized and streamlined the important analytic technique known as PCR, which has resulted in clients being able to receive their results much quicker than before. During the recent avian influenza outbreak, Naomi was instrumental in organizing the laboratory’s response to the sudden influx of thousands of samples that needed to be analyzed very quickly. Her knowledge, ingenuity, and organizational skills resulted in rapid and accurate test results that aided greatly in stopping the outbreak. Naomi earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Sciences and an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington. Naomi also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Naomi worked at the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the Molecular Biology Department for five years before joining the C. E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory in 2015.