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Commander Hak Auth was born in 1978 in Cambodia and spent the first six years of his life in several United Nations Refugee Camps at the border of Cambodia and Thailand before immigrating to the United States in 1985. In 1996, he graduated from Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, CA. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. In 2008, he received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation focused on the identification and analysis of cellular proteins involve in the post-transcriptional regulation of messenger RNA stability.
CDR Auth was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps in September 2008, completed Officer Development School in Newport, RI, in November 2008, and reported directly to his first duty station, Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Jacksonville, FL. While stationed there from November 2008 through April 2012, CDR Auth served in both Deputy Director for Operations positions. From May 2012 to May 2015, CDR Auth was assigned to Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit (NEPMU) FIVE, San Diego, CA. At NEPMU FIVE, he served as the Department Head of Education and Training and as the Biochemist / Chemical & Radiological Component Lead for Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Units FOUR and FIVE. From May 2015 to July 2017, he was assigned to Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego, CA, and served as the Director for Operations and Technical Director. CDR Auth reported to Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Great Lakes, IL, as the Executive Officer in August 2017 and fleeted-up to Commanding Officer in August 2018. In August 2020, CDR Auth transferred to Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center and served the Department of the Navy Drug Testing Program Manager and as the Director of Laboratory Services, responsible for oversight of four field activities: Naval Dosimetry Center, Navy Bloodborne Infection Management Center, and two Navy Drug Screening Laboratories. In June 2022, CDR Auth reported onboard Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Jacksonville, FL as its Commanding Officer.
CDR Auth has previously completed two internships: in natural products synthesis at Yale University, New Haven, CT, and in molecular pharmacology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a Ronald McNair Scholar and served as a course instructor in pharmacology for the College Access Program at the University Wisconsin-Madison. CDR Auth is an author on two peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and three scientific abstracts / poster. CDR Auth’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards).
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