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2016 Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity

The UPMC Center for Health Security recently announced the selection of its 2016 Fellows in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI).

The ELBI is a competitive fellowship program designed to create and sustain a multidisciplinary, and intergenerational biosecurity community made up of motivated young professionals as well as current leaders.

This year UPMC has selected 28 applicants from a wide array of backgrounds, including biological science, medicine, policy, the military, law, public health and the private sector.

The complete list of 2016 Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative Fellows includes:

  • Wendy Beauvais, Royal Veterinary College (UK)
  • Anne Cheever, Booz Allen Hamilton/DARPA
  • Francisco Cruz, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Genya Dana, Department of State
  • Cory Davenport, University of Maryland
  • Natalie DeGraaf, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Christine Farquharson, Executive Office of the President
  • Mary Foote, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Stephanie Griese, CDC
  • Trevor Hall, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Canada)
  • Mark Hansberger, DTRA
  • Siddha Hover, BAI, Inc./DHS
  • Daniel Jackson, Department of State
  • Dylan Jones, DTRA
  • Samantha Kasloff, Prospective Postdoctoral Fellow in Virology & Biosecurity (Canada)
  • Mary Lancaster, DTRA
  • Gregory Measer, FDA
  • Lianne Parr, Booz Allen Hamilton/DHS
  • Amber Murch, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (UK)
  • Reid Orth, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Megan Palmer, Stanford University
  • Kristin Post, Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning
  • Hayley Severance, Booz Allen Hamilton/DoD Cooperative Threat Reduction Program
  • Claire Standley, George Washington University
  • Jennifer January Therrien, CDC
  • Angela Vasa, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Krista Versteeg, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Jennifer Weisman, Strategic Analysis, Inc./DARPA

“We are continually impressed by the caliber of applicants to this program, and it is increasingly difficult each year to make our final selections,” said Tom Inglesby, CEO and Director, UPMC Center for Health Security. “The field of biosecurity is a rapidly evolving environment, and so encouraging an influx of new ideas and perspectives from a variety of fields is vital to keeping pace with new technologies and emerging threats.”

The 2016 ELBI class will engage with influential figures in the field of biosecurity through a series of meetings and candid discussions on issues that are critical to the future of work in this area. The program lasts throughout the year and will begin with a Washington, DC workshop in March.

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