Dr Asadulghani has established a Biosafety and Biosecurity network in Bangladesh. He has initiated the Nationwide Biosafety & Biosecurity Program and organized around 50 seminar/workshop in 8 divisions in Bangladesh at the Universities and Medical Colleges for strengthening the Biosafety and Biosecurity Status in the country. Under his leadership, Bangladesh Biosafety & Biosecurity Society (BBBS) was formed in November 2011. Staring from 2012, 6 annual conferences on Biosafety and Biosecurity was organized under his leadership. He served for two terms (2016-17 and 2018-19) as the Executive Committee Member of the Asia Pacific Biosafety Association. He is serving for the International Federation for Biosafety Association as a member of the Board of Directors since 2017.
Dr Asadulghani has received his MSc from the Department of Biochemistry, University of Dhaka (1990-91). He has received the MPhil from Department of Biochemistry, University of Dhaka based on his research conducted in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory of icddr,b (1997-98) on molecular genetics of enteric pathogenic V. cholerae strains particular on showing molecular mechanism of the origination of pathogenic strains from the non-pathogenic progenitors. He received Monbu Kagakusho Fellowship for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) study in Japan in 2001. He was the first researcher to analyze the posttranscriptional regulation of Heat Shock Protein (HSP) genes in the model organism Cyanobacteria (2001-4). He revealed the role of light in the modulation of HSP genes’ expression and evaluated the role of HSPs in salt stress management for his PhD, at Saitama University, Japan. He received Monbukagakusho post-doctoral position as research associated on April 2005 and started to work on reannotation of Entero Hemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157 Sakai strain and its Bacteriophage Biology, under the Frontier Sciences Research Center, University of Miyazaki, Japan. He then started the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Under the Japan Society of Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) to work in the field of Genomics and Bacteriophage Biology in pathogenic Escherichia coli strains from April 2006. After his postdoctoral work, he joined as the Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease, Division of Microbiology, Miyazaki University, Japan. During his postdoc and following faculty position at the University of Miyazaki, Japan (2004-9), he was working under the Microbial Whole Genome Sequencing Group, Japan, and demonstrated the novel mechanism of disseminating virulence genes by defective bacteriophages in Shiga toxin producing E. coli.
Dr Asadulghani has been working as the full time Biosafety Professional from September 2009. On August 2010, he participated in the two weeks long Training of the Trainer (ToT) program organized by NIH, USA, at Singapore National Polytechnique Institute and certified as Biosafety Professional for scientists, researchers, laboratory workers and biosafety professionals in the Asia-Pacific. He is working as the Head of Biosafety for the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), which is a multidisciplinary organization, conducting research and diagnostics with highly pathogenic infectious materials, constituted of fourteen laboratories, specimen reception unit, animal facility, media and lyophilization facility, central biorepository, and high containment facility. In addition to that icddr,b also has the field activities on disease outbreak investigation and clinical trials.
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Mr. Fayram is the Biosafety/Safety Officer at the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa. In this role, he manages health and safety programs for all laboratory and support staff, including biological, chemical, and radiological safety, as well as aspects of occupational health and safety. He also conducts biosafety and biosecurity outreach and consultation to diagnostic laboratories at healthcare facilities throughout Iowa. Drew received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Wartburg College and earned a Master of Science degree in microbiology from The University of Iowa. He worked in BSL2/BSL3 laboratories for 6 years and served as an APHL/CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellow at the Hygienic Laboratory before assuming his current position in 2015. Drew currently serves as the chair of the Hygienic Laboratory’s Safety Committee and is a member of the APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee, the ABSA International Education and Curriculum Task Force, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Highly Infectious Disease Planning Workgroup, and the University of Iowa’s Campus Safety Committee.
Natasha Griffith is the Quality and Safety Systems Branch Chief in the Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS). In her current role, she leads and works with staff to support the development and adoption of standards, guidelines, recommendations, and tools for improved quality and safety in clinical and public health laboratories.
Before joining DLS, Ms. Griffith directed all high contaminant facilities (Select Agent and Non-Select Agent BSL3 facilities) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She also was a lead faculty member for the instructional team of the internationally recognized Emory University Science and Safety and Onsite BSL3 and BSL4 behavioral-based biosafety training programs. With over 10 years of experience, Ms. Griffith has led numerous international missions in response to infectious disease outbreaks. She has implemented and managed projects on behalf of the American Society for Microbiology, United States Department of State, United States Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization. She assisted in the organization and delivery of behavioral-based training programs throughout the United States and in many international locations, lecturing in both English and French.
Ms. Griffith earned her Master of Science degree in Microbial Pathogenesis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA School of Public Health, where she is currently working on a PhD in Environmental Health Science.
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As the Director of Biocontainment Operations, John Henneman’s primary role is to provide leadership in biocontainment operations management to include oversight in maintenance management, research program support, information technology, and security management along with continued development of policies to support infectious disease research. John directs operations to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, laws, and guidelines relevant to biocontainment facilities and oversees all facility logistics required for the research mission. He works with the Director of the BRI to ensure the needs of the scientific program are met and collaborates with faculty and staff to develop training programs for current and future employees of the BRI. John has over 37 years of experience in scientific research and research laboratory operations. Previous positions include working as a research associate at the Laboratory of Comparative Carcinogenesis, National Cancer Institute; as a lab operations coordinator and then administrator at the Battelle Biomedical Research Center; and as Manager of Biocontainment Operations at the Pell Laboratory for Advanced Biological Research, The Pennsylvania State University. His expertise includes the design, construction, commissioning, and operation of biocontainment facilities, along with the unique ability to understand research needs and equip the facility to accommodate them. At Battelle, John also served as Chairman of an Environment, Safety, Health, and Surety Committee. At PSU he served on the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Safety Council, and Process Safety Management Focus Group. John is an American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP). He has also been an instructor or lecturer for ABSA and the Eagleson Institute. John served as one of ABSA’s representatives to the NIH Design Requirements Manual revision committee and as chairman of the ABSA task team supporting ABSA’s involvement with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committee to develop a national standard for the verification of BSL-3 facility performance (ANSI Z9.14-2019), and on the non-government review team to provide a revised version of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) Appendix D – Agriculture Pathogen Biosafety, for the 6th edition of the BMBL.
The Pennsylvania State University, Manager, Pell ABSL-3 Laboratory for Advanced Biological Research, 2011-2016
Battelle Biomedical Research Center, Laboratory Coordinator/Space Administrator, 1995-2010
Program Resources Inc./DynCorp, Research Associate, 1987-1995
Microbiological Associates, Inc., Laboratory Technician, 1983-1987
ABSA Classes in BSL-3, BSL3Ag, and BSL-4 Biocontainment Operations, 2004-2019
Graduate course work in Biomedical Sciences, Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), National Institutes of Health, Campus, Bethesda, MD
MS, Environmental Biology, Hood College, Frederick, MD
BA, Biology, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
Dr Kojima graduated from Hokkaido University School of Medicine in Sapporo, Japan. He subsequently obtained PhD from Sapporo Medical University for his study in infectious disease epidemiology. He was an Assistant Professor at its Medical School, having studied and taught virology and epidemiology with particular research interests in rotavirus and poliovirus, including long-term field experience in Myanmar engaged in polio eradication initiative.
Dr Kojima has been in service to WHO for 15 years, starting from the Regional laboratory coordinator at WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WHO/WPRO) in Manila, the Philippines. He moved to WHO Lyon Office and then to Headquarters in Geneva in 2010 where he continues as the Scientist charged with the responsibility for biosafety and laboratory biosecurity, including transportation of infectious substances.
John Laughter is Senior Vice President – Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance for Delta Air Lines, responsible for supporting all Delta departments in achieving the highest levels of safety, security, quality, and environmental performance.
John began his career in 1993 at Delta as an aircraft structural engineer and held various leadership positions in Engineering, Aircraft Acquisition, Materials and Planning. In 2006, he was promoted to Vice President of Delta TechOps’ worldwide Maintenance Operations including Delta’s fleet as well as a growing MRO customer base across the globe. John served in this capacity until joining the Corporate Safety Division in 2013.
Currently, John chairs the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Board and serves on the boards of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Delta Flight Museum, Candler Field Museum and Monastery of the Holy Spirit.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Timothy Mandrell, DVM, DACLAM, is a vivarium planning and research animal program consultant for institutions in the US and abroad. He has extensive expertise in animal facility design and operation, animal biosafety and occupational health and safety. Dr. Mandrell is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and is the author or co-author of over 60 published articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is active professionally having served as President of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) and a member of the board of directors and officer of ACLAM. He also serves as an Ad Hoc Specialist for AAALAC. Dr. Mandrell has been a speaker at numerous national meetings and workshops related to animal biosafety, occupational health, and design and construction of animal facilities. He served as chair of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science committee that developed the AALAS Learning Library biosafety training program for animal technicians. Dr. Mandrell is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Comparative Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He recently retired as Director, Professor, and Department Chair at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he served for 25 years.
As the Director of the Environment, Safety, and Health Compliance Office (ESHCO) for CDC, Paul Meechan and his staff of 61 are responsible for the health and safety of the employees, contractors and visitors at the CDC, as well as protecting the environment at and around CDC campuses. Prior to joining the CDC, he served as the Corporate Biosafety Officer at Merck and Co., Inc. from 2003 to 2010, and served as the Biosafety Officer at the Merck facility at West Point, PA from 1996 to 2003. He has also been an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University. Paul has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from SUNY College at Oswego, New York (1977), a Ph.D. in Radiation Biology from the University of Rochester (1983), and a MPH in Occupational Health and Safety Management from Tulane University (2003). He also holds RBP and CBSP certifications from ABSA and the CHMM certification. He has served two terms on the ABSA Council as Secretary and currently serves as President-Elect. He has been a member of numerous Federal taskforces and committees.
Steve Monroe, PhD, is the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (ADLSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He oversees the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS) which provides high-level oversight and coordination of critical laboratory policies and operations, particularly those associated with laboratory safety and quality management programs at all CDC campuses.
He was the deputy director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. He previously served as director of the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology at the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne, and Enteric Diseases, and before then he was director of the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases.
Dr. Monroe began his career at CDC in 1987 as a National Research Council fellow in the Viral Gastroenteritis Section in DVRD. He spent the next 17 years studying the biology and molecular epidemiology of enteric viruses, particularly astrovirus and norovirus. He was instrumental in defining the properties that led to the formal classification of astroviruses as a new virus family and served as chair of the first Astroviridae Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Dr. Monroe pushed the development and implementation of real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assays for detecting and characterizing noroviruses and provided formal and informal hands-on training to numerous collaborators in state health department laboratories. In 1998, he received the Pekka Halonen Award in diagnostic virology.
Dr. Monroe received a PhD in molecular biology from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Iowa State University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in virology at the University of Wisconsin prior to moving to CDC. Dr. Monroe has been the co-author of more than 130 scientific manuscripts and book chapters and holds two patents.
Christy Myrick serves as the lead auditor for the U.S. National Authority for the Containment (NAC) of Poliovirus at the CDC. The NAC is charged with creating and maintaining a national inventory of poliovirus materials, and certifying U.S. laboratories with an imperative to retain poliovirus post-eradication to global containment standards. Christy earned her PhD from the University of Florida working on the inheritance of complex immunological traits primarily with a murine model of type 1 diabetes, and performed post-doctoral work at Emory’s Vaccine Center characterizing HIV-specific CD8 T cells. She previously served as a biosafety manager for CDC laboratories (2016-2017), and as a senior inspector for the Division of Select Agents and Toxins (2008-2016). Christy is a registered biosafety professional and member of ABSA.
Dr. Ryan Ritterson received a BS in computational engineering science from UC Berkeley and PhD in biophysics from UC San Francisco. A major focus of Dr. Ritterson’s work is developing and promoting evidence-based laboratory biosafety practices, where he has developed several first-of-kind models. He led the biosafety component of Gryphon’s Risk and Benefit Assessment of Gain of Function Research, which represented a landmark contribution to understanding how human errors contribute to laboratory accidents and influenced the White House’s final policy recommending additional oversight of this research. Recently, he has supported both CDC and WHO in ensuring the safety of poliovirus research as we approach eradication, developing evidence-based biosafety standards to secure this immense global public health achievement. His other major area of work is assessing emerging biotechnologies, including developing frameworks to examine both the novel risks these technologies present to biosecurity and biosafety, as well as the potential ways their applications could improve preparedness and fuel economic growth. In one assessment, he analyzed the novel biosecurity hazards introduced by synthetic biology’s burgeoning automation and outsourcing industries and partnered with government and industry to develop voluntary guidelines and measures that could address these hazards. Through his project work and his continual engagement with the larger scientific community, Dr. Ritterson has become a sought-after expert on topics in biosafety and biosecurity.
Ren Salerno is the Director of the Division of Laboratory Systems at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is also the Designated Federal Official of the US Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee. His division at CDC works to improve public health surveillance and practice as well as patient outcomes by advancing clinical laboratory quality and safety, data and biorepository science, and workforce competency. Ren’s technical expertise is laboratory safety and risk management, and he was the lead author for the International Organization for Standardization’s technical standard 35001 on laboratory biorisk management. He is co-author of Laboratory Biosecurity Handbook (CRC Press, 2007), and co-editor of Laboratory Biorisk Management (CRC Press, 2015).
Casey Skvorc, PhD, JD is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Intelligence at American Public University. An attorney and medical psychologist, his background has included career assignments with the National Institutes of Health (Behavioral Health Screening Authority, Select Agent and Biosurety Programs) and the U.S. Department of Justice (Federal Law Enforcement Officer). His most recent publications in Applied Biosafety were entitled “Criminal Prosecution – A Jumpstart for Laboratory Safety Accountability” (2015, co-authored with Deborah E. Wilson), and “Employee, Contractor, or Student: Four Legal Decisions Illustrate Differences in Laboratory Worker Protections” (2016).
Cassandra Marie Tansey is a Senior Clinical Veterinarian in the Comparative Medicine Branch of the National Center for Emerging and Infectious Zoonotic Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Tansey received her DVM from Texas A&M University before completing a residency in laboratory animal medicine. In 2018, she became a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DACLAM).
Dr. Tansey joined the Comparative Medicine Branch in 2015. Her responsibilities include research and veterinary support for infectious disease studies, training laboratory animal medicine veterinary residents, providing veterinary support for research within high-containment laboratories, and serving on the CDC’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
Dr. Tansey is currently a member of a number of professional organizations, including the AVMA, American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, the Association of Primate Veterinarians, the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and is a World Veterinary Association Councillor for America (North).
Maureen Thompson BSN, RN, COHN-S, RBP is the Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Emory University and Environmental Health and Safety Officer (EHSO) at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC). Her responsibilities include: guidance and oversight for regulatory compliance, environmental health and safety training, BSL/ABSL-3 containment oversight, safety inspections, hazard identification, hazard monitoring and risk assessments. She is also responsible for the follow-up and investigations related to student, volunteer and employee injuries and exposures as well, as the workers compensation program. Prior to working in research Maureen worked as a Neonatal Nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Early career experiences include work in clinical laboratories and pediatric phlebotomy. Maureen has worked in the field of Environmental Health and Safety for more than 25 years, first as the Safety Officer at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta and then as the EHSO at the Yerkes NPRC. She continues to work with numerous agencies and research facilities to address research related health and safety concerns and development of comprehensive safety programs. She is a voting member of the Emory University Institutional Biosafety and Research Safety Committees and is the EHSO representative on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Jason Villano is the Director of Rodent and Rabbit Resources and an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Villano earned his veterinary degree from the University of the Philippines, a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and a Master of Science degree while pursuing residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He has served as clinical veterinarian at the Singapore General Hospital and at the University of Texas Medical Branch before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School. A Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), he currently serves as an ad hoc consultant for AAALAC International and is an active member and leader of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), ACLAM, and the Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV). He has written a book and book chapters and several scientific and review papers in the field of laboratory animal medicine and science.
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Patrick Stockton, MS, RBP, is the Director of Biosafety and Responsible Official at the University of Georgia. Previously, Patrick worked at the USDA and the CDC for a combined 21 years, serving 10 years as a Microbiologist for the Special Pathogens Branch and 8 years as the high containment Biosafety Officer for the then Office of Health and Safety. Patrick has extensive containment experience with 27 plus years of working in or managing activities in BSL-3, BSL-3Ag and BSL-4 operations. Patrick received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia. He is a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) with American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) and has been a member of ABSA for 13 years. He is a past President for the Southeastern Biological Safety Association (SEBSA) and currently serves as an Officer of the Board for SEBSA for 5 years.
Steve Harris is the Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Insurance and Claims Management for the University of Georgia. Previously he served as the State School Safety Unit Manager with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency – Office of Homeland Security (GEMA). Steve has also served as a Police Officer and as an Assistant Security Administrator of a school district. Steve graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in History and continued his education at The University of Georgia by receiving a Master’s degree in Social Science Education. Steve has worked in public safety for 24 years and holds a Professional Emergency Manager certification through the State of Georgia.
Captain Adam Fouche currently serves as the commander of the Bureau of Field Operations at the University of Georgia Police Department, where he oversees the uniformed patrol division and the traffic unit. He is also commander of the department’s SWAT team and has facilitated integration of Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services personnel into the SWAT team. Capt. Fouche has 16 years of experience in policing at the University of Georgia. He is certified in radiation alarm response through the Global Materials Security – Office of Radiological Security at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Capt. Fouche teaches police officers on the topics of tactics, firearms, tactical medicine, leadership, ethics, mental health, and constitutional law. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and his master of public safety administration from Columbus State University.
Roger L. Evans, is a 32 year member of Athens Clarke County Fire & Emergency Services Department. He is a Battalion Fire Chief and Commander of A Shift East Battalion. He is the program manager for Athens Clarke County Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team. Chief Evans is a graduate of Columbus State University Command College. He has a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration, Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership and Associates Degree in Fire Management. He is a Hazardous Material Technician, Emergency Medical Technician and National Certified Instructor. He is a National Fire Academy Alumnus and U.S Army Veteran. He serves as an executive member on the Athens Clarke County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
Domenica (Dee) Zimmerman is with the University of Texas Medical Branch, Environmental Health and Safety. She is the university biosafety officer and a senior environmental health and safety consultant in the Biological Safety program and serves as the university’s select agent alternate responsible official and IBC coordinator. Her duties include working closely with research staff in BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-4 laboratories. Dee has been with the University of Texas Medical Branch since 1982. She currently is a member of the ABSA Membership and Educational Operations committees. She attended InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico and was the lab and safety coordinator for the Marine Ecology Division, Center for Energy and Environmental Research at the University of Puerto Rico.