Biodefense Seminar Series

The Biodefense Seminar Series invites subject experts and policymakers from various government agencies to speak on current, critical issues in the field of biodefense and bioterrorism. The seminar series is part of the curriculum and is a required course for students in the Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases program. This seminar is also open to all students in Biomedical Graduate Education.

Dr. Michael Bray, Editor-in-Chief, Antiviral Research and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, and Dr. Seth Carus, Emeritus Distinguished Professor, National Defense University and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, coordinate the seminars. A full schedule can be found below. Contact Dr. Bray ( and Dr. Carus ( for more information.

Seminar Details

Course Name: BHTA 6551 – Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases Seminar Series
Time: Fridays, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Medical-Dental Building, Room C105

2019 Fall Schedule

Fall 2019 Biodefense Seminar Schedule
Date Topic Lecturer Affiliation
9/6 History of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism Seth Carus National Defense University (retired)
9/13 What Ebola and Zika have taught us about health security Jennifer Nuzzo Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
9/20 Threats to the Bio Economy Ed You Federal Bureau of Investigation
9/27 Alumni Panel and Networking Event

(Will be located in Pre-clinical Science Building Room LA2)

10/4 The Federal Response to Disasters Joselito Ignacio Federal Emergency Management Agency
10/11 National Bioforensic Analysis Center, NBACC George Korch Director, NBACC
10/18 Medical Countermeasures for public health emergencies Chris Hassell Department of Health and Human Services
10/25 Biodefense: where do we go from here? Dave Franz Former commander, USAMRIID
11/15 Responding to Ebola Epidemics Dan Chertow NIH Clinical Center
11/22 The Biological Weapons Convention Rebecca Katz Georgetown Medical School
11/29 Thanksgiving — No Class! N/A N/A
12/6 TBD N/A N/A