Current Students

Enrich your academic experience with resources available at Georgetown University.

The Biohazardous Threat Agents & Infectious Diseases (BHTA) is one of the three Master’s programs offered under the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Students have access to all the Biomedical Graduate Education student resources. Resources include 1-on-1 career coaching, professional memberships, mentorship program, seminars, academic assistance, and many other resources to enrich your academic experience. This program follows the academic rules and guidelines established in the Graduate School Bulletin.

Students are encouraged to participate in the Global Health Initiative at Georgetown University to engage in global-health related activities and interdisciplinary research.

For incoming Fall 2020 MS BHTA students, please review this “How to Get Started” PDF package to prepare you for the incoming semester. Please be sure to also visit our “New Student” checklist, which is shared on our Department website.

New Students

Find information about new student orientation schedules and new student checklists.

New Student

Biodefense Seminar Series

Attend talks given experts and policy makers from various government agencies.

Biodefense Seminar Series

Our Students

What are our biohazardous students up to?

Student Profiles

Office of Career Strategy & Professional Development

Achieve the Next Step in Your Career.

Career Resources

Student Resources Hub

Find the full list of students resources here.

Student Resources

Dahlgren Memorial Library’s Guide

Explore Dahlgren Memorial Library’s guide to infectious diseases and biohazard research resources.

Dahlgren Memorial Library’s Guide

2020 Student Cohort

Meet our amazing 2020 Student Cohort! Learn about their background, career and academic interests, and hobbies.


Aggie Serrame

“My advice is to the current M.S. students is to know your worth. A lot of the young professionals, myself included, tend to undermine our talents when in reality, we are worth more than what we think. When applying for future careers, you will never find your dream job in your 20’s. But always look at life in a positive but realistic way and know that you will always start from something small and then work your way up.”


BHTA & BSPA End of Semester Celebration

Date: December 21, 2020
Time: 9:30am-11am

This year has been uniquely arduous. Let’s take some time to celebrate all of your accomplishments! Ada Bacetty will give a talk on “Leadership in the Wake of COVID-19“.

Ada Bacetty

Ada Bacetty is the Department Chief for the Biological Threat Reduction Program in DTRAs Cooperative Threat Reduction program. Most recently, Dr. Bacetty held positions as a Director for USDAs Foreign Agricultural Service and Senior Policy Advisor for a Chairman of a House Appropriations Subcommittee. From 2008-2016, she served in various roles within the Department of Defense (DoD), to include International Scientific Program Manager, Country Officer, Team Lead, Branch Chief, and Program Manager. Prior to her DoD career, Dr. Bacetty was a USDA-ARS research scientist conducting studies focused on host-pathogen interactions, mycotoxins, nematology, and pathogen detection. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and presented at several national and international meetings. Ada holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from South Carolina State University, a Master’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University, and a PhD in Plant Pathology from The University of Georgia. 


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