Webinar: Biosecurity Implications of Gene Drive Research

November 19, 2015

This webinar will explore some of the implications gene drive research has on biosecurity, including entomological warfare and agricultural security. The webinar is an information-gathering meeting for the committee in which the speakers are invited to provide input to the committee.

Speakers:

General considerations for biosecurity– Edward You, Federal Bureau of Investigations  bio

Mr. Edward You is a Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Mr. You is responsible for creating countermeasures, programs, and activities to coordinate and improve FBI and interagency efforts to identify, assess, and respond to potential intentional biological threats or incidents. These efforts include expanding FBI outreach to the Biological Sciences community and supporting efforts to identify and address potential security challenges in emerging biotechnology, such as synthetic biology and the use of big data in the life sciences.

Implications of gene drives for agricultural security – Jacqueline Fletcher, Oklahoma State University  bio

Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher is Regents Professor, Sarkeys Distinguished Professor, and Director of the National Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB) at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Fletcher’s research focuses on molecular biology and gene regulation of phytopathogenic molecutes (bacteria that lack a cell wall), insect transmission of phytopathogenic mollicutes, and phytobacterial disease of importance to agriculture in Oklahoma. As Director of NIMFFAB she oversees the institutes programs to assess and support U.S. capabilities in the use of microbial forensic to detect plant pathogens and monitor food safety.

Potential for the use of gene drives in entomological warfare— Amesh Adalja, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center  bio

Dr. Amesh Adalja is a Senior Associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC. He also serves on the City of Pittsburgh’s HIV Commission. Dr. Adalja expertise spans infectious disease, pandemic policy, emerging infections, and preventing bioterrorism. He is board certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and critical care medicine.

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