Jeff Drocco becomes a biosecurity fellow

Jeff Drocco, a scientist and analyst with the Biodefense Knowledge Center at Lawrence Livermore, was a recent participant in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative program. | Courtesy of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced on Tuesday that Jeff Drocco, an analyst and scientist at the lab's Bio-defense Knowledge Center, participated as a fellow in the Emerging Leaders in Bio-security Initiative.

He participated among 27 other fellows in the program run by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Fellows met with several government officials from the Pentagon, the White House, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and other agencies.

“It was amazing," Drocco said. "Biosecurity is not a large field, and the program featured a real 'who’s who' of the people who work in it. Part of the draw of the week also was to meet the other fellows, who represent a broad diversity of backgrounds, including public health and epidemiology, working at Department of Defense labs, coming from Canada and the U.K., industry and academia.”
  
Topics that were covered among the three-day workshop included response to emerging diseases like the Ebola virus, protection methods against biological threats and agents and how policy is carried out at the executive level.

Drocco has worked with the lab since 2013 and holds a doctorate in biophysics from Princeton University. As part of the program application, candidates submitted essays on the field. Drocco's consisted of the topic of privacy rights in an age where genetic identification and sequencing is becoming more feasible.

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