TASC, Inc. names new director of Chemical-Biological Defense Programs

TASC, Inc., has appointed Dr. Rashid Chotani as director of Chemical-Biological Defense Programs.

From this position, Chotani will lead the chemical and biological programs that operate in support of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the U.S. Army and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as well as the civilian Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Rashid brings more than 15 years of deep experience in public health, medicine and biodefense," Pamela Drew, vice president of enterprise systems at TASC, said. "We look forward to his leadership in integrating our chem-bio programs with warfighter, first responder and law enforcement organizations."

Before joining TASC, Chotani worked as the chief scientist to the joint project manager of chemical, biological and medical systems at the Department of Defense. He led teams of scientists in the development of vaccines and therapeutics for the effects of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons systems.

Before working at the DOD, Chotani held positions with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Public Health.

Chotani earned a master's degree in public health and a diploma in tropical medicine from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and his M.D. at Eugenio Maria de Hostos School of Medicine in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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