Stanford names microbiologist co-director of CISAC

Stanford University recently named Dr. David Relman, a microbiologist, as the next co-director of the university's Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Relman, a professor of infectious diseases and an adviser to the federal government on emerging biological threats, said that his new role can help the center make the world a safer place.

"There is a strong link between microbiology, infectious diseases and international security," Relman said. "It is increasingly clear that the destabilizing effects of human population growth and displacement, environmental degradation and climate change are all mediated in part through the emergence and spread of infectious diseases."

Relman is currently a member of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, chairs the Forum on Microbial Threats at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and is the chief of infectious diseases at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System.

"David Relman is one of the nation's top scientists exploring the mysteries of infectious disease, a thoughtful adviser to policymakers, and an extraordinary colleague," Tino Cuéllar, a law professor and the center's co-director, said. "He will make tremendous contributions to CISAC's leadership as we expand our activities on public health and biosecurity while continuing our work on arms control and nuclear security."