The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security named the fellows for its 2015 Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI) on Wednesday.
The center has selected 28 experts in the field of biological security into this year's initiative fellowship. They represent a number of institutions including universities, national and international government agencies and professional organizations.
"With the vision and support of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in the Department of Defense, our center started this fellowship program in 2012," Director and CEO Tom Inglesby said. "We have been impressed with the high caliber of candidates every year. The fellows in this year's class are equally smart, committed and enthusiastic about the diverse field of biosecurity. We're excited to engage with them this year."
The initiative provides ample opportunity for networking and connecting with other experts and industry leaders in the field of biosecurity and to improve response and prevention measures against biological threats on a global scale.
"The success of this program is due to the many opportunities that early career fellows have to form lasting connections with each other and to interact in substantive ways with current leaders in biosecurity, both in and outside of government," COO and Deputy Director Anita Cicero said. "The ELBI program is building a connected network of people who want to make a positive difference in the future of biosecurity."