George Mason University features Dana Perkins at biodefense policy seminar

The George Mason University biodefense program announced on Tuesday that Dana Perkins will be the speaker for its biodefense policy seminar on March 17.

The seminar is titled "Biological weapons non-proliferation, biosecurity and counterterrorism: and international perspective" and will feature Perkins' expertise on biochemistry, pharmacology and experimental therapeutics.

Perkins represented the United States as a member of the U.N.'s 1540 Committee Group of Experts in 2012-2013. She also worked in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leading the Biological Weapons Nonproliferation and Counterterrorism Branch in the Office of Policy and Planning, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Perkins has coordinated with government agencies and senior level officials to provide expertise and policy advice on biodefense, biosecurity and public health emergency preparedness and response.

While at HHS/ASPR, Perkins directed and coordinated national and international progress on biodefense and biosecurity issues, policies, weapons nonproliferation and health security. She also provided analysis and prepared plans to support the government's biodefense and biosecurity policy.

Perkins earned a master's degree in biochemistry from the University of Bucharest, Romania. She specialized in Microbiology/Neurovirology during her PhD studies in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at the University Maryland, Baltimore.