George Mason Biodefense is very excited to launch the Biodefense Policy Seminar, the D.C. area’s premiere speaker series focused on biodefense and biosecurity issues. The monthly seminars – free and open to the public – feature leading figures within the academic, security, industry, and policy fields of biodefense. Our speakers for the next few months include Dr. Charles Bailey, Executive Director at the National Biodefense Center, Dr. Alexander Garza, Assistant Secretary for health affairs and Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, and Dr. Daniel Gerstein, Deputy Undersecretary for Science & Technology at the Department of Homeland Security.
Charles Bailey is the Executive Director of the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases. He manages a Biosafety Level -3 containment laboratory and conducts translational research aimed at developing diagnostics, antiviral drugs, therapeutics and vaccines against biological threat pathogens or newly emerging infectious diseases. Prior to joining George Mason, Dr. Bailey served in the US Army for 25 years where he conducted research on arthropod borne viral diseases in the US, Southeast Asia and Africa. Dr. Bailey also served as a senior analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency and as an analyst for the Battelle Memorial Institute.