Director of Education and Scientific Affairs
AALAS and the AALAS Foundation
Dr. Nicole Duffee is the Director of Education & Scientific Affairs for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. She leads the development team of the AALAS Learning Library for the online learning platform and courses in laboratory animal science. She oversees and contributes to print publications of AALAS educational resources. She directs the Grants for Laboratory Animal Science program. Dr. Duffee is a former President of the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange (LAWTE). She was honored to be the recipient of the 1999 AALAS George R. Collins Award for contributions to the field of laboratory animal training, the 2008 recipient of the Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation Award for activities in animal biosafety training, and the 2014 LAWTE Ripple Award for contributions to LAWTE leadership. Dr. Duffee’s publications on the education and training of laboratory animal personnel include a chapter in the Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science (2nd and 3rd editions), an article in the ILAR Journal article in the 2007 issue of Training and Adult Learning Strategies for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and a chapter on training in The Care and Feeding of an IACUC: The Organization and Management of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2nd edition).
Dr. Ellis graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Microbiology, and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. He is Director of Biosafety and Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology at Colorado State University (CSU). He was awarded the Russian Academy of Agricultural Science Gold Medal of Achievement in the field of Veterinary Science, December 2008. In October 2015, Bob was awarded the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award, which is given to a current ABSA member for outstanding contributions to ABSA by promoting the field of biological safety and fostering, by example, the high professional standards of the Association's membership.
Bob was on the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) Council for 6 years and was President 2008-2009. Bob was the Executive Director of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases from 1987 - 2014, and was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Animal Health Research Reviews. Bob initiated (2004) and directs the Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course (BBTC) each July in Fort Collins, CO.
Bob grew up on the family sheep and cattle ranch NW of Lander, WY. Bob and his brother Dick (ranch manager) are co-owners of the family ranch which was purchased by their great-grand parents in 1918. In Bob’s words regarding how he handles his different roles in life, “I just change hats and step into a different role. I am comfortable with whom I am; it would be too hard trying to be someone else.”
Dr. Franz served in the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for 23 of 27 years on active duty and retired as Colonel. He served as Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and as Deputy Commander of the Medical Research and Materiel Command. Prior to joining the Command, he served as Group Veterinarian for the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He was Technical Editor for the Textbook of Military Medicine on Medical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Warfare released in 1997. Current standing committee appointments include the National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control where he chairs the ‘biological panel’ and the Senior Technical Advisory Committee of the National Biodefense Countermeasures Analysis Center (DHS). He serves as a Senior Mentor to the Program for Emerging Leaders at the National Defense University. He also serves on the Boards of the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation and Integrated Nano-Technologies, LLC.
He holds an adjunct appointment as Professor for the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. The current focus of his activities relates to the role of international engagement in public health and the life sciences as a component of global biosecurity policy. Domestically he continues to encourage thoughtfulness when regulating research in the name of security, thereby minimizing negative impact on progress in the life sciences.
Dr. Franz holds a D.V.M. from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. in Physiology from Baylor College of Medicine.
Director, Biological Safety Division and Assistant Professor
Dr. Hunt is the Director of Biological Safety for Duke University and Duke University Health System, Durham, NC. She is the Responsible Official for the Duke University Select Agent Program, an assistant professor in the Duke University Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Occupational Medicine, and is the Biological Safety Officer for the Institutional Biosafety Committee.
She is a Certified Biological Safety Professional, and is a past-president of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). In 2012, she was awarded the Arnold G. Wedum Distinguished Achievement Award by ABSA. She has been a co-editor for two editions of the reference book, Biological Safety: Principles and Practices, published by the American Society for Microbiology (3rd ed., 2000; 4th ed., 2006).
She is currently the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) that is housed in the NIH Office of Safety and Health. Most recently, she serves on the External Laboratory Safety Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of CDC to review laboratory safety at the CDC, NIH, and FDA and make recommendations to enhance best practices in laboratory safety within those institutions.
Dr. Hunt holds a BA in Zoology from Duke University, Certificate in Medical Technology from Duke Medical Center, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
CEO and Founding Partner
Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions
For over 20 years, Sean has dedicated his life to the study of behavior and motivating behavior change among individuals infected or affected by infectious diseases. He has served the general public through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and the World Health Organization responding to outbreaks including HIV, SARS, Monkey Pox, Anthrax, and H1N1. Most recently, Sean served with Samaritan’s Purse, Hospitals for Humanity and the Department of State in West Africa during the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Prior to working in West Africa, he trained and worked beside the doctors and nurses in the isolation unit caring for Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Wriebol at Emory University. As an expert witness in 2014, Sean provided Congressional Testimony at the House of Representatives: Energy and Commerce Committee on the CDC Anthrax Laboratory Incident. He has provided behavioral-based biosafety training to thousands of scientists around the world who are working in or supporting high-containment laboratories (BSL3/BSL4). Today, Sean continues to address many issues of workforce safety and enhancing safety culture by examining workforce perceptions, behaviors, and expectations of leadership.
Agency Biological Safety Officer
United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service
Joe is a biosafety professional with over 25 years of experience and has worked in the biotechnology industry, academia and federal sector. Mr. Kozlovac is a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) and a Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) through the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). He has authored several journal articles and textbook chapters on various biosafety topics. In 2009 Mr. Kozlovac received the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award from ABSA and in 2015 received the Biosafety Professional of the Year from Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association. Joe is currently employed at the USDA ARS where he is responsible for developing biosafety policy for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
Joe’s professional services include serving as the USDA co-chair for the Interagency Biorisk Management Working Group of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS) Subcommittee on Biodefense Research and Development; serves on the American College of Microbiology, National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM) as the Chair of the SM Biological Safety Exam Development Committee; served as the USDA biosafety lead SME on a 2015 collaborative effort between USDA and FAO to evaluate Biosafety and veterinary diagnostic capacity in 4 African nations; serving as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program, Serves as an ARS representative reviewing the Biocontainment aspects of the design of the DHS National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). Joe has also in the past served as a peer reviewer on the design of USAMRIID’s new research facility; provided biosafety training to >850 Pakistani Scientists as part of an effort by the State Department, and served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department on the Technical Review Committee for the decontamination of an anthrax contaminated mailbag facility in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Director and Research Professor
OH Unit at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Washington State University (based in Kenya)
Dr Kariuki Njenga is a leader in the field of One Health (OH) approach for preventing and controlling emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Presently, he is a part-time research professor at Washington State University (based in Kenya), head of the OH Unit at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and also serves as a GIS consultant on OH and Biosafety and Biosecurity.
Dr Njenga holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi,Kenya, and PhD from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is a trained virologist with research experience in paramyxoviruses, Rift Valley fever virus, Influenza virus, and other zoonotic viruses.
Dr Njenga served as Laboratory Director of the regional Global Disease Detection program of United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Kenya where he established a BL-3 laboratory and served as the lead laboratory scientist during the 2006/7 RVF epidemic in Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania. He also served as the lead laboratory scientists during the highly pathogenic influenza H5N1 epidemic in Nigeria in 2007/8. As a GIS consultant, Dr Njenga has participated in the process of establishing a OH program in Uganda and Tanzania, and served as technical advisor during the process of developing a Biosafety and Biosecurity bill and policy for Kenya. He spearheaded the establishment of a OH office in Kenya, referred to as the Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU), whose goal is enhancing collaboration between the human and animal health sectors in order to promote better prevention and control of zoonotic diseases. Dr Njenga has served in various FAO and WHO panels tackling emerging and re-emerging diseases.
Director, Bureau of Laboratory Sciences
William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute
Dr. Pentella is the Director of the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory. He chairs the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee. He has served on several national committees focused on biosafety issues and has contributed to several publications. He was a member of CDC’s Biosafety Blue Ribbon Panel and the Guidelines for Biosafety Laboratory Competency development team. He has developed several biosafety training tools and programs. He has delivered presentations at several symposiums on biosafety. He has over forty years experience in clinical microbiology laboratory and in hospital infection control. His career has spanned working in public health and hospital microbiology laboratories. He is certified as a specialist in microbiology through the American Society for Clinical Pathology, in infection control through the Association of Professionals in Infection Control, and is also certified as an American Board of Medical Microbiology Diplomate. He has had academic appointments at Thomas Jefferson University, the University of South Florida and the University of Iowa. Over the years, he has made several contributions that have improved diagnostic testing assays. He has written over 40 articles and nine book chapters. Dr. Pentella’s primary interests are in biosafety, biodefense, foodborne pathogens and emerging infectious diseases.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Nina Pham is a 27 year old born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University in 2010.
Since graduation, she moved to Dallas and has worked as an RN in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas. She was the 1st person to contract Ebola on U.S. soil after taking care of patient Thomas Eric Duncan.
Nina was declared Ebola free on October 24, 2014.
AALAS and the AALAS Foundation
With over 40 years of experience in association management, health care administration, and education, Dr. Ann Turner has served her communities in various manners. She is currently the executive director of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) in Memphis, Tn. Dr. Turner earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Education in Child Development and Family Relations from Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Systems Planning and Development also from Penn State. Dr. Turner has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 1989 and was awarded Fellow status in the American Society of Association Executives in 2006. She served on the Board of Directors for ASAE and the ASAE Foundation 2011 - 2013. Ann is a member of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center IACUC.
Medical Director of Clinical Microbiology/Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
University of Louisville Hospital
Dr. Snyder serves the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) as its representative to the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) for Preparedness and Response to Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases, coordinating editor of the LRN Sentinel Laboratory Testing Protocols, co-author of the Anthrax Sentinel Laboratory Protocol, member of the Laboratory Practices Committee, section editor of the Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, former chairman of Division C (Clinical Microbiology), and a reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. He recently was selected to represent the ASM on the APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee. He is a lifetime member of the South Central Association of Clinical Microbiology (SCACM) and has held several leadership positions including two terms as president and currently serves on the SCACM Audioconference Continuing Education Series Program Planning committee. He has authored or co-authored over 60 publications, five book chapters, numerous abstracts, research posters, and presented numerous invited presentations at the regional, national, and international levels.
He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with over 43 years of service including deployment to the Iraq in 20011 where he commanded the Medical Task Force in support of Operation New Dawn.
Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation
James M “Jim” Welch is the executive director of the Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation, (www.griffinresearch.org) a US-based non-profit foundation that works globally in collaboration with government and non-government stakeholders in the advocacy of safe and secure research that improves global health security.
Educated at East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee, he currently serves on the advisory board of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is a member of the board of directors of the International Federation of Biosafety Association where his role is special envoy for biosafety and biosecurity. Jim has been a key speaker and panelist at numerous professional conferences and symposia around the world as well as an instructor in professional courses related to biosafety, biosecurity, leadership, risk communication and management. He currently serves as one of five global risk communication experts on an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) project managed by Akademi Sains Malaysia for young scientists in the Asia-Pacific region and serves on the steering group of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium. He is also a member of the Law Enforcement and Veterinary International Conference (LEVIC) at INTERPOL.
Jim is a named honorary member of the Association of Primate Veterinarians and was the 2011 recipient of the John H Richardson Humanitarian Award from the American Biological Safety Association.