Debra l. Hunt, DrPH, CBSP
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.