2016 Faculty

David R. Franz, D.V.M., Ph.D.

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.