the American Academy of Microbiology and was the recipient of the American Society for Microbiology award in Applied and Environmental Sciences. He recently served as president of the American Society of Microbiology. His recent studies have focused on the application of molecular techniques to environmental problems. His studies have included the development of “suicide vectors” for the containment of genetically engineered microorganisms and the use of gene probes and the polymerase chain reaction for environmental monitoring, including the detection of pathogens and indicator bacteria for water quality monitoring. He was a member of the NRC committee that recently released the report “Biotechnology Research in an Age of Terrorism.”


Manuel S. Barbeito, Independent Consultant

Manuel S. Barbeito is an independent Biosafety Consultant, Registered Microbiologist, and Certified Biological Safety Professional. He received his B.S. in microbiology from Pennsylvania State University and took postgraduate courses at University of Maryland and New York University. He worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Postal Service, and Consolidated Safety Services for the U.S. State Department on the decontamination of facilities and equipment contaminated with Bacillus anthracis. In 1996, he retired as Biological Safety Officer from USDA-Agriculture Research Services as the Biological Safety Officer where he served as the agency’s technical expert for construction and use of containment facilities and for decontamination and sterilization of laboratories and materials. He worked as microbiologist in the Agent Control Division at Fort Detrick from 1956 to 1972 in the biological, chemical, and industrial safety program for personnel handling pathogenic microorganisms and biological toxins. From 1969 to 1972 he worked with colleagues on the decontamination of Fort Detrick containment facilities following their extensive use with numerous pathogenic organisms and toxins.


Jacqueline Cattani, University of South Florida

Jacqueline Cattani is Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health and Director of the Center for Biological Defense in the College of Public Health at University of South Florida (USF). She received her Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her MPH and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining USF, she served as epidemiologist/scientist for the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, as a faculty member in the Department of Tropical Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as malaria epidemiologist at the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Institute of Medical Research in Madang, PNG. Her current research is on dual-use disease surveillance for bioterrorism and other public health emergencies, the design, development, and evaluation of educational and training materials on biodefense for



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