David Franz, Chair, is chief biological scientist at the Midwest Research Institute. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for 23 of his 27 years on active duty. Dr. Franz has served as both deputy commander and then commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and as deputy commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Prior to joining the Command, he served as group veterinarian for the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Dr. Franz served as chief inspector on three United Nations Special Commission biological warfare inspection missions to Iraq and as technical advisor on long-term monitoring missions. He also served as a member of the first two U.S./U.K. teams that visited Russia in support of the Trilateral Joint Statement on Biological Weapons and as a member of the Trilateral Experts Committee for biological weapons negotiations.
David Ashford is an epidemiologist with the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. In this position, he coordinates branch epidemiological studies on public health preparedness against terrorism. He also acts as an NCEH contact point for biological terrorism preparedness, anthrax vaccine issues, and surveillance. Dr. Ashford received his DVM from Cornell University in 1986, and his Masters in Public Health and Doctorate in Science from Harvard University in 1989 and 1996 respectively. He is author of 60 articles related to zoonotic diseases and public health and 15 textbook chapters.