postdoctoral fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked on Mars Life Detection. He is a former president of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and currently is co-chair of ASM’s Committee on Biodefense. He is also chair of the Wellcome Trust Strategy Committee on Infectious Disease and Population Health. Dr. Atlas is a former member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee, NASA’s Planetary Protection Board, the FBI Scientific Working Group on Bioforensics, and the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee. His early research focused on oil spills, and he discovered bioremediation as part of his doctoral studies. Later he turned to the molecular detection of pathogens in the environment, which forms the basis for biosensors to detect biothreat agents. He is author of nearly 300 manuscripts and 20 books. Dr. Atlas is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and has received the ASM Award for Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the ASM Founders Award, the Edmund Youde Lectureship Award in Hong Kong, and an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Guelph.
John D. Clements, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine and director of the Tulane Center for Infectious Diseases. After receiving his doctorate in 1979 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, Dr. Clements completed a National Research Council Associateship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. In 1980, Dr. Clements was appointed as assistant professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY. In 1982, Dr. Clements joined the faculty at Tulane University, being named as chair in 1999. From 2006 to 2009, he was vice dean for research in the School of Medicine. Dr. Clements maintains an active research program focused on development of vaccines against infectious diseases. Dr. Clements’ research has been continuously funded from a variety of Public Health Service, Department of Defense, and pharmaceutical sources.
Joseph A. DiZinno, DDS, joined BAE Systems as a forensics expert after more than two decades of experience at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Most recently, he was assistant director overseeing the FBI laboratory, where he led all laboratory cases and forensic responses. He also served as a special agent and participated in mitochondria DNA research, which led to its first application to forensic casework. Joe began his career with the FBI in 1986. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1975 and a D.D.S. degree from The Ohio State University in 1980.
Adolfo García-Sastre, Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Microbiology, Fischberg Chair and professor in the Department of Medicine, and co-director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute at Mount Sinai School