Committee Member Biographies
Frederick A. Murphy, D.V.M., Ph.D. (IOM) is Professor of Virology and Dean Emeritus of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. His expertise is in virology, veterinary medicine in general, and in the area of new and emerging zoonotic diseases in particular. As an IOM member, he has served on numerous IOM committees, including the Committee on Emerging Microbial Threats to Health in the 21st Century.
Jeffrey A. Roberts, D.V.M. is the Assistant Director of Primate Services at the California National Primate Research Center in Davis. He recently directed a related study for the national primate research centers. He has extensive experience as a primate veterinarian, and has been involved in several workshops and studies in the area of occupational health and safety in the care of nonhuman primates.
Kathryn A. L. Bayne, M.S., Ph.D., D.V.M. is Associate Director of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). Her expertise is in nonhuman primate behavior and in the evaluation of laboratory animal care programs, including institutional occupational health and safety programs related to the use of animals. She has served on two NRC committees, the Committee to Revise the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Committee on The Psychological Well-Being of Nonhuman Primates, and
is currently on the Committee on Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research.
James L. Blanchard, D.V.M., Ph.D. is Associate Director for Veterinary Resources and the Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the Tulane Regional Primate Research Center in Covington, LA. He is a primate veterinarian and has broad experience in parasitology and in occupational health and safety issues in nonhuman primate facilities.
Thomas J. Ferguson, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of Student Health Services at the University of California, Davis. His expertise is in occupational medicine having been responsible for clinical occupational health services at UC Davis including the management of workplace exposures to nonhuman primates. He is board certified in internal medicine, occupational medicine, and medical toxicology and also holds a Ph.D. degree in public health with emphasis in environmental health sciences (UCLA).
LCDR Lisa J. Flynn, M.S. is an Environmental Health Specialist in the Office of the Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration. Her expertise is in occupational health and safety issues. She spent 12 years at NIH first as Occupational Health and Safety Specialist and then as a Program Manager. During her tenure there, she participated in the development of the NIH Manual Issuance on the protection of personnel working with nonhuman primates.
Jack O. Geissert, M.P.H., C.I.H. is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for the Massachusetts operations of Genetics Institute-Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. He is a certified industrial hygienist. He has served at numerous institutions in this capacity, including NIOSH, Colorado State University, and several corporations.
Julia K. Hilliard, Ph.D. is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Professor and Director of the National B Virus Resource Center within the Viral Immunology Center in the Department of Biology at Georgia State University. She is one of the world’s pre-eminent experts on the biology and transmission of B virus. She previously served on the NRC Committee on Occupational Safety and Health in Research Animal Facilities.
Michael P. Kiley, Ph.D. is Research Programs Safety Officer for the Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture. His expertise is in developing and overseeing multiple levels of biocontainment facilities.
Clarence J. Peters, M.D. is Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. He is an expert in the area of public health and infectious disease and spent eight years as Chief of the Special Pathogens Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases at the National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC, prior to moving to UTMB.
Benjamin J. Weigler, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D. is the Director of Animal Health Resources and Attending Veterinarian at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA. His specialties are laboratory animal medicine, epidemiology of B virus transmission and elimination from colonies of nonhuman primates, biostatistics, herpesviruses, and zoonotic diseases. His expertise is in epidemiology and risk assessment and in addressing occupational health concerns in the research animal workplace.
David S. Davenport, M.D., F.A.C.P. is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. His expertise is in the diagnosis and management of B virus infections in humans. He has been involved as a consultant in most human cases of B virus in the United States since 1989.