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Meet the Class of 2016 Fellows

Cory Davenport Ph.D.

Cory  Davenport   Ph.D.

Dr. Cory Davenport is a Senior Researcher and Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence at the University of Maryland, as well as an Instructor at the Catholic University of America. He was formerly a Fellow with the Center for Biodefense, Law, and Public Policy and is currently Associate Editor for the Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety, and Biodefense Law. Dr. Davenport has a BS in psychology from Michigan State University and a PhD in experimental psychology from Texas Tech University. His research primarily involves an application of the behavioral sciences to problems in national / global security, including biosecurity and global health security. Examples of this research include the creation of a profile of disgruntled CBRN scientists, an investigation into how best to prevent the radicalization of bioscientists, and an analysis of the behavioral antecedents of CBRN insider threats. 

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Reid Orth

Reid  Orth

Lt Col Reid Orth is the Special Assistant for Biodefense in the Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (Policy), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Department of Defense (DoD).  His biodefense work involves discussions and coordination of policy positions within the DoD and interagency on a diverse portfolio of issues including the Biological Weapons Convention, the Federal Expert Security Advisory Panel Report implementation, global health engagement, and the Global Health Security Agenda.   Lt Col Orth earned his electrical and biomedical engineering degrees (BS, BS) from the Johns Hopkins University, engineering management degree (MS) from West Coast University, biomedical engineering degrees (MS, PhD) from Cornell University, medical degree (MD) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and public health degree (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His prior Air Force career has involved serving as Spacecraft Systems Engineer for Delta and Atlas rockets at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, biomedical engineering graduate student and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY,  Branch Chief in the Biotechnology Directorate at Patrick Air Force Base, FL, medical student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in San Antonio, TX, emergency medicine resident at the New York Presbyterian Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell in New York City, NY, and emergency medicine attending physician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Special Operations Surgical Team member in Birmingham, AL.

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Behind the Scenes in Biosecurity

Phyllis Arthur Interview

Phyllis Arthur, Senior Director, Vaccines, Immunotherapeutics and Diagnostics Policy, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), discusses the role of public-private partnerships in drug and vaccine development and production and broadly outlines the roles that Congress, the Administration, and the private sector play regarding US biodefense policy.