Mr. Brooks leads the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) which counters the threat posed by dangerous pathogens and related materials and expertise, as well as other emerging infectious diseases that pose a pandemic risk. CBEP’s mission is achieved through the integration of three key program pillars: 1) Biological Safety and Security capacity building 2) Disease Surveillance, Detection, Diagnosis, and Reporting capacity building 3) Cooperative Research and Engagement
Previously, Mr. Brooks was the Chief for the Chemical/Biological Research & Development Branch within the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. The Branch conducted research, development, testing, and evaluation in Chemical/Biological Detection as well as Chemical/Biological Attack Resiliency program areas. Projects included chemical detection for facility monitoring, biological trigger/confirmer detectors for rapid response, biological assay development for detection and laboratory analysis, chemical detection and decontamination in subways, and wide area biological recovery and restoration.
Prior to joining, DHS, he was a project manager in the Chemical and Biological National Security Program in the Department of Energy where he managed the Detection research area and Demonstration Application Programs conducted within the National Laboratories.
Mr. Brooks also has 13 years of experience as an analytical chemist with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While at EPA, he managed the preparative and analytical chemistry support laboratory for the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory’s Environmental Carcinogenesis Division. His work experience includes field-sampling, preparation of complex mixtures for bioassay and qualitative/quantitative analysis of environmental mutagens. He also has experience establishing certified drinking water and radiochemistry laboratories.
Mr. Brooks holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University.