Jeanne Fair is a scientist in Biosecurity & Public Health Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory with a focus in epidemiology and animal disease ecology. In 2009, Fair was a lead analyst for the Department of Homeland Security’s modeling of the H1N1 influenza pandemic our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure. From 2013-2016 she was on assignment as a Science Program Manager with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Biological Threat Reduction Program working with Central Asia and the Middle East. Dr. Fair’s research interest is to support biosurveillance and zoonotic infectious disease detection capabilities in wildlife, animals, and humans. Dr. Fair is also dedicated to cooperative biological engagement for strengthening capabilities for biosurveillance around the world. This includes building research collaborative networks and learning and sharing how to foster strong scientific collaborations and research partnerships. Dr. Fair received her Ph.D., from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in Biology and her M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University
Le Thi Thu Hien
Working at the Institute of Biotechnology (IBT), Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) from 1995 to 2012, Hien has actively participated in and completed a number of professional training programs both in Vietnam and abroad, including Master of Science (Vietnam National University, University of Science, 1997-1998), PhD (IBT, VAST 1999-2003), internship (Cornell University, USA, 11/2000-10/2001; Mars Center for Cocoa Science, Brazil, 7-8/2011), postdoctoral (University of California, Davis, USA, 6/2008-7/2009). In 2011, she was promoted to senior researcher. Since 2012, Hien has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Institute of Genome Research. She has served as Associate Editor of the Vietnam Journal of Biotechnology since 2016. In 2019, Hien has been selected to be a member of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Hien’s research interest is the application of DNA technologies to study biodiversity and develop genetically modified organisms. She is also involved deeply in the development of Vietnamese national biosafety regulation and framework.
Pamela J. Hinds
Pamela J. Hinds is Fortinet Founders Chair and Professor of Management Science & Engineering, Co-Director of the Center on Work, Technology, and Organization and on the Director's Council for the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.. She studies the effect of technology on teams, collaboration, and innovation. Pamela has conducted extensive research on the dynamics of cross-boundary work teams, particularly those spanning national borders. She explores issues of culture, language, identity, conflict, and the role of site visits in promoting knowledge sharing and collaboration. She has published extensively on the relationship between national culture and work practices, particularly exploring how work practices or technologies created in one location are understood and employed at distant sites. Pamela also has a body of research on human-robot interaction in the work environment and the dynamics of human-robot teams. Most recently, Pamela has been looking at the changing nature of work in the face of emerging technologies, including the nature of coordination in open innovation, changes in work and organizing resulting from 3D-printing, and the work of data analysts. Her research has appeared in journals such as Organization Science, Research in Organizational Behavior, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Discoveries, Human-Computer Interaction, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Pamela is a Senior Editor of Organization Science. She is also co-editor with Sara Kiesler of the book Distributed Work (MIT Press). Pamela holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Science and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Shirley S. Ho is Professor of Communication in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She is concurrently Research Director for Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences in the President’s Office at NTU. She is an internationally renowned scholar in science communication, in which her research focuses on understanding how human values, media, and other advanced modes of communication shape public attitudes toward emerging science and technologies, particularly in Southeast Asia. Her recent studies investigated factors motivating scientists’ public engagement and their roles in tackling misinformation about science. Prof Ho obtained her Bachelor of Communication Studies (1st Class Honors) at Nanyang Technological University in 2002, and her MA and PhD degrees in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and 2008, respectively. A multiple award-winning researcher, Prof Ho has received numerous prestigious Best Published Article of the Year Awards and Top Faculty Paper Awards from professional associations such as the International Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). She is the 2018 recipient of the Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award, conferred by AEJMC for outstanding achievements in research, teaching, and public service. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental Communication, a member of the AEJMC Elected Standing Committee on Research, and a board of director at the International Environmental Communication Association.
Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia
Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). He is interested in all problems arising from the interplay between people and computing systems, in particular the integrity of information in cyberspace and the trustworthiness and reliability of social computing systems. At USF, he leads the Computational Sociodynamics Laboratory. Prior to joining USF he was at Indiana University as an assistant research scientist at the Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI), and before that as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, an analyst for the Wikimedia Foundation, and a research associate at the Professorship of Computational Social Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. His work has been covered in major news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Wired, MIT Technology Review, NPR, and CBS News, to cite a few.
Rebecca Moritz, MS, CBSP, SM(NRCM) Biosafety Director: Rebecca Moritz is a biosafety and biosecurity expert with a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology and a Master of Science in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves as the Biosafety Director at Colorado State University and is also the Responsible Official for the university’s Select Agent Program. Previously she was the Responsible Official and media spokesperson for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Select Agent Program. She was part of the team that responded to all media and community inquires and coordinated outreach efforts. In addition, she was chair of UW-Madison’s Dual Use Research of Concern Subcommittee, served as the Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research, and was a lead member of the UW-Madison Biosecurity Task Force. She is a Certified Biosafety Professional with the American Biological Safety Association International (ABSA) and a former ABSA Councilor. Currently, Moritz is a member of multiple committees and co-chair of the Executive Steering Committee for ABSA International’s 2021 Biosecurity Symposium. Additionally, she is a Specialist Microbiologist with the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. Moritz has conducted research in both private sector and academic laboratories, including in high containment laboratories.
Dr. Piyawattanametha received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA in 2004. From 2005 to 2009, he was with the Bio-X Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA as a senior scientist and later become a research associate in 2010. Currently, he is a professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a Director of Advanced Imaging Research (AIR) Center, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. He has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, has contributed 7 book chapters and 5 patents. His h-index is 27. He gave over 70 keynote or invited talks at prestigious meetings around the world. He is currently serving a conference chair for the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) in MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems XVIII of The Photonics West Conference, California, USA. In 2010, he co-founded and served as an executive member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) based in Berlin, Germany. In 2011, he received the European Union Erasmus Mundus scholarship. In 2013, he was selected by the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland to be one of the 40 top scientists. In 2014, he was selected to receive the prestigious Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Berlin, Germany. In 2015, he was awarded the Newton Fund Researcher Links from the British Council, the United Kingdom. In 2017, he was selected to be a fellow in Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) from The Royal Academy of Engineering, London, United Kingdom. He has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor, Institute for Quantitative Health Sciences & Engineering (IQ), Michigan State University, Michigan, USA since 2018. In 2021, he has been elected to be the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Fellow Status.
Dr Gavin Smith is the Programme Director (Interim) and Professor in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore. Prof Smith’s research integrates ideas from a number of scientific fields, including evolutionary genetics, virology, ecology, and infectious disease epidemiology. He conducts human and animal disease surveillance, virus isolation and characterisation (genetic and phenotypic), then conducts large-scale analyses to generate hypotheses that are tested in the laboratory using tissue culture and animal models. Prof Smith is primarily interested in the roles played by mutation, natural selection, recombination/reassortment and host immune response on virus diversity within an individual, during transmission within a population and during inter-species transmission between hosts. While Prof Smith works mostly on influenza, he also studies a wide range of respiratory and enteric viruses. His research programme is directed at efforts to better understand viral disease ecosystems in Asia, specifically the animal-human interface, to inform and enhance disease control. In the context of COVID-19, Prof Smith has been engaged in research on genetic changes in the SARS-COV-2 virus and their potential implications for the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Herawati is the Deputy for Fundamental Research of Eijkman Institute. She is also the head of Forensic DNA Laboratory and Principal Investigator at Genome Diversity and Diseases Laboratory. She specializes on mitochondria DNA as a powerful genetic markers for population studies. She has specific interests on fundamental information concerning the formation of functional mitochondrial in order to understand mitochondrial diseases and its diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Herawati also has big passion on studying the genetic diversity of Indonesian populations, particularly on its association with disease resistance and susceptibility as well as tracing human migration. Her research team is dubbed "Gene Hunter" and has been collecting samples from many places throughout the archipelago, including very remote areas. Using DNA markers, Herawati also played significant role in perpetrator identification of the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing case which subsequently led her to establish the Forensic DNA Laboratory in Eijkman Institute. She also initiates research on Indonesian wildlife forensics and population studies. Herawati is an active member of various local and international organization, consortium, and scientific panel on forensics DNA, biorisk and biosafety, human genetics, and molecular biology network. Herawati is an Honorary Associate Professor from Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Australia.
Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor, and author. Yasmin trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and in journalism at the University of Toronto. She worked as a hospital doctor in the U.K.’s National Health Service before serving as an officer in the U.S. government’s Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she investigated disease outbreaks around the world and served as principal investigator for a number of epidemiologic studies. Yasmin is director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine (division of primary care and population health) at Stanford University, and visiting assistant professor of health crisis management and communication at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She teaches advanced clinical communication skills to faculty and medical students, health and science journalism, and global health storytelling. Her research focuses on the spread of misinformation and disinformation about disease and the ways that false information can fuel epidemics and impact public health. Working at the intersection of epidemiology and communications, she is mapping health information equity across the U.S. to understand how access to information—now understand to be a determinant of health—influences health outcomes. Yasmin was selected for the John S. Knight Fellowship in Journalism Innovation at Stanford University in 2017 where she studied the spread of false news during epidemics. Previously, she was a science reporter at The Dallas Morning News, and professor of public health at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her writing on the spread of disease disinformation appears in The New York Times, WIRED, Scientific American, and other outlets.
Yasmin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news in 2017 for her team’s coverage of a mass shooting. Her unique combined expertise in epidemics, science communication, and journalism has been called upon by the Aspen Institute and the Skoll World Forum. She offered expert testimony to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues during its investigation of the role of journalism during the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic. Yasmin is the recipient of two writing awards from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, as well as writing scholarships and artist residencies from the Mid Atlantic Arts Council, The Millay Colony for the Arts, and others. Her first book, The Impatient Dr. Lange, is the biography of a pioneering AIDS scientist who was killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 when it was shot down over the Ukraine in 2014. She is the author of three other books including a popular science title about the spread of health misinformation and disinformation.