The University of Iowa

From Bench Scientist to U.S. Policymaker*: the Vital Role of Science and Technology in Transforming U.S. and Global Health Security Capabilities (*You Can Do It Too)

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Advanced registration for this event is required. Register to attend at https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kzO_YLUWTI6ENMTfwUdqXQ

Andrew M. Hebbeler is a former life scientist with foreign affairs, national security, global health, and science and technology (S&T) policy experience. Currently, he is Assistant Director for Health and Life Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Most recently, he was Senior Director and Lead Scientist for Global Biological Policy and Programs at the non-profit Nuclear Threat Initiative. Previously, he served in leadership positions at the State Department's offices of Science and Technology Cooperation (OES/STC), the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (E/STAS), and Cooperative Threat Reduction (ISN/CTR). From 2013-2015, he was Assistant Director for Biological and Chemical Threats at the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he oversaw American S&T efforts to combat infectious disease and chemical weapon threats. Prior to his White House position, Dr. Hebbeler led the State Department's Biosecurity Engagement Program, a $40M program that prevents terrorist access to potentially dangerous biological materials and dual-use infrastructure and expertise, while supporting efforts to combat infectious disease and enhance public and animal health worldwide.

Dr. Hebbeler was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his Bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. He completed his doctoral work in the laboratory of C. David Pauza at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where he focused on understanding an unconventional lymphocyte population that is important during immune responses to infectious disease and cancer. Before joining the State Department, Dr. Hebbeler was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Warner C. Greene at The J. David Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, California.

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