Dennis Carroll, PhD
Dr. Dennis Carroll currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Threats Division. In this position Dr. Carroll is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the Agency’s programs addressing new and emerging disease threats. He provided overall strategic leadership for the Agency’s response to the West Africa Ebola epidemic.
Dr. Carroll was initially detailed to USAID from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a senior public health advisor in 1991. In 1995 he was named the Agency’s Senior Infectious Diseases advisor, responsible for overseeing the Agency’s programs in malaria, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, disease surveillance, as well as neglected and emerging infectious diseases. In this capacity Dr. Carroll was directly involved in the development and introduction of a range of new technologies for disease prevention and control, including: community-based delivery of treatment of onchocerciasis, rapid diagnostics for malaria, new treatment therapies for drug resistant malaria, intermittent therapy for pregnant women and “long-lasting” insecticide treated bednets for prevention of malaria. He was responsible for the initial design and development of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). Dr. Carroll officially left CDC and joined USAID in 2005 when he assumed responsibility for leading the USAID response to the spread of avian influenza. He currently oversees the Agency’s implementation of the Emerging Threats program in more than 30 countries across Africa and Asia.
Dr. Carroll has a doctorate in biomedical research with a special focus in tropical infectious diseases from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was a Research Scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where he studied the molecular mechanics of viral infection. Dr. Carroll has received awards from both CDC and USAID, including the 2006 USAID Science and Technology Award for his work on malaria, including the design of PMI, and avian influenza, the 2008 Administrator’s Management Innovation Award for his management of the Agency’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza program, in 2015 USAID’s Distinguished Service Award, and a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from Texas A&M University.
Richard J. Golsan, PhD
Dr. Richard Golsan is University Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor of French at Texas A&M University and a Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. In addition, he currently serves as the Director of the France/Texas A&M University Institute (Centre d’Excellence) and as the Editor of South Central Review. His areas of research focus on modern and contemporary France and Europe as well as modern genocides and historical trials.
Dr. Golsan has authored or edited more than a dozen books and published more than 100 articles and book chapters. His latest books are The Vichy Past in France Today: Corruptions of Memory (Lexington Books, 2016) and The Trial That Never Ends: Hannah Arendt’s ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’ in Retrospect, co-edited with Sarah M. Misemer (University of Toronto Press, 2017). Dr. Golsan has been awarded the Palmes Academiques by the French government. He holds a PhD and an MA in French literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in French and geology from Washington and Lee University.
Glen Laine, PhD
Dr. Glen Laine is Regent’s Professor, Vice President for Research Emeritus, and Director of the Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices at Texas A&M University. He is holder of the Wiseman-Lewie-Worth Endowed Chair in Cardiology. Dr. Laine served in the United States Army from 1967 through 1969. He began his academic career as a microbiologist working with various infectious agents. He expanded his graduate education into biophysics and biomedical engineering, applying first principles to human and animal medicine.
Dr. Laine spent a decade in a clinical department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine in the Texas Medical Center before returning to Texas A&M, where he assumed the role of Department Head of Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology for approximately twenty years. He spent the past four years as the Vice President for Research at Texas A&M, leading unprecedented growth in research expenditures to just under one billion dollars per year. As Vice President, he initiated the design and construction of the Biosafety Level-3 AG biocontainment facility. This facility will accommodate the chronic study of high consequence zoonotic diseases in large animals along with the vectors responsible for transmission of disease to animals and humans. As Director of the DeBakey Institute for the past eighteen years, he has published extensively in the medical and biomedical engineering literature on fluid resuscitation and edema formation in trauma patients. Dr. Laine’s diverse background led him to a significant interest in potential pandemics resulting from either intentional (bioterrorism) or accidental release of microorganisms genetically modified, utilizing techniques common to synthetic biology, including the policies needed to ensure appropriate preparation, response, and recovery in a resilient society.
Dr. Parker is the Associate Dean for Global One Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and in this role, he also serves as Campus Director for Global One Health at Texas A&M University. He holds joint appointments at the Bush School of Government Service as Director of the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program within the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs and AgriLife Research as strategic advisor for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases.
Parker is a member of several advisory boards, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine standing committee on Health Threats and Workforce Resilience, Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and the Biodefense Blue Ribbon Panel.
Prior to his appointment to Texas A&M University, Dr. Parker held technical to executive leadership positions throughout 36 years of public service as a recognized defense and civilian interagency leader in biodefense, high consequence emerging infectious diseases, global health security and all-hazards public health/medical preparedness. This included coordinating federal medical/public health responses to Hurricanes Katrina thru Alex, to the 2009 Pandemic and Haiti earthquake. Dr. Parker’s service includes more than 26 years on active duty leading medical research and development programs and organizations. He is a former Commander and Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Parker held senior executive level positions at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD), including serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense at DOD.
Dr. Parker is a 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service in 2013. Dr. Parker graduated from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Oyewale Tomori, DVM, PhD, FRCPath (UK), FCVSN, FASTMH, FAS (Nigeria), NNOM, NAM
Oyewale Tomori is the immediate past President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, with experience in virology, disease prevention, and control. He was at the University of Ibadan from 1971 to 1994. He later served as the pioneer Vice Chancellor of Redeemer’s University in Nigeria from 2004 to 2011. From 1994 to 2004, he was the virologist for the Africa Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), establishing the African Regional Polio Laboratory Network. In 1981, he was recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for contributions to Lassa fever research. In 2002, he received the Nigerian National Order of Merit, the country’s highest award for academic and intellectual attainment and national development. He has authored/coauthored over 150 scientific publications. Dr. Tomori has served or continues to serve on numerous advisory committees, including (nationally) Chair, Lassa Fever Steering Committee; National Laboratory Technical Working Group; Expert Working Group on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization; and others, and (internationally) WHO SAGE; WHO Africa Regional Polio Certification Committee; WHO Group of Experts on Yellow Fever Disease; Chairman, WHO Yellow Fever Emergency Committee on International Health Regulations; GAVI Board; Vice Chair, U.S. National Academy of Medicine Global Health Risk Framework Commission; and World Bank Interagency Working Group on Financing Preparedness and Response. He is an international member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and is currently Chair of the Board of Biovaccines Nigeria Ltd.
Edward You is a Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate and is currently detailed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of National Security. Mr. You’s responsibilities include coordinating and improving FBI and interagency efforts to identify, assess, and respond to biological threats or incidents. He leads efforts to identify and address potential security challenges in emerging biotechnology, such as synthetic biology and the use of big data in engineering biology. His overall goal is to safeguard the scientific community, the life science research enterprise, and the U.S. bioeconomy. Before being promoted to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Mr. You was a member of the FBI Los Angeles Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force and served on the FBI Hazardous Evidence Response Team.
Mr. You has also been directly involved in policy-making efforts with a focus on biosecurity. He served as a Working Group member of the National Security Council Policy Coordinating Committee on Countering Biological Threats and as the FBI Ex Officio member of the National Institutes of Health National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. He also had the privilege to serve on two National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committees, the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats and the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law’s Forum on Synthetic Biology.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. You worked for six years in graduate research focusing on retrovirology and human gene therapy at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. He subsequently worked for three years at the biotechnology firm AMGEN Inc. in cancer research.