Professor Raina MacIntyre is Professor of Global Biosecurity at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney. As Head of the Biosecurity Program, she leads research in epidemiology, vaccinology, bioterrorism prevention, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases. Her research falls under 4 areas - personal protective equipment, vaccinology, epidemics of emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism prevention. She is an expert in influenza epidemiology, adult vaccination, bioterrorism and rapid epidemic intelligence and has led the largest body of research internationally on face masks and respirators in health care workers.
She has over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her research is underpinned by extensive field outbreak investigation experience. She is a graduate of the Australian Field Epidemiology Training program and has extensive experience in shoe-leather epidemiology of infectious diseases outbreaks. Her in-depth understanding of the science of outbreak investigation draws from this experience combined with her clinical training as a specialist physician and her academic training through a Masters and PhD in Epidemiology. Her passion for field epidemiology led her to co-found the ARM network for Australian field outbreak response. She also has an interest in the ethics of medicine, and specifically in dual-use research of concern in the fields of synthetic biology and genetic engineering, and the risk this poses to biosecurity.
Dr. George Poste is Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative (CASI) (http://www.casi.asu.edu/), Regents’ Professor and Del E. Webb Chair in Health Innovation at Arizona State University. He assumed this post in February 2009. This program links expertise across the university in research on synthetic biology, ubiquitous sensing and healthcare informatics for personalized medicine.
He founded the Biodesign Institute at ASU (www.biodesign.asu.edu/) and served as Director for 2003 to 2009. In creating this Institute, Dr. Poste designed and built 400,000 sq. ft. of new facilities, achieved cumulative research funding of $300 million and recruited over 60 faculty, including three members of the National Academies of Science and Engineering.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Monsanto (since 2003), Exelixis (since 2004), Caris Life Sciences (since 2005), and the Scientific Advisory Board of Synthetic Genomics (since 2009). From 1992 to 1999 he was Chief Science and Technology Officer and President, R&D of SmithKline Beecham (SB). During his tenure at SB he was associated with the successful registration of 31 drug, vaccine and diagnostic products. In 2004 he was named as ‘R&D Scientist of the Year’ by R&D Magazine, in 2006 he received the Einstein award from the Global Business Leadership Council and in 2009 received the Scrip Lifetime Achievement award voted by the leadership of the global pharmaceutical industry.
He has published over 350 research papers and edited 14 books on pharmaceutical technologies and oncology. He has received honorary degrees in science, law and medicine for his research contributions and was honored in 1999 by HM Queen Elizabeth II as a Commander of the British Empire for his contributions to international healthcare and security.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal College of Pathologists and the UK Academy of Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and a member of the Council for Foreign Relations. He served as a member of the Defense Science Board from 2003 to 2009 and Health Board of the US Department of Defense (DoD) and is currently a member of the US Institute of Medicine Board on Global Health. He has served as a member of Advisory Committees for multiple U.S. Government Agencies in areas of defense, national security and healthcare.
William Rawlinson is a clinician scientist recognised internationally for translational research into viruses, including emerging and agents of potential biothreat. He established, and oversees, national quality programs for biosecurity, including provision of quality assurance to laboratories internationally through the WHO programs. He is conjoint professor at UNSW with over 450 publications in basic research, diagnostic and clinical virology of a range of virus illnesses.
Dr. Brian J. Gerber is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University. He is Senior Academic Director of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security and is Co-Director of the ASU Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales (Australia), a Senior Sustainability Scholar with the Wrigley School of Sustainability, Arizona State University and a PLuS Alliance Fellow.
Dr. Gerber’s research interests include disaster policy and management, homeland security policy, and environmental regulation. He has published numerous research articles in those area. Previously, he has served as Executive Director of the Buechner Institute for Governance at the University of Colorado Denver, as Research Director for the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University, has been a Research Associate with West Virginia University’s Regional Research Institute and has served as a subject matter expert on a variety of projects. He sits on the executive committee of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, was a five-year member of the Denver Board of Environmental Health, is an editorial board member of the Policy Studies Journal, Public Integrity, Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy and of the Oxford University Press’ research encyclopedia Natural Hazard Science. Likewise, he is Editor-in-Chief of Natural Hazards Governance, Oxford University Press.
Dr. Gerber has lead catastrophic incident planning projects, lead or participated in various emergency exercises, and conducted critical program evaluations and policy analyses on topics ranging from large-scale disaster evacuations to pandemic preparedness through funding agencies at federal, state and local government levels. He has a variety of direct service experiences in disaster relief and recovery work. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Colorado Department of Public Safety, among others.
Dr Mike Nunn is a veterinarian with postgraduate qualifications in tropical veterinary science, pathology, epidemiology and management. He worked in mixed practice, field, laboratory and training roles in Australia and overseas, including 13 years in Papua New Guinea. Mike has extensive experience in providing high level scientific advice into the formulation and implementation of policy on animal health, quarantine and biosecurity, including leading major formal import risk analyses. He has undertaken a range of consultancies for international organisations, including the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO). He has particular interests in epidemiology, risk analysis, emergency animal disease preparedness and response, emerging diseases, agricultural and rural development, and strategic foresight.
Quanyi Wang is director of Institute for Infectious Disease and Endemic Disease Control, Beijing Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control. He is in charge of the prevention and control of major infectious diseases including plague, cholera, avian influenza, influenza, and emerging infectious diseases in Beijing area. He directed the public health response to outbreaks of Pandemic (H1N1)2009 and human infection with avian influenza in Beijing. He and his team detected the first imported yellow fever case and rift valley fever case in China. He undertook a number of projects supported by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, National Health Commission, World Health Organization and World Bank. His research interests include early warning and detection of emerging infectious diseases, public health response and preparedness, and epidemiology and control of infectious diseases.
Dr Zoie Shui-Yee Wong is an Associate Professor at St. Luke’s International University (Tokyo, Japan) and a Visiting Fellow at School of Public Health and Community Medicine at University of New South Wales. She received her Ph.D. degree from the engineering school and has since acquired extensive research experience across the breadth of public health informatics disciplines. She engages in cross-disciplinary collaborative research interfacing between statistics and public health, and has extensive experience in assembling and managing successful global research teams. Her current research focuses on health informatics, infectious disease modelling, patient safety informatics, and healthcare system simulation. She has wide-ranging experience in developing statistical models for analysing structured and unstructured healthcare data, simulation models for healthcare surge capacity management and epidemic models for emerging infectious diseases response. Prior to joining St. Luke’s International University, Dr Wong was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow based at the University of Tokyo (Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI)) from 2011 to 2013. She was also a Senior Manager (Research and Operation) at Centre for System Informatics Engineering (CSIE) at City University of Hong Kong and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at University of New South Wales, Australia.
Dr Jai Prakash Narain is presently Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He also chairs the National Working Group on Noncommunicable Diseases Surveillance under the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Institute of AIDS Research, Pune, and is associated also with the Indian Institute of Health Management Research and Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, New Delhi as a member of Technical Advisory Committee.
He was formerly the Regional Adviser (HIV and tuberculosis programs) and Director of the Communicable Diseases Department and of Sustainable Development at WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi (1992-2012).
Dr Narain obtained his MBBS and MD degrees from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; and MPH (1980) and Combined Masters in Epidemiology and Tropical Public Health (1981) from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston. He was an EIS officer with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1981-83.
A/Prof Kathleen Steinhofel is a Reader in Computer Science in the Algorithms and Bioinformatics Research Group within the Department of Informatics at Kings College London. Her Research Interests include Local search algorithms for combinatorial optimisation, Energy landscape analysis, Applied algorithmics, Structure prediction in molecular biology and Evolutionary computation.
Dr Moore is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law and a barrister and solicitor of the New Zealand High Court, with qualifications in public health/epidemiology (PhD, University of Melbourne's Faculty of Medicine) and health social sciences. She combines these fields to specialise in health law and torts. Moore also works with UNSW Medicine in teaching, supervisory and research roles. In 2017, Moore was the runner-up (2nd position) in the KPMG Inspiring Teacher Award in a First Year Undergraduate Program at UNSW. She also received the Law Dean's Award for Educational Excellence in 2017. Prior to joining UNSW in 2017, Moore was the 2015-2016 New Zealand Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at Stanford University, USA where she undertook empirical health law research. She was a Senior Lecturer in Preventive Medicine and Acting Director of the Legal Issues Centre, Faculties of Medicine and Law, University of Otago, New Zealand. She was a lecturer in the Health Sciences Department, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University, Australia (2003-2006). She has also studied and worked as an academic at Hebrew University, Israel. Her non-academic roles have included serving as a Legal and Policy Advisor to the New Zealand Law Commissioners (2011-2012) and a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Health Law Committee. Moore graduated as the top ranked student in law (LLB) in 2010 & across all faculties in 1999. She won 17 academic scholarships and prizes from 1999-2010 including the Brookers Prize in Jurisprudence, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leader's Scholarship and a Melbourne Research Scholarship for her PhD from the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Medicine. Dr Moore's multi-disciplinary background lends itself to mixed methodology research. Moore's research is primarily empirical or socio-legal, combining legal analysis with methods from social and medical sciences. She has published in law, social sciences, public health, health sciences, education and ethics. She has undertaken research with organisations such as Stanford Medical Centre, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Baystate Medical Centre, the Family Planning Associations in NZ and Australia, the Hadassah Medical Centre in Israel, the Victorian, SA and NSW Australian State Governments, the NZ Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the Coronial Services of New Zealand. Moore's latest paper, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine can be found here: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2... An 11 minute podcast is here: https://jamanetwork.com/learning/audio-player/14805888
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Dr Moore teaches torts, introducing law and justice, empirical legal research methods, and health law. She welcomes students' proposals for research supervision in all areas of her expertise.
Obi Aginam was educated in Nigeria and Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (magna cum laude) from the University of Nigeria; Master of Laws from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Before joining the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), he held a tenured academic position as Associate Professor of Law at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where he taught and researched emerging global issues that cut across globalization, global governance of health and environmental issues, South-North relations, international organizations, and Third World Approaches to International Law.
Regulatory and governance approaches to emerging and re-emerging global environmental and health issues are the major focus of Dr. Aginam’s research. He has held numerous research fellowships and won major competitive research grants on global environmental and health governance topics focusing on the impact of these global issues on “Third World” peoples and societies. He researches natural resource management and conflicts in developing countries focusing on the role of Transnational Corporations in the pursuit of sustainable development, governance and transparency in the extractive industry sectors of resource-rich African and Latin American countries.
He has been a consultant for many international organizations including the World Health Organization on aspects of trade and global health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on the regulatory framework for food safety, food security, biotechnology and biodiversity in developing countries. In the latter capacity, he worked as a member of the FAO Expert Legal and Policy Group on the review of intellectual property rights, food safety laws, and sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures in Bangladesh and other developing and least-developed country Member-States of the FAO.
I am an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW, and retains significant military responsibilities as Senior Medical Adviser for CBRNE to Special Operations Headquarters Australia and to Australian Defence Force (ADF) joint senior leadership. I am a practicing vocationally registered General Practitioner, a senior trainee in Occupational and Environmental Medicine with RACP, and a fellowship candidate for the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.
My doctoral research focussed on the central autonomic anatomy and integrative neurophysiology relating to the cardiovascular response to noxious inescapable physiological stimuli such as severe haemorrhage and visceral pain. Utilising my research background and subsequent clinical training, through the ADF I have been fortunate to have extensively deployed into a variety of complex and austere combat environments, and have gone on to undertake advanced training in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Medicine and Senior Medical Officer training. Consequently I was appointed as Senior Medical Officer for Special Operations Command for 2014, and was the Officer Commanding and Senior Medical Officer to the ADF CBRNE medical incident response element at Special Operations Engineer Regiment from 2012-2015.
I have extensive experience in the conception, design, planning, delivery and operations of health support systems and capability in remote and austere contexts; incorporating the management of exotic or novel hazards and risks. Extensive actual experience in planning for and management of major disasters, mass casualty and multiple casualty situations. I also have extensive overseas and domestic operational experience in command, personnel management, force protection, health protection systems, resilient systems design and test and evaluation. Direct responsibility and experience with leading deployable expeditionary medical support.
I am regularly consulted and participate in the development and review of national and international clinical and operational CBRNE policy and doctrine. I am additionally a peer reviewer for the journals Military Medicine (AMSUS) and Journal and Military and Veterans Health (AMMA). I also continue to conduct CBRNE medical, and general medical education and ADF GP Registar training within my military capacity, along with civilian instruction of the Major Incident Medical Management System (MIMMS) framework with MIMMS Australia.
My interests lie in health and medical systems innovation and research. I retain linkages with key national civilian and military education, research and development organisations and retain an active involvement in a wide variety of projects and initiatives supporting national public health preparedness goals. My current research effort and interests touch on complexity science, agent based and deterministic modelling, emergent complex adaptive systems phenomena, test and evaluation of systems, policy research, epidemic modelling, exotic and emerging infections, disaster preparedness and response, organisational resilience in health care, development of robust socio-technical systems in health care, and the modelling, simulation and investigation of public health interventions and systems.
Dr. Matthew Scotch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Assistant Director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the theory and application of phylogeography to study the migration of zoonotic RNA viruses with a particular interest in influenza A viruses. Work in his lab includes the integration, analysis, and presentation of viral genetics for public health/animal health surveillance. Current projects include studying approaches to advance: Phylogeography models in order to identify climate, population, and genetic factors that support viral spread. Funding: NIH/NLM R01LM012080 Geospatial metadata in virus sequence databases and approaches to include observation error for virus phylogeography. Funding: NIH/NIAID R01AI117011 Dr. Scotch’s lab is also interested in the molecular epidemiology of zoonotic viruses including the amplification and sequencing of influenza A genes for studying spread among avian and human hosts. Dr. Scotch received a Masters in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University, a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Yale University. He also did his postdoctoral training at Yale University.
Peta Mantel is a clinical epidemiologist with the Department of Defence. She has a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology with Merit and a Masters in Applied Science (Environmental Health). Over her 18 years in the Australian Army she has gained a wealth of experience in domestic and international health threats. She has previously worked as a senior environmental health officer for the United Nations in Timor Leste and the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. During her time in Timor Leste she was worked as part of the WHO outbreak investigation team for various infectious disease outbreaks among deployed troops and the local population. She has also undertaken the role of Deputy Chief Inspector of the biological weapons inspection team in Iraq in 1998 as part of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq. Her interest lies in pandemic warning and the early detection of the emergence of pathogens with pandemic potential.
Dr Abrar is a Lecturer in International Health in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales. He has a medical degree and a PhD in the prevention and control of infectious diseases. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the health sector with governmental, non-governmental and international health organisations. Dr Abrar has substantial experience of public health programs, having worked in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Tuberculosis Control Programs for many years. He had been involved in humanitarian work in the past during health emergencies and natural disasters. His research interests include infectious diseases epidemiology and control, vaccine preventable diseases and surveillance. His most important research contributions have been to examine the role of personal protective equipment and other infection control practices in resource limited settings. He has over 65 publications in peer-reviewed journals during last 5 years.
Tara Sklar is a Professor of Health Law and Director of the Graduate Health Sciences Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She also holds an appointment as a Health Law Fellow in the Law and Public Health Group at the University of Melbourne, School of Population and Global Health. Prior to this she was the inaugural Director of Aging Programs and established the first multidisciplinary online Master of Aging degree, which spans eight colleges from public health to economics, urban design, and engineering across the University of Melbourne. In collaboration with Coursera, she created and led a Massive Open Online Course that has registered over 15,000 students called Rethinking Aging: Are we prepared to live longer?.
She also served as the Director of Access and Community Health for Ascension Health's Carondelet Health Network where she founded the Access to Health Care Council, which united hospitals, social service agencies, local government and faith-based organizations to improve the health status of local communities, with a particular focus on healthy aging. She is an advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers and Australian Unity to develop a new national strategy for Australia's growing aging population and to the aging advisory group at Georgetown Law School, O'Neill Institute for National Global Health.
Sklar has received over four million dollars in grants and philanthropic support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and private donors. She has worked for government entities, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Texas Department of Insurance, and the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Health and Environmental Policy on a range of policy issues that involve improving access to quality health care and services.
She has particular interests in laws and regulation that impact population well-being, with a focus on older adults. She graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University and has a dual degree Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health from the University of Houston and the University of Texas.
Academic Qualifications and Awards Sam graduated from the University of Sydney with a BSc (Vet) in animal nutrition in 1999 and with a BVSc in 2001. He spent three years in mixed and small animal practice in Australia and the United Kingdom. He became a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2007, by examination in epidemiology. He recently completed a PhD in veterinary epidemiology, focusing on modelling the potential transmission and control of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Australia. In 2012, Sam was awarded the Animal Health Australia Ralph Hood Award, in recognition of his ‘leadership potential and a strong commitment to improve animal health in Australia.’
Professional Experience Sam has a background in simulation modelling, animal health surveillance, emergency animal disease preparedness, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, and trade negotiations. Since he started in DAFF in 2006, some career highlights have included:
Developing policy on the use of vaccination to control HPAI outbreaks in Australia as a member of the National Avian Influenza Vaccination Expert Advisory Group; Developing guidance on the use of FMD vaccination in Australia as a member of the FMD Vaccination Expert Advisory Group (VEAG); Developing advice on the content of Australia’s FMD vaccine bank for 2015–19, as a member of VEAG; Managing the process of obtaining the necessary permits for the importation and use of a genetically modified vaccine for equine influenza; and Representing Biosecurity Australia on the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program Technical Committee in 2010 Teaching Expertise In 2013, Sam co-facilitated the VETS7015 Surveillance, Preparedness and Response unit of study alongside Mike Nunn.
Yi Zhang received Master of Medicine degree from the Peking University. Since 2008, she has been working as medical epidemiologist for Institute for Infectious Disease and Endemic Disease Control, Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Beijing, China. Her career at CDC has included working on influenza epidemiology, coordination of surveillance programs, outbreak investigations of respiratory infectious diseases, and pandemic influenza preparedness and response. Her research interests include use of surveillance databases for public health policy evaluation, and prevention of diseases through vaccination.
Alan has over 40 year experience in health as a clinician, and more than 25 year in health management. His health career started in pre-hospital care as a paramedic, and then Intensive Care Paramedic, and includes roles in infection prevention and control and immunisations for the SA Ambulance Service . He has held management poisons in Clinical Management, Clinical Education, Industrial Relations, Infection Control, Clinical Safety and Quality, Occupational Health and Safety, and as an Operations Manager in various operational clinical areas.
Alan has been involved in infection prevention and control, pandemic planning and first responder preparation at organisational, state and national levels
Alan’s other previous professional positions include Executive Director, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control; President, SA Accident and Emergency Association; and he is currently the SA & NT Coordinator of the Fellowship Program for the Australasian College of Health Service Management. Alan currently holds a Senior Lecturers position in Department of Health Care Management, College of Medicine & Public Health and is responsible for the Management Project Topic in Adelaide, China and Singapore.
Noore Alam is an Advanced Epidemiologist at Queensland Health, Brisbane, Australia. He has more than a decade of professional experience with Australian Governments (Queensland and New South Wales) in epidemiological research and practice. He currently manages the evaluation of Queensland Government’s Health and Wellbeing Program. Prior to joining in Australian public health system, Noore worked internationally with a number of UN agencies and NGOs for over a decade in diverse roles in South East Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines), Central Asia (Tajikistan) and Balkan region (Albania, Kosovo and Serbia) in emergencies and/or post-war conflicts. Noore’s current PhD research with Griffith University focuses on global health security risks from emerging infectious diseases and the application of One Health approach in resource-poor setting. He holds the degrees of Master of Applied Epidemiology from the Australian National University, Master of Public Health from University of Sydney, and Master of Social Sciences (Sociology) with Honours from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. Noore Alam has been a collaborator for the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study and a co-author of a number of GBD articles published in high-impact journals such as the Lancet, Lancet Oncology, JAMA Oncology and the American Journal of Public Health.
Dr Meru Sheel is a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, Westmead Clinical School and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. Meru is a trained field epidemiologist with expertise in infectious diseases and immunization. Meru is a passionate about global health and improving health outcome for marginalised populations. Meru completed her PhD in vaccine development for bacterial diseases and post-doctoral training in tropical infectious diseases. Meru has advanced training in epidemiology, microbiology and immunology and has extensive field experience having worked in Fiji, American Samoa, Dominica in the Caribbean, Cox's Bazar and with Australian Aboriginal populations.
As a Principal Veterinary Officer within Epidemiology and One Health section of the Animal Health Policy Branch (Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources), Leigh conducts activities to enhance the national approach on antimicrobial resistance, veterinary public health, and other one health issues. Leigh also contributes to national policy development, administration of programs and projects relating to a range of national and international animal health and human health issues. Negotiations and discussions within the department, other Commonwealth agencies, States and Territories, livestock industry bodies, and at national and international fora feature strongly throughout her work.
In previous government and not-for-profit roles, Leigh managed several, national animal health surveillance programs for Animal Health Australia and the Australian Government (such as the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program), as well as, contributed to national preparedness for pest, disease and contaminant emergencies as an Australian Government representative. Leigh has experience in negotiations for Biosecurity Australia on health conditions for ruminant livestock exports to North Asia and East Africa, and live honey bees and honey exports. Leigh also undertook technical evaluations of veterinary immunobiological and antibiotic products at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.
As a volunteer with the then Overseas Service Bureau (1996-1998), Leigh conducted research and supervised Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research immunobiological projects on ducks, pigs and poultry in Viet Nam, which led to stronger partnerships between Australian and Vietnamese institutions. She has also taught University of Queensland veterinary undergraduates on pig husbandry and medicine, and small animal handling, as well as, worked as a veterinary consultant in the pig industry and as a private veterinarian in small animal practice.
Leigh holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (First Class Honours), a Doctor of Philosophy (Veterinary Science and Animal Production), a Graduate Diploma in Management, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr. Eller is an Associate Professor and the Department Chair of the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and holds an MPA from West Virginia University, PhD from Texas A&M University. Before a stint in the School of Public Health at WVU, Dr. Eller was faculty at the Bush School of Public Service at Texas A&M, served as the Associate Director of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at LSU, and as the Department Chair and MPA Director at the University of North Carolina Pembroke.
Throughout his career, Dr. Eller has served as Editor of the Policy Studies Journal and Risk, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy. His work has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Education (DoEd), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the MacArthur Foundation, and various non-profit and public agencies. Currently, his research focuses on emergency management and recovery with special interest in vulnerable populations.