The Advent of "The Synthetic Age":
How Synthetic Biology Will Shape the Future of U.S. Competitiveness
Aug 24, 2022
1 - 2 PM Eastern TimeWATCH RECORDING
With the advent of synthetic biology, it’s now possible to engineer and manipulate living systems. We're entering a new era where the relationship between the human world and the artificial world will become increasingly important.
How will this come to define our future world? What countries are leading advancements in this emerging field? How can the U.S. remain competitive? This Fireside Chat will help you understand the many implications of synthetic biology to our life and what it means for policymakers.
Our guest speaker is Andrew Kilianski, senior director for emerging infectious diseases at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and adjunct professor at George Mason University's Schar School of Government. Prior to IAVI, Kilianski was a senior scientist and program manager at the U.S. Department of Defense.
The discussion will be moderated by Beth Sanner, Professor of Practice at the Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) at the University of Maryland and former Deputy Director for National Intelligence.
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Andy Kilianski is senior director for emerging infectious diseases at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and an adjunct professor at George Mason University's Schar School of Government. At IAVI, he leads strategy development, key stakeholder engagement, and current and future execution of IAVI's growing emerging infectious disease vaccine and therapeutic portfolio.
Prior to IAVI, Kilianski was a senior scientist and program manager at the U.S. Department of Defense. He has led numerous scientific, analytic, and programmatic efforts to counter emerging threats internationally and within the U.S. working collaboratively with a variety of government, NGO, and foreign partners. He started his scientific career as a National Academy of Sciences fellow, working as a principal investigator on research programs aimed at characterizing emerging infectious disease threats with next-generation sequencing and multi-omics approaches.
Kilianski teaches courses on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosurveillance Policy and Implementation in the Biodefense Graduate Program.
He received his PhD in microbiology and immunology from Loyola University Chicago where he discovered virus-host interactions necessary for coronavirus pathogenesis. These virus-host interactions were also leveraged for rational coronavirus vaccine design and antiviral drug development.
For 35 years, Beth Sanner served in a wide range of leadership, staff, policy, and analytic positions in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council, and the U.S. Department of State. She ended her government career in 2021, having served as the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Mission Integration for two years, during which she oversaw collection, analysis, and program oversight throughout the Intelligence Community. In this role, she also was the President’s intelligence briefer. Previously Ms. Sanner was the Director of the President’s Daily Brief, Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a senior leader in CIA’s Directorate of Analysis. She is currently a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a professor-in-practice at University of Maryland’s Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security, and a CNN national security analyst.