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Nancy D. Connell is Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a microbial geneticist, trained at Harvard University (PhD) and Einstein College of Medicine (post-doc). Dr. Connell’s work at the Center, where she joined in 2018, is focused on advances in life sciences and technology and their application to a number of developments in the areas of biosecurity, biosafety, biodefense and the Biological Weapons Convention, microbial forensics, attribution and other scientific aspects of biological weapons use. Dr. Connell is a member of the Board on Life Sciences and the Committee for International Security and Arms Control and a National Associate of the US-NASEM, as well as a member of the US-CDC’s Biological Agent Containment Working Group in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, and a recent appointee to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (US). Before joining the Center, Dr. Connell was Professor and Director of Research in the Division of Infectious Disease in the Department of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences, as well as Vice-chair for Research in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Connell’s major research focus was antibacterial drug discovery in respiratory pathogens such as M. tuberculosis and B. anthracis. Dr. Connell chaired the Institutional Biosafety Committee of Rutgers University and directed NJMS’s biosafety level three containment laboratory beginning in 1997. Her most recent work focused on the use of predatory bacteria as novel therapeutics for treatment of Gram negative bacterial infections, including MDR strains and select agents. Dr. Connell has significant interest and experience in the field of contemporary trends in pedagogy, including active learning methodology. She was a recently appointed an Associate of the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching at Yale University. Dr. Connell has been continuously funded by the NIH, the Department of Defense and DARPA, industry, and/or other sources from 1992 to the present.