Science Policy Faculty

The emergence and reemergence of human microbial diseases such as West Nile virus, anthrax, tuberculosis and smallpox point to challenges to health care in the global arena. Science policy and advocacy and regulatory science contribute importantly to new initiatives that are needed to control these and other diseases. In addition, the impact of genomic data is certain to require individuals who can formulate science policy and advocate reasonable approaches to use these data in ways that serve the health of the world.

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology has more than 34 full-time and adjunct faculty, Research faculty confront the basic sciences of Virology, Mycology, Bacteriology, Immunology, Biodefense, and Science Policy. The themes of the research programs in the department are state-of-the-art and include a major emphasis in molecular biology and Biochemistry that focuses upon translational research. The research faculty is supported by grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health, the DOD, and CDC.

Graduate education is also part of a strong commitment by the faculty. Students in the BSPA MS degree program take a variety of graduate level courses in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology but also are able to take courses in other sectors of Georgetown University such as the GUMC, Law School, and the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Adjunct Faculty

Name Title and Expertise

Richard Calderone, PhD, BSPA Co-Director

Antimicrobial drug resistance, Policy, Teaches MICB 606, 800, and 801

Julie Fischer, PhD, BSPA Co-Director, GUMC

Global Health & Security, Policy, Teaches MICB 603 and 805

Erin Sorrell, PhD, BHTA Co-Director, GUMC 

Global Health & Security, Policy, Teaches MICB 549 and 803

A. Alan Moghissi, PhD, GUMC

President of RSI Institute for Regulatory Science, Teaches MICB 702 and 703

Tomoko Steen, PhD

Library of Congress, Senior Research Specialist Science, Policy/Diplomacy/Environmental Regulation, Teaches MICB 589, 603, and 705

David Goldston, MA Director of Government Affairs, NRDC - Natural Resources Defense Council, Teaches BIOL 562

Lisa Jaeger, JD

Bracewell, LLS, Environmental Law, Teaches MICB 701

Jean-Pierre Auffret, PhD, George Mason University

Dean of Partnerships, New technical competencies; Bioengineering and policy/regulation

David Siegrist, PhD 

Mitre Inc., Global Health 

Benn Tannenbaum, PhD

Manager, Gov. Relations, and Head, Washington Program Office, Sandia, National Laboratories, DC, MICB 606

Jenny Witthoff, DVM, Adjunct Assoc Prof.

Animal Health, Teaches MICB 590

Trish Foley, DVM, DCLAM

Director of the Division of Comparative Medicine, Animal Health, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Teaches MICB 590

Rebecca Katz, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, GUMC, Global Health

Felice Apter, PhD

Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Medical School, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Teaches MICB 524 

Beth Peshkin, PhD, Oncology, GUMC

Instructor, Teaches PPOL 661, Precision Medicine, Genomics and Policy

Sona Vasudevan, PhD, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, GUMC

Teaches SYSM 591 Biomedical Informatics 

Dennis McBride, PhD

VP, Strategy/Innovation, SourceAmerica, Inc., Lecturer

Michael Stoto, PhD, SNHS

Teaches HESY 594, Global Outbreaks and Legal Issues

Brent Korba, PhD, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Teach MICB-660, Concepts of Immunotherapy

Marta Catalfamo, PhD, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Teach MICB-660, Concepts of Immunotherapy