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Biography: Joe Larsen, Ph.D.

Acting Director
Division of CBRN Medical Countermeasures
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Dr. Larsen is acting Director of the Division of CBRN Medical Countermeasures within the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority (BARDA). In that role, he oversees a $2.8B fund for the development and procurement of medical products for use during public health emergencies. He is also the BARDA lead for the BARDA’s work on combating antibiotic resistant bacteria and has chaired intergovernmental working groups on research and development and economic incentives for antibacterial drug development. Previously Dr. Larsen served as Chief of the Broad Spectrum Antimicrobials program at BARDA. The goal of BARDA’s Broad Spectrum Antimicrobials program is to develop additional antimicrobial treatment options needed to counter the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. In that role, he oversaw a portfolio of approximately $1.2B in programs that support the development of novel antibacterial and antiviral drugs. Dr. Larsen also serves as the BARDA representative on the U.S. Transatlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. Previously, Dr. Larsen served as a Senior Science and Technology Manager at the Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JSTO-CBDP) within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Picture of Dr. Joseph Larsen
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(DTRA). There, he managed a applied research program aimed at the development of medical therapeutics against viral, bacterial, and toxin threat agents. From 2005-2006, Dr. Larsen was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow at the Department of Homeland Security. There, he managed University based research programs aimed at the development enhanced food safety detection systems and medical countermeasures for agricultural threat agents. Joe was a 2005 National Academy of Science Christine Mirzayan fellow with the Board of Life Sciences. Dr. Larsen received his PhD in Microbiology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and his BA with honors from the University of Kansas.

  • This page last reviewed: March 22, 2018