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Biography: Theresa Lawrence, Ph.D., CAPT, USPHS,

Director
Division of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Countering Biological Threats
Office of Policy and Planning
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

Dr. Theresa Lawrence serves as Director, Division of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Countering Biological Threats within the Office of Policy and Planning within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. In this capacity, she is responsible for oversight and coordination of programs, policies, and initiatives related to science matters such as biosafety and biosecurity. She also serves as a member of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service. Before joining the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, she served as a program analyst in the Office of Science and Data Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Lawrence previously served as Acting Director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this position, she was responsible for oversight of the legislative; policy, planning and evaluation; controlled correspondence; and freedom of information act activities of NIAID. Prior to this, Dr. Lawrence served as a program analyst in the Office of Policy Analysis at NIAID.  Dr. Lawrence joined NIAID with many years  
CAPT. Theresa Lawrence 
experience directing the scientific and administrative operation of the Bacteriology Laboratory, Microbiology Service, Veterinary Resources Program, Division of Intramural Research Services, Office of the Director, NIH. In this capacity, she provided leadership and direction to a clinical microbiology research support organization. She was responsible for the orchestration of diagnostic veterinary microbiological services to the NIH intramural research programs of all institutes and centers conducting animal research at the NIH. Dr. Lawrence earned a Ph.D. in Pathology in the specialty area of clinical microbiology from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York.

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  • This page last reviewed: August 21, 2017