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Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall
Senior Associate at the Center for Biosecurity
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Gronvall is Senior Associate at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an immunologist by training. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and also serves on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.

Dr. Gronvall’s work addresses how scientists can diminish the threat of biological weapons and how they can contribute to an effective response against a biological weapon or a natural epidemic. She is currently working with the Alliance for Biosecurity, a collaboration among the Center for Biosecurity and several pharmaceutical and biotechnology
companies, on how to implement the FDA’s Animal Efficacy Rule for licensing new biodefense countermeasures. In another project, she is investigating the biosafety and biosecurity issues surrounding high-biocontainment laboratories in the U.S. and worldwide.

Dr. Gronvall has investigated and presented policy recommendations on the governance of science to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in Geneva, Switzerland (2003, 2005, and 2006). In 2005, Dr. Gronvall was the principal organizer of the International Conference on Biosafety and Biorisks, an event convened in collaboration with the World Health Organization, in Lyon, France. This conference brought together scientists from around the world to discuss how scientists can respond to challenges presented by SARS, influenza, and other major epidemic threats; how scientists should communicate their findings in a crisis;
and how best to improve international cooperation prior to and during future epidemics.

Dr. Gronvall is an associate editor of the quarterly journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. She is a founding member of the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC and, prior to joining the faculty in 2003, worked at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, which she joined
in 2001. From 2000-2001 she was a National Research Council
Postdoctoral Associate at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Dr. Gronvall received a BS in Biology from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1993. She subsequently worked as a protein chemist at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and received a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2000 for work on T cell receptor/MHC I interactions.


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