Dana Perkins, PhD, is a Senior Science Advisor with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. She is also a a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve, serving as an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She previously supported the UN Security Council 1540 Committee as a member of the 1540 group of experts.


In this article, the authors describe approaches to biosafety, biosecurity, and responsible conduct in the life sciences, including how they are covered by international treaties, international organizations, and professional organizations.


Managing biological threats requires a multifaceted, holistic approach, which benefits from greater gender integration. The U.S. government can better empower women in biosecurity by employing specific indicators to track performance.