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Charles L. Bailey

Executive Director of George Mason University’s Biomedical Research Laboratory and Distinguished Professor of Biology

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Expertise: Biodefense, Infectious Diseases, Biomarkers

As director of Mason’s Biomedical Research Laboratory (BRL), Bailey has overseen the five-year building project that began in 2005 when Mason was awarded a $27.7 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Prior to joining Mason, Bailey served as commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases where he led medical and scientific research programs dedicated to the development of new forms of medical protection against biological weapons and other infectious diseases. The results of his hands-on experiments with a wide variety of infectious agents have been published in more than 100 scientific articles in refereed books and journals. He has also presented at national and international conferences and to U.S. government officials, and served previously as a senior analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency. Bailey holds a doctorate from Oklahoma State University.

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Calvin B. Carpenter

Deputy Director of George Mason University’s Biomedical Research Laboratory and Research Professor

Expertise: Biodefense, Infectious Diseases

Carpenter is a veterinarian with more than 26 years of military experience and over sixteen years of infectious disease and biodefense research experience. Prior to joining Mason, he served as the chief of the Medical Science and Technology Division in the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the deputy director for Grants Management at the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs and program manager for the Department of Defense’s Prion, Muscular Dystrophy and Hepatitis C Research Programs. Carpenter is a member of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College and has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He holds a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Oklahoma State University and is board certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

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Serguei Popov

Research Professor, National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases

Expertise: Bioweapons, Biodefense, Infectious Diseases

Popov is a professor at Mason's National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases. He specializes in biodefense research including the development of new treatment approaches against anthrax. He is a former Soviet microbiologist who can speak about the Soviet bioweapons program. Popov's findings have been widely published in scientific journals including the Journal of Biological Chemistry, BMC Infectious Diseases, Cellular Microbiology and Nonproliferation Review.

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Anne Taylor

Director of Operations of George Mason University’s Biomedical Research Laboratory

Expertise: Biodefense, Infectious Diseases

As the director of operations for the BRL, Taylor oversees the implementation of standard operating procedures at the facility. She previously served as the technical operations manager for Mason’s National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases. Prior to joining Mason, Taylor held positions as a scientist at Advanced Biosystems and a biology program manager at the Federal Bureau of Investigations. She also worked as a research assistant at both the Walter Reed Army Medical Research Institute and the Naval Medical Research Institute’s Henry M. Jackson Foundation during which time she deployed on national and international biological warfare detection missions including the United Nations Special Commission to Iraq. Taylor trained at the Porton Down Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, in Salisbury, England. She holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from The American University and a master’s degree in biodefense from Mason.

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