Dr. Julie E. Fischer co-directs a portfolio of research projects in global health security with Dr. Rebecca Katz at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. From 2007-2012, Dr. Fischer led Stimson’s Global Health Security project, exploring the tools, policies, programs, and partnerships that strengthen global capabilities for disease detection and response. Dr. Fischer is a former Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellow. As professional staff with the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, she worked on issues related to domestic terrorism preparedness and the consequences of biological, chemical, and radiological exposures during military service. She served as a senior research fellow at the University of Washington and Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, and a consultant to a Thai-U.S. collaboration aimed at strengthening Thai capacity to identify and control emerging infections of regional and global significance. Dr. Fischer received a BA from Hollins University and a PhD in microbiology and immunology from Vanderbilt University.