Contributing Scientific Expertise for National Security

LEAP Alumnus Anne Cheever is a lead scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the areas of biosecurity, emerging infectious diseases, and synthetic biology.  Anne has leveraged knowledge gained and contacts made during the Fellowship to help inform programs aimed at safely advancing the field of genome editing for the Department of Defense.  While a LEAP Fellow, she collaborated on a LEAP Strategic Action Plan to develop an international synthetic biology society. She leveraged those conversations and development process for international engagement on emerging technologies, including synthetic biology, during her time as a foreign affairs officer at the US Department of State. She is also a current fellow in the UPMC Center for Health Security’s Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity (ELBI) Fellowship program.