AFRRI Director

Mohammad Naeem, Colonel, Medical Corps, U.S. Army


Uniformed Services University


AFRRI was established by DoD Directive in 1961 and operated by the Defense Atomic Support Agency and the Defense Nuclear Agency throughout the Cold War. In 1992, DoD transferred responsibility for AFRRI to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). As the nation’s only military radiobiology laboratory AFRRI has fulfilled unique responsibilities since its inception to advance the science and technology needed by the Military Health System to support readiness for radiological and nuclear operations. AFRRI also serves as a key scientific partner to other federal agencies, and an essential component of the nation’s radiobiology research enterprise


AFRRI mission is to preserve and protect the health and performance of U.S. military personnel through research and training that advance understanding of the effects of ionizing radiation. This mission includes education and training to maintain a pool of qualified radiation biologists; and basic and applied research to identify and perform early development of measures to prevent, assess and treat radiation injury. AFRRI research thrusts include medical countermeasures, diagnosis of injury (biodosimetry), low dose/low dose rate/late effects, internalized radionuclides, and combined injury.