Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Dr. Stephanie Petzing is a Senior Global Health Security Advisor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' Center for Global Health Engagement. She is a USU graduate with a Ph.D. in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Her scientific work focused on the entry mechanisms of Nipah virus and Hendra virus, two highly pathogenic zoonotic viruses. After completing a two year postdoctoral fellowship, she was awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. She served at the Department of Defense in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs as a global health and scientific advisor assisting in the coordination of the Global Health Security Agenda for the Department of Defense. Her duties included leading engagements related to global biological security as a whole, including eliminating biological weapons, improving biosafety and biosecurity in research labs, and establishing and enhancing biosurveillance capacity in partner countries. Dr. Petzing’s extensive expertise covers bacteriology, parasitology, pathology, statistics, immunology, and virology with a focus on military health and biodefense, as well as extensive high level interagency and policy work in the Global Health, Force Health Protection, Global Health Engagement, and Threat Reduction arenas. She is an experienced public speaker, having presented scientific and policy talks in national and international conferences, as well as supported Department of Defense officials in high-level international meetings.