Jens Kuhn

Chair - Animal ssRNA+ Viruses Subcommittee

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) 
Integrated Research Facility at Fort Detrick (IRF–Frederick) 
Frederick, Maryland, USA

Current term (2023 - 2026): First


I have two career paths of interest that are related through my experience as a research scientist studying exotic diseases. As an analyst, I am interested in researching, reporting, and teaching on the problems related to biological warfare/terrorism/crime defense and disarmament, and in helping to develop anti-proliferation strategies and programs to implement biological arms control. As a laboratory scientist, I would like to continue and expand upon my research, knowledge, and specialization in the diagnosis, identification and molecular characterization of tropical and exotic pathogens (zooanthroponoses, arthropod- and rodent-borne infectious diseases, hemorrhagic fevers, rare encephalopathies, and emerging infectious diseases). My ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of medical countermeasures for the treatment and prevention of these diseases. 

Specialties: arboviruses, arenaviruses, arteriviruses, arms control, biodefense, bioethics, biosafety, biosafety level 4, biosecurity, biosurety, BSL-4, bunyaviruses, disarmament, Ebola, emerging infectious diseases, encephalitides, encephalopathies, filoviruses, flaviviruses, Hendra virus, Lassa virus, Machupo virus, Marburg virus, Nipah virus, nomenclature, nonproliferation, paramyxoviruses, science policy, simian hemorrhagic fever, taxonomy, viral hemorrhagic fevers, zooanthroponoses, zoonoses.

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Jens Kuhn