Jens H. Kuhn

National Institutes of Health, USA


Jens H. Kuhn, MD, PhD, PhD, MS, is Managing Consultant at Tunnell Government Services, Inc., Bethesda, MD, USA, and Lead Virologist (Contractor) at NIH/NIAID’s new maximum-containment/BSL-4 facility, the Integrated Research Facility at Fort Detrick (IRF-Frederick) in Frederick, MD, USA. Dr. Kuhn specializes in highly virulent viral pathogens. He is the author of "Filoviruses: A Compendium of 40 Years of Epidemiological, Clinical, and Laboratory Studies" (Vienna: Springer, 2008) and co-author of "The Soviet Biological Weapons Program – A History" (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012), and has studied and worked, among other countries, in Germany, Russia, South Africa, and South Korea. In the US, he rotated through the Arthropod-borne Infectious Disease Laboratory (AIDL), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). Dr. Kuhn was the first Western scientist with permission to work in the former Soviet biological warfare facility SRCVB "Vector" in Siberia, Russia, within the US DoD’s Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program. Dr. Kuhn was a contributor to the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland’s Controlling Dangerous Pathogens Project and a member of the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation’s CBW Scientist Working Group. He is currently Chair of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Filoviridae and Mononegavirales Study Groups, a member of the editorial boards of Applied Biosafety - Journal of the American Biological Safety Association, Archives of Virology, BioMed Research International, Journal of Bioterrorism and Biodefense, OA Virology, PLoS ONE, Virologica Sinica, Viruses, Voprosy Virusologii, and World Journal of Virology, and was a member of the US National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on “Animal Models for Assessing Countermeasures to Bioterrorism Agents”.

Biography Updated on 24 June 2013

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