Recommending and promoting changes to U.S. policy and law to strengthen national biodefense while optimizing resource investments.

Commission seeks Office Manager

The Commission is looking for an Office Manager who is organized, professional, detail-oriented, highly responsive, a proactive planner and able to quickly shift from one task to another. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.  Please review the position description for more information.  If interested, please send your résumé to

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 7, 2023) – The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense is pleased to welcome former Michigan Republican Congressman Fred Upton as a new Commissioner. Congressman Upton served his Michigan constituents since 1986, choosing not to seek reelection in 2022. He fills the vacancy created by the departure of Ken Wainstein who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2022 to serve as Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security.

Commission announces new Deputy Director position to lead biodefense policy and research efforts


The new Deputy Director will support the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense by leading biodefense policy analysis and research about the prevention, deterrence, preparedness for, surveillance and detection of, response to, attribution of, recovery from, and mitigation of naturally occurring, accidentally released, and intentionally introduced biological threats. This is a senior, high-visibility position and the successful candidate is expected to serve as a strategic planner, manager, supervisor and substantive expert, reporting directly to the Executive Director and serving as the Acting Executive Director when necessary. The pandemic of 2020 has shined a spotlight on the Commission’s work and this new Deputy Director joins at an exciting time of high-intensity focus and rapid-growth. If you are interested, please send your resume to

 Watch the Commission’s December 8, 2022 meeting – Afterthoughts: Response, Recovery and Mitigation of Biological Events. At this meeting, the Commission further explored challenges for biodefense response, recovery, and mitigation capabilities at all levels of government and the private sector.