• From the PhD to the U.N. Security Council, 1540 Committee

    Interested in working in science and international policy? Dr. Dana Perkins discusses her extensive career in government and provides advice on how you can transition from the bench and into the exciting world of policy.

    Dana Perkins, PhD
    Expert, Group of Experts, 1540 Committee, United Nations Security Council
    Dr. Dana Perkins earned a Master's Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bucharest, Romania and PhD in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In her prior position, she led the Biological Weapons Nonproliferation and Counterterrorism Branch in the Office of Policy and Planning, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Perkins is also a Microbiologist with the rank of Major in the US Army Reserve.
    Currently, Dr. Perkins serves in a US Government-seconded position as a member of the Group of Experts supporting a subsidiary body of the United Nations Security Council, the 1540 Committee. The 1540 Committee was established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004) to monitor the implementation of this resolution worldwide. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 imposes binding obligations on all States to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery to terrorists and other non-State actors.

    Career Opportunities in Science Policy

    US State Department students and recent graduates programs
    United Nations Young Professionals Program
    United Nations Headquarters Internship Program

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