The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) is a federal advisory committee that provides advice and guidance to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and to the HHS Secretary on preventing, preparing for, and responding to adverse health effects of emergencies. The
board has 13 voting members with a broad range of expertise in science, medicine, and public health.
Prabhavathi Fernandes, PhD, FIDSA
Chair, National Biodefense Science Board
Dr. Prabhavathi Fernandes, has more than 35 years of pharmaceutical discovery, development, and management experience in large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She obtained her undergraduate training in India , worked at the University of Ghent, Belgium, in immunochemistry and then received her PhD in microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
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