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Genome Editing Tools Subject Matter Experts

The Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) was asked to identify U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) or U.S. government (USG) subject matter experts (SMEs) with expertise in disease diagnostic platforms, specifically those utilizing genome editing tools to search for the presence of specific nucleic acids. The inquirer was also interested in any military applications for such platforms. An active technical inquiry to assist […]

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Richard Winegar, Ph.D

Chief Scientist, MRIGlobal

Richard Winegar’s work has contributed to national security and areas in genomics, such as whole genome sequencing and reference capability, and diagnostic assays for biothreat agents and radiation exposure. Previously, he helped develop and validate methods to analyze evidence related to the 2001 anthrax letters investigation for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has served as principal investigator for many U.S. government and commercial clients. He characterized genetic damage induced by heavy-ion particle radiation for NASA and used PCR to determine tissue distribution in mice of an adenovirusbased, antimelanoma vaccine for NCI. More recently, he played a role in developing rapid diagnostics, testing therapeutics, and performing genomic analysis to better understand the emergence and significance of COVID-19 variant strains.

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NSA Bahrain, NAVSEA Conduct Oil Spill Exercise

MANAMA, Bahrain – Naval Sea System Command’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), in coordination with Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain’s Environmental Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Europe Africa Central, successfully conducted a comprehensive salvage and pollution response drill as part of an annual oil spill response training exercise onboard NSA Bahrain, November 5-8. The four-day exercise coincided with the annual maintenance of SUPSALV […]

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The 12th IEEE Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) conference will be held January 29-30, 2024, at the DoubleTree – Mission Valley in San Diego, CA. EESAT has been a forum for presenting advances…

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