Dr. Gene Garrard Olinger received his Ph.D from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL in 2001. Currently, he is the Principal advisor science for MRI Global Inc. and he is the Senior Scientist and High Containment Coordinator at the NIH NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Frederick MD. He is an International recognized expert in virology and immunology. During his twelve year tenure in the Virology Division of USAMRIID, he and his team conducted applied research with an emphasis on the development of medical counter measures against viral bio threat agents, specifically highly lethal viral hemorrhagic fever viruses (VHFV). He is active in Multiple National level professional organizations, journal Editorial Boards, and serves as subject matter expert panels for HIV and VHFV. In addition to his current position, he has significant public health experience when he was assigned to the U.S. Public Health Service and the Common wealth of Virginia State Health Department. Since 2010, he served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Infectious Disease appointment at the Boston University School of Medicine and a joint appointment to the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL) as the Associate Director for High Containment Training. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Mount Saint Maryís University in Emmittsburg, MD, has completed executive training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, and completed Department of Defense Acquisition and Executive Leadership training. He is the recipient of the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service Medals in 2005 and 2010 and a Commanderís Award for Civilian Service in 2013. He is active in mentoring high school, undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
Development of filovirus vaccines; Development of therapeutic drug counter measures for viral threats including VHFV and alphaviruses.