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An expert in global health security and development

Dr. Dennis Carroll has over 30 years of leadership experience in global health and development. Until recently he served as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Threats Division. In this position Dr. Carroll was responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the Agency's programs addressing new and emerging disease threats. He provided overall strategic leadership for the Agency’s response to the West Africa Ebola epidemic. He currently heads the Global Virome Project, an international partnership to build the systems and capacities to detect and characterize future viral threats while they are still circulating in wildlife - enabling the world to better prepare before they spill over into us.

Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs

Senior Fellow

2019 - Present (2 years, 5 months)
Founded in 2007, The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is a research institute housed in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University

Director - Emerging Threats Division

2005 - 2019 (14 years, 12 months)
Dr. Carroll joined USAID in 2005 and assumed responsibility for leading the USAID response to the spread of avian influenza. He oversaw the Agency’s implementation of the Emerging Threats program in more than 30 countries across Africa and Asia. He received the 2006 USAID Science and Technology Award for his work on malaria and avian influenza, the 2008 Administrator’s Management Innovation Award for his management of the Agency’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza program and in 2015 USAID’s Distinguished Service Award.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Office of Global Health

Infectious Disease Strategic Objective (SO) Team Leader

1997 - 2005 (8 years, 1 month)
As USAID’s Infectious Diseases SO team leader I served as the Agency’s Senior Infectious Diseases Advisor with responsibility for providing: (1) leadership in setting the Agency’s strategic approaches and directions for its non-HIV infectious disease portfolio - including malaria, tuberculosis, disease surveillance, antimicrobial resistance and neglected tropical diseases; (2) coordination of the Agency’s infectious disease strategic objective, including overseeing budget and program implementation ; (3) provision of expert advice and technical assistance to USAID missions and Washington staff; (4) administration and management of central programs to achieve Agency and host country objectives in reducing the threat of infectious diseases; and (5) overall reporting to appropriate Congressional committees on USAID’s infectious disease program.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/International Health Program Office

Senior Public Health Advisor

1991 - 1997 (5 years, 10 months)
Served as USAID’s principal advisor on water borne and tropical infectious diseases, with the primary responsibility for managing the Agency’s related technical assistance programs, which included:
Environmental Health Program - conceptualized, designed and managed a 10 year central project (1993-2002) to provide technical and program support in tropical disease control, water supply and water waste management, air pollution, toxic and hazardous materials , occupational health, injury control and food hygiene. (1993-1997);
Vector Biology and Control Program, - managed the Agency’s primary mechanism for providing field support in tropical disease control and prevention. (1990-1993);
Onchocerciasis Control Programme (OCP) – a WHO program for control of River Blindness in West Africa, and the more regional Africa Programme for Oncho Control (1990-1999);
Guinea Worm Eradication Program - the global eradication program led by the Carter Center(1990-2005)
Bureau for Science and Technology

AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellow

1989 - 1991 (2 years, 1 month)
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process;
Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington. Each year, the program adds to a growing corps over 3,400 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits and industry to serve the nation and the world
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Associate Research Scientist

1986 - 1989 (2 years, 11 months)
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, non-profit institution with research programs focusing on cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, genomics, and quantitative biology
Emerging Threats Division, Bureau for Global Health


Formulation of the Agency’s overall vision and strategic approach for responding to the emerging infectious disease threats, including H5N1 and H7N9 avian flu, the H1N1 2009 pandemic virus, Ebola, MERS, as well as antimicrobial resistance and other emerging threats;
Provision of expert policy, technical leadership and program guidance;
Formulation of an Agency research agenda to address critical gaps in knowledge about disease emergence;
Ensuring enhanced coordination across the public health ,veterinary and emergency and humanitarian response sectors within the Agency;
Facilitation of strong cross-US government coordination, particularly with the White House Homeland Security Council, the National Security Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Agriculture, the Department of State and the Department of Defense;
Promotion of effective coordination with U.N. organizations, particularly the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, UNICEF, the World Food Program and the UN Development Program;
Developing expanded partnerships with private and non-governmental sectors;
Preparing with the White House and Congress detailed budgets and implementation plans on USAID’s ET program;
Providing routine USAID program updates and briefings to the White House and Congress;
Lead USAID’s efforts to develop strong bilateral ET programs in support of country-level efforts to respond emerging disease threats in over thirty countries in Asia and Africa.

PhD, Molecular Biochemistry

University of Massachusetts/Amherst

1982 - ?
Training, Tropical Medicine Program

Tulane University

1979 - ?
BSc, Physics, Cell Biology

University of Massachusetts/Boston

1975 - ?