Areas of Expertise: biodefense; biosecurity; emerging technologies; synthetic biology; US bioeconomy; cognitive neuroscience/neurobiology; emergency management; scientific collections; ethics & leadership in the Life Sciences; WMD Preparedness/Response.
Dr. Diane DiEuliis is a Senior Research fellow at National Defense University. Her research areas focus on emerging biological technologies, biodefense, and preparedness for biothreats. Specific topic areas under this broad research portfolio include dual use life sciences research, synthetic biology, the US bioeconomy, disaster recovery, and behavioral, cognitive, and social science as it relates to important aspects of deterrence and preparedness. Dr. DiEuliis currently has several research grants in progress, and guest lectures in a variety of foundational professional military education courses.
Prior to joining NDU, Dr. DiEuliis was the Deputy Director for Policy, serving as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While there, she coordinated policy in support of domestic and international health emergency preparedness and response activities, including implementation of the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act, the National Health Security Strategy, and the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE).
From to 2007 to 2011, Dr. DiEuliis was the Assistant Director for Life Sciences and Behavioral and Social Sciences in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. During her tenure at the White House, she was responsible for developing policy in areas such as biosecurity, synthetic biology, social and behavioral science, scientific collections, ethics, STEM education, and biotechnology. Dr. DiEuliis also worked to help coordinate agency response to public health issues such as the H1N1 flu.
Prior to working at OSTP, Dr. DiEuliis was a program director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she managed a diverse portfolio of neuroscience research in neurodegenerative diseases. She completed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, and completed her postdoctoral research in the NIH Intramural research program, where she focused on cellular and molecular neuroscience.
Dr. DiEuliis has a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Delaware, in Newark, Delaware.
- DiEuliis, D., Biotechnology for the Battlefield: In need of a strategy. War on the Rocks, November 27, 2018.
- DiEuliis, D. Key National Security Questions for the Future of Synthetic Biology. Global Transformations: A Century Since the Great War, in The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Winter 2019, 41:1.
- DiEuliis, D., Rao, V., Billings, E.A., Meyer, C. B., and Berger, K. Biodefense Policy Analysis—A Systems-based Approach. Health Security, Vol. 17, No. 2. (April 2019).
- DeFranco, J., DiEuliis, D., Bremseth, L.R. (CPT), Snow, J.J. (LtCol), and Giordano, J. Emerging technologies for disruptive effects in non-kinetic engagements. WMD Threat Analyses, HDIAC Journal, Vol. 6, issue 2, Summer 2019.
- DiEuliis et al. Biodata Risks and Synthetic Biology. Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense Vol. 9, no. 1 2018.
- Bajema, N., DiEuliis, D., Lutes, C., Lim, Y. The Digitization of Biology: Understanding the New Risks and Implications for Governance. July 2018.
- DiEuliis, D., Gronvall GK. A Holistic Assessment of the Risks and Benefits of the Synthesis of Horsepox Virus. mSphere. Mar 7;3(2).
- DiEuliis D, Giordano J. Gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9: implications for dual-use and biosecurity. Protein Cell. 2018 Mar;9(3):239-240.
- DiEuliis, D., and Giordano, J. Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Self-Disclosure, Chapter in: What Do Others Think and How Do We Know What They Are Thinking? Author Editor: Yager, M. (NSI, Inc), 2018.
- Bajema, N, and DiEuliis, D. Peril and Promise: Emerging Technologies and WMD. 2017.
- DiEuliis D, Berger K, Gronvall G. Biosecurity Implications for the Synthesis of Horsepox, an Orthopoxvirus. Health Secur. 15(6):629-637 2017. doi: 10.1089/hs.2017.0081.
- DiEuliis D, Carter SR, Gronvall GK. Options for Synthetic DNA Order Screening, Revisited. mSphere. 2(4); 2017.
- DiEuliis D, Giordano J. Why Gene Editors Like CRISPR/Cas May Be a Game-Changer for Neuroweapons. Health Secur. 15(3):296-302; 2017. doi: 10.1089/hs.2016.0120. Epub 2017 Jun 2.
- DiEuliis, D., and Emanuel, P. Rockets, Radio, and RNA: the role of hobbyists in driving innovation. Small Wars Journal.
- Roos J, Chue C, DiEuliis D, Emanuel P. The Department of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Program: An Enabler of the Third Offset Strategy. Health Secur. 15(2):207-214; 2017. doi:10.1089/hs.2017.0008.
- DiEuliis, D. Opinion: Specimen collections should have a much bigger role in infectious disease research and response. PNAS vol. 113, no.1, Jan. 2016.
- DiEuliis, D. The Role of Scientific Collections in Scientific Preparedness. Emerging Infectious Diseases Vol. 21, no. 8 August 2015. also see: Scientific Collections and Emerging Infectious Diseases
- DiEuliis, D, contributing author and co-editor. Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Underpinnings of ISIL Behavior and Implications for Strategic Communication, Messaging, and Influence. Editors Drs. James Giordano and Diane DiEuliis (May 2015).
- A New Information Paradigm? From Genes to "Big Data" and Instagram to Persistent Surveillance...Implications for National Security: 8th Annual SMA Conference (Nov 2014).
- D. DiEuliis, contributing author. Asan Report: Science and Technology to Prevent and Respond to CBRN Disasters: ROK and US Perspectives. Edited by Park Jiyoung (July 2014).
- Topics in the Neurobiology of Aggression: Implications to Deterrence (Feb 2013). Editors Dr. Diane DiEuliis and Dr. Hriar Cabayan.
- National Security Challenges: Insights from Social, Neurobiological, and Complexity Sciences (2012). Edited by: A. Astorino-Courtois, H. Cabayan, W. Casebeer, A. Chapman, D. DiEuliis, C. Ehlschlaeger, D. Lyle & C. Rice.