Dr. Brian D. Pate Seminar


Proactive Countermeasures to Weapons of Mass Destruction

Dr. Brian D. Pate

Physical Scientist

Chemical and Biological Technologies Department

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

When:  Tuesday, March 28th, 2017,  1-2 pm

Where:  Hill Auditorium, ESRB/Barrows Hall, UMaine, Orono
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is the lead component of the U.S. Department of Defense
for safeguarding the U.S. and its allies from threats due to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). DTRA’s
approach to countering WMD relies upon anticipating threats and emerging technologies early in their
lifecycles, through monitoring and forecasting of relevant indicators. In addition, DTRA is responsible for
developing and maintaining core capabilities in this defense arena through engagement with scientists
and students across industry, academia, and the government. Integral to countering WMD is the ability
to identify and characterize the effects of such weapons through, for example, the development of new
assays and diagnostic platforms. In addition to systemic biomarkers, it is of particular importance to
understand interactions at sites of primary exposure, such as the skin and respiratory tract, as well as
within the blood-brain barrier and central nervous system. Knowledge of kinetics and mechanisms has
proven useful in enabling new bioengineering approaches to effective threat protection and medical
response, including the scavenging and neutralization of weaponized toxicants and viruses.
Biographical Sketch, Dr. Brian D. Pate
Dr. Pate is a Science & Technology Manager at the Joint Science & Technology Office for Chemical &
Biological Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He manages a $13M portfolio focused on (1)
interactions and diagnostic platforms relevant to human effects of advanced and emerging weapons
threats; (2) identifying and controlling new phenomena to enable breakthrough countermeasures to
chemical and biological weapons. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland and has
recently served as an instructor in biochemistry and in weapons chemistry at Northern Virginia
Community College and the U.S. Naval Academy, respectively. Dr. Pate earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from
Indiana University, followed by postdoctoral training at MIT in Materials Science & Engineering. Prior to
his current role, Dr. Pate was employed as a Visiting Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory, as a
Senior Chemistry Specialist at Dow Chemical, and as a Lecturer in Physics, Chemistry, and Materials
Science at Central Michigan University. Dr. Pate recently served as Deputy Director for Technology
Watch and Horizon Scanning at the Office of Technical Intelligence, Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Research and Engineering, and he maintains an active interest in using data-driven analytics to improve
S&T understanding, investments, and outcomes.
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Light refreshments will be available, starting at 12:50 pm