Bruce Harper, Director of Science
Plum Island Animal Disease Center, S&T
Plum Island, NY
At the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Dr. Bruce Harper leads the DHS Science Program’s activities in developing new biological countermeasures for high-threat foreign animal diseases that could threaten the nation’s agriculture. The program’s work includes developing new vaccines for diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease and Classical Swine Fever, which cause billions of dollars in economic damage around the world on a yearly basis.
Dr. Harper serves as the lead in partnerships with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Services, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services and other agencies to advance scientific research on foreign animal diseases and diagnostics, and develop effective countermeasures – improving the protection of our nation’s livestock.
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center is part of the Department’s network of national laboratories – coordinated by the Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Office of National Laboratories (ONL) – delivering critical homeland security capabilities to the nation.
The work of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center will continue at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan, Kansas with expected operation in 2018 – providing our nation with critical capabilities to conduct research, develop vaccines and other countermeasures, and train veterinarians in preparedness and response against these diseases.
S&T improves homeland security by working with partners to provide state-of-the-art technology and solutions that help them achieve their missions. S&T partners and customers include the operating components of the Department as well as state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders and officials.