Edward McSweegan, PhD
Edward McSweegan, Ph.D., is a microbiologist. He graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in biology in 1978. He has an M.S. in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Rhode Island. He was a National Research Council Research Associate (1984-86) and did postdoctoral research at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. McSweegan served as an AAAS Diplomacy Fellow in the U.S. State Department (1986-88) where he helped to negotiate science and technology agreements with Poland, Hungary, and the former Soviet Union. After moving to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), he continued to work on international health and infectious disease projects in Egypt, Israel, Russia, and managed NIAID’s bilateral program with India, the Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program. In 2009, he worked on PEPFAR programs at the U.S. Embassy in Swaziland, Africa as part of the CDC’s International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) Program. In 2015, he served as a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow in Bogota, Colombia. He was an ex officio member of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats, and is a member of the AAAS, the American Society for Microbiology, and the National Association of Science Writers. He is the author of numerous scientific publications and freelanced science articles.