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Covid-19, Biothreats, and Biodefense Policy

Sruthi, a 2020 Girl Security Scholar, focused on US bio-defense. Her research culminated in a podcast with CSIS Smart Women Smart Power, in which interviewed Gigi Kwik Gronvall, PhD. In addition, Sruthi’s bio-defense research paper received Special Recognition in the Janne Nolan Prize for Best Article on National Security.

In the third episode of SWSP x Girl Security, host Beverly Kirk is joined by Girl Security scholar Sruthi Katakam and Johns Hopkins University health security scholar Dr. Gigi Gronvall. The group discusses the holes in U.S. biological policy revealed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the role of dual-use biotechnologies in strategy and policy.