Ryan Morhard


Current Affiliations: 
Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University (Non-Resident Center Affiliate) 

Former Affiliations

Interests: Biotechnology, Bioeconomy, Biosecurity and Biodefense, International Partnerships, Emerging Science & Technology, Law


JD    Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
BS    University of Pittsburgh (Neuroscience, History and Philosophy of Science) 

Select Publications, Presentations, and Projects
  • CNAS Task Force on Biotechnology and American Competitiveness. Center for New American Security. 2022.
  • Programmable Biology Puts Biotech on the Geopolitical Agenda. Lawfare. November 2022. 
  • Global Health Security in the DNA Age. Council on Foreign Relations. November 2022. 
  • The Bioeconomy Revolution Can End the Panic-and-Neglect Cycle in Health Security. Think Global Health. Council on Foreign Relations. January 2022. 
  • Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction: A global Framework for Accessible, Safe and Secure DNA Synthesis - WEF, in collaboration with NTI-Bio. January 2020. 
  • Priorities for Public–Private Cooperation to Mitigate Risk and Impact of Global Catastrophic Biological Risks. Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology. 31 October 2019. 
  • Event 201 - a pandemic exercise, with JHU, BMGF, and WEF. 
  • World Economic Forum 2019 Global Risk Report - Going Viral 
  • Outbreak Readiness and Business Impact: Protecting Lives and Livelihoods across the Global Economy - WEF, in collaboration with Harvard Global Health Institute
  • GHSI Emergency Radionuclide Bioassay Laboratory Network: Summary of the Second Exercise. Chunsheng Li, et. al. Radiat Prot Dosimetry. (2016) doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncw254
  • GHSI Emergency Radionuclide Bioassay Laboratory Network: Summary of a Recent Exercise. Chunsheng Li, et. al. Radiat Prot Dosimetry (2015) doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncv386
  • From Global to Local and Back: Introduction to International and Domestic Public Health Actors and Authorities and their Role in Responding to Global Infectious Disease Threats. 2015 NACCHO Preparedness Summit.
  • Legal and Regulatory Capacity to Support the Global Health Security Agenda. Morhard Ryan and Katz Rebecca. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. September/October 2014, 12(5): 254-262. doi:10.1089/bsp.2014.0023.
  • Emergency Preparedness in the 10-Mile Emergency Planning Zone Surrounding Nuclear Power Plants. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. December 2014.
  • Presentation: Promoting Development of Medical Countermeasures for Emerging Public Health Threats. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference on the Innovation, Achievement and Sustainable Development in Public Health Emergency Response System: 10 Years after the SARS Epidemic. Taipei, Taiwan. July 2013.
  • Preparedness Pulsepoints - Founder and former Editor. Email newsletter providing weekly update on USG action on readiness and response
  • Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers in Disasters: A Survey of their Roles, Experiences, and Challenges. Biosecurity & Bioterrorism. March 2014.
  • Absorbing Citywide Patient Surge During Hurricane Sandy: A Case Study in Accommodating Multiple Hospital Evacuations. Annals of Emergency Medicine. (in press)
  • Lecture: Past and Present Threats to the Public's Health. Public Health Law and Science: A Seminar for Maryland Judges. June 2013.
  • "The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act: Its Contributions and New Potential to Increase Public Health Preparedness." Morhard, RC, Franco C. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism 2013:11(2). 
  • Diagnosing Infection at the Point of Care: How Standards and Market Forces Will Shape the Landscape for Emerging Diagnostic Technologies. Nuzzo, J, Rambhia, K, Morhard R, Watson M, Adalja, A, Toner E, Cicero A, Inglesby T. UPMC Center for Health Security, June 2013. 
  • "Local Health Department Capacity for Community Engagement and Its Implications for Disaster Resilience." Schoch-Spana M, Sell TK, and Morhard R. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism 2013;11(2).
  • "When Good Food Goes Bad." Nuzzo JB, Wollner SB, Morhard RC, Sell TK, Cicero AJ, and Inglesby TV. Center for Biosecurity of UPMC. March 2013.
  • "The Price-Anderson Act and the Role of Congress in Compensating Victims After a Catastrophic Nuclear Disaster." Morhard R and Ravi S. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. 2012;10(4).
  • "The Industrialization of Biology and Its Impact on National Security." Gronvall GK, Morhard R, Rambhia K, Cicero A, and Inglesby T. June 8, 2012.
  • "After Fukushima: Managing the Consequences of a Radiological Release." Fitzgerald J, Wollner S, Adalja AA, et al., Center for Biosecurity of UPMC. March 2012.
  • "Improving Global Health, Strengthening Global Security Conference Report." Gronvall GK, Morhard R, Rambhia K, et al. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. 2011;9(1):73-78.
  • Rad Resilient City Preparedness Checklist: A Preparedness Checklist to Save Lives After a Nuclear Detonation. Schoch-Spana M, Norwood, A, Sell TK, Morhard R. Center for Biosecurity of UPMC. 2011. 
  • Anticipating the Impact of Bruesewitz v. Wyeth on Vaccine and Medical Countermeasure Injury Compensation and Availability." Courtney B and Morhard R. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. 2010;8(4):315-320.
  • "Expanding Practitioner Scopes of Practice During Public Health Emergencies." Courtney B, Morhard R, Bouri N, and Cicero A. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. 2010;8(3):223-231.
  • Assessment of the delta opioid agonist DADLE in a rat model of lethal hemorrhage treated by emergency preservation and resuscitation. Drabek T, Han F, Garman RH, Stezoski J, Tisherman SA, Stezoski SW, Morhard RC, Kochanek PM. Resuscitation. 2008 May;77(2):220-8. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2007.11.020. Epub 2008 Jan 18.
  • Intravenous hydrogen sulfide does not induce hypothermia or improve survival from hemorrhagic shock in pigs.Drabek T, Kochanek PM, Stezoski J, Wu X, Bayir H, Morhard RC, Stezoski SW, Tisherman SA. Shock. 2011 Jan;35(1):67-73. doi: 10.1097/SHK.0b013e3181e86f49.