Gregory Koblentz

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Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor; Director, Biodefense Graduate Programs

Contact Information
Phone: 703-993-1266

Mason Square, Van Metre Hall, Room 678
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
MSN: 3B1 


Gregory D. Koblentz is an Associate Professor and Director of the Biodefense Graduate Program at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government. The Biodefense Graduate Program is a multidisciplinary research and education program designed to prepare students to work on issues at the nexus of health, science, and security and bridge the gap between science and policy. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Pandora Report, an online newsletter that covers global health security, and co-director of the Global BioLabs Initiative that tracks high containment labs and biorisk management policies around the world. Dr. Koblentz is an Associate Faculty at the Center for Security Policy Studies at George Mason. He is a member of the Scientist Working Group on Biological and Chemical Security at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, DC and the Security Working Group of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC). In 2016, he briefed the United Nations Security Council on the impact of emerging technologies on the threat posed by non-state actors armed with weapons of mass destruction. He serves as a pro bono advisor for the Open Society Justice Initiative, as a consultant for the Stimson Center on their cheminformatics program, and is a member of the Biothreat Advisory Board of Nighthawk Biosciences.

Prior to arriving at George Mason, Dr. Koblentz was a visiting assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service and Department of Government at Georgetown University. He has also worked for the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Dr. Koblentz is the author of Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age (Council on Foreign Relations, 2014) and Living Weapons: Biological Warfare and International Security (Cornell University Press, 2009) and co-author of Global Biolabs Report 2023 (2023), Mapping Maximum Biological Containment Labs Globally (2021), Editing Biosecurity: Needs and Strategies for Governing Genome Editing (2018), and Tracking Nuclear Proliferation: A Guide in Maps and Charts (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1998). His research and teaching focus on understanding the causes and consequences of the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons to state and non-state actors, global biorisk management, and the impact of emerging technologies on international security. He received a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Areas of Research

  • Biodefense
  • Foreign Policy
  • Global Health Security
  • International Relations
  • International Security
  • Middle East
  • Security Policy
  • South Asia
  • Terrorism