Andrew M. Hebbeler, PH.D.

Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State

Senior Adviser for Science, Technology, and Innovation, Andrew M. Hebbeler is a former biological research scientist with foreign affairs, national security, science and technology, and nonproliferation program and policy experience. Currently, he is the Senior Science, Technology, and Innovation Adviser in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State. Previously, he was Deputy Director for the Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State, where he oversaw the NADR Global Threat Reduction program, a $65 million program to prevent terrorists and other nonstate actors from acquiring biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons of mass destruction materials, expertise, and knowledge. From 2013 to 2015, he served as Assistant Director for Biological and Chemical Threats in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and focused on national security policy at the intersection of infectious disease, weaponizable chemicals, and science and technology. Prior to his position at the White House, Dr. Hebbeler managed and oversaw the State Department's Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP), a $40 million program that reduces the threat of bioterrorism by preventing terrorist access to potentially dangerous biological materials, dual-use infrastructure, and expertise, while supporting efforts to combat infectious disease and enhance public and animal health worldwide.

Dr. Hebbeler was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received his Bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. He completed his doctoral work in the laboratory of C. David Pauza at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he focused on understanding an unconventional lymphocyte population that is important during immune responses to infectious disease and cancer. Before joining the State Department, Dr. Hebbeler was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Warner C. Greene at The J. David Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, California.