Jessica Petrillo, Ph.D.

International Health and Biodefense at the U.S. Department of State

Jessica Petrillo, Ph.D., serves as Senior Health Security Officer in the office of International Health and Biodefense at the U.S. Department of State. Jessica’s main efforts center on policy issues at the health-security interface with an emphasis on promoting international capacity building founded on whole-of-government/whole-of-society and country ownership/sustainability principles. A primary component of her portfolio is devoted to enhancing international capacity to combat antimicrobial resistance, with a focus on enabling evidence-based decisions. Previously, Jessica served in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation working on policy issues related to the Biological Weapons Convention. She received her Ph.D. in Virology from Harvard University and conducted her postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute.