Stephen A. Morse received his M.S.P.H. in environmental chemistry and biology in 1966, and a PhD in microbiology in 1969 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has developed his academic career at: Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, 1971-74; Oregon Health Sciences University, 1974-84; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Director, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research Program, 1984-95; Associate Director for Science, Division of Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response, 1999-2008; Associate Director for Environmental Microbiology, 2008 - present. He has published over 290 articles, books and chapters and has received numerous awards, including: the McLaughlin Award from the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston; the Harriet Hylton Barr Outstanding Alumnus Award from the School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and the Joseph E. McDade Citation for Lifetime Scientific Achievement, CDC. Currently, Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Medicine, and past member of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology and the FBI Scientific Working Group for the forensic analysis of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism.