Stephen A. Morse, PhD
Senior Scientific Advisor
Dr. Morse is known for his impactful contributions to the fields of infectious diseases, genomics, and public health. He joined IHRC in 2016, after a successful 30-year career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Stephen brings over 50 years of experience in academia and federal government combined. In his role as a Senior Scientific Advisor, he is responsible for providing scientific and technical guidance, expertise, and oversight across our cross-functional portfolios and establishing scientific collaborations with other experts in the field.
He began a career in academia in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Harvard School of Public Health and at Oregon Health Sciences University. In 1984, he became the Director of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Laboratory Program in the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) at the CDC. During his career at CDC, he held several other high-level positions. He was appointed to the Senior Biomedical Research Service, U. S. Public Health Service, in 1997 and remained a member until his retirement in 2014. Among his major accomplishments were the establishment of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and the Select Agent Regulation.
Stephen has received several prestigious awards, including the McLaughlin Medal from UTMB, the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Public Health; HHS Equal Opportunity Achievement Award; and the McDade Citation for Lifetime Scientific Achievement, CDC. He has published more than 340 articles and chapters and is currently an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. Stephen received his PhD from UNC and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Georgia.