About
What We Do

Penn State’s Applied Biological and Biosecurity Research Laboratory (ABRL) was formed as collaboration between the Applied Research Laboratory and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. We build global capacity to proactively identify and mitigate health threats around the world, including those from naturally-emerging infectious diseases as well as man-made threats. Through collaborative research and innovation with our global network of partners, supported by Penn State’s global health security capacities, we support projects from basic science research through application, implementation and management.

ABRL’s Mission: To secure global health by creating interdisciplinary solutions in response to evolving threats and to deploy interventions to sustain community health through knowledge, technology and outreach.
Who are we?

ABRL is a part of The Pennsylvania State University, coordinating and conducting research and building capacities through grant and contracted pathways.

ABRL Core Leadership and Executive Committee
Kay Van Der Host
Kay van der Horst
  • Director
    ABRL
Kay Peter Hudson
Peter Hudson
  • Willaman Professor of Biology
  • Director
    Huck Institutes of Life Sciences
Paul Sullivan
Paul Sullivan
  • Executive Director
    Defense Related Research Units (DRRU) and ARL
Elaine Sumera
  • Deputy Director
    ABRL
Kay Vivek Kapur
Vivek Kapur
  • Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Huck Distinguished Chair in Global Health
  • Associate Director
    Huck Institutes of Life Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor
    Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology
Allan Sonsteby
Allan Sonsteby
  • Deputy Executive Director
    ARL
ABRL Core Staff
Jessica Radzio-Basu
Jessica Radzio-Basu
  • Assistant Research Professor
    Huck Institute of Life Sciences
Crystal Hubler-Butterbaugh
Crystal Hubler-Butterbaugh
  • Project Manager for Global Health Initiatives
  • Grants and Contracts Administrator
Victoria Cavener
  • Postdoctoral Scholar
Stephen Fast
Stephen Fast
  • Data Science Department Head - Cyber, Data and Image Sciences Division
    Applied Research Laboratory
Lori Jennings
Lori Jennings
  • Administrative Support Coordinator
Robab Katani
  • Postdoctoral Scholar
    Huck Institutes of Life Sciences
  • Project Manager
    Huck Institutes of Life Sciences
Walter McVey
Walter McVey
  • Senior Project Manager
The Applied Biological and Biosecurity Research Laboratory is located on the Pennsylvania State University campus at 105 Chemistry Building, University Park, PA 16802
ABRL Faculty Collaborators
Antonios Armaou
  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Operation Research Program
  • Guest Professor of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
    Wenzhou University
Deanna Behring
Deanna Behring
  • Assistant Dean and Director of International Programs
    College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Affiliate Faculty
    School of International Affairs
Kory Blose
Kory Blose
  • Assistant Research Professor
    Applied Research Laboratory
Maciej Boni
Maciej Boni
  • Professor and Huck Scholar in Entomology
Isabella Cattadori
Isabella Cattadori
  • Associate Professor of Biology
Matt Ferrari
Matt Ferrari
  • Professor and Huck Scholar in Entomology
Robert Fraleigh
Robert Fraleigh
  • Assistant Research Professor
    Applied Research Laboratory
Scott Gartner
Scott Gartner
  • Director
    Penn State School of International Affairs
  • Professor of International Affairs
Weihua Guan
Weihua Guan
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Joyce Jose
Joyce Jose
  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Girish Kirimanjeswara
Girish Kirimanjeswara
  • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Scott Linder
Scott Linder
  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Manuel Llinás
Manuel Llinás
  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Co-director
    Center for Malaria Research
James Marden
James Marden
  • Professor of Biology
  • Associate Director
    Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
Beth McGraw
Elizabeth McGraw
  • Professor and Huck Scholar in Entomology
Andrew Patterson
Andrew Patterson
  • Associate Professor of Molecular Toxicology
  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Justin Pritchard
Justin Pritchard
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Cell and Molecular Bioengineering, Cell Signaling and Cancer
Howard Salia
Howard Salis
  • Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Steven Schiff
Steven Schiff
  • Director
    Penn State Center for Neural Engineering
  • Brush Chair Professor of Engineering
  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
Troy Sutton
Troy C. Sutton
  • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
    Huck Institutes of Life Sciences
Robert Walker
Robert Walter
  • Department Head of Applied Enterprise Systems
    Applied Research Laboratory
Pak Kin Wong
Pak Kin Wong
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering