Dr Ray Zilinskas
Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
After having been a clinical microbiologist for over 15 years, Zilinskas studied at the University of Southern California, earning Ph.D. in 1982. His dissertation addressed policy issues generated by recombinant DNA research, including genetic engineering techniques for military and terrorist purposes. After graduation, he worked for the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (1981-1982), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (1982-1986), University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (1987-1998), and the School of Hygiene and Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University. Zilinskas was a Foster fellow at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency 1993-1994, during which he twice was an UNSCOM biological weapons inspector in Iraq. He has been a consultant to the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University, since 1998 to the present. Zilinskas’ NDU Occasional Paper 11 The Soviet Biological Weapons Program and Its Legacy in Today’s Russia, was published in 2016.
Zilinskas currently directs the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. His research encompasses achieving effective biological arms control, assessing the risks posed by the former Soviet Union’s biological warfare program in today’s Russia, and preventing threats of biological and chemical terrorism from being realized. He has more than 120 publications including Encyclopedia of Bioterrorism Defense 2010 (co-edited by Rebecca Katz), the encompassing book The Soviet Biological Weapons Program: A History by Milton Leitenberg and Zilinskas in 2012, and Biotechnology E-commerce: A Disruptive Challenge to Biological Arms Control March 2015 (co-authored with Philippe Mauger). Zilinskas has finished a draft book manuscript Biosecurity and Biotechnology in Putin’s Russia that is currently being considered by Lynne Rienner Publishers.