Brian Samuelson Jr.

Research Associate

Brian Samuelson Jr. is a distinguished alumnus of Stony Brook University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a focus on interdisciplinary studies. While in college, he showed great leadership qualities by co-founding and later becoming the president of the Stony Brook University National Society of Leadership and Success chapter.

During his time in college, he gained valuable research experience through an internship at the respected Brookhaven National Laboratory. This experience, along with his participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program, introduced him to the world of research. This experience has inspired him to continue his research journey in the field of infectious diseases and medical science.

Currently, Brian is working as a research associate at the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation. His mission is to find innovative ways to manage biological risks. He focuses on improving biosafety in research, diagnostics, and clinical facilities. Brian’s work also helps raise awareness about risks and how to mitigate them in the world of bioscience and against potential threats from harmful actors.

Brian strives to enhance global health science and safety by promoting evidence-based practices in biosafety and biosecurity. His work aims to protect researchers and those on the front lines of disease detection around the world. His academic journey, leadership skills, and commitment to global health and safety make him a formidable force in shaping the future of infectious disease science and public health.

His overarching goal has always been to harness his leadership attributes to combat the growing threat of emerging infectious diseases. To achieve this, he recognized the importance of a comprehensive skill set including the fundamentals in infectious disease science, data modeling, and policy.