Darius Meissner is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Global Health Science and Security working under Dr. Alexandra Phelan to support projects on the United Nations Secretary-General’s Mechanism and the Biological Weapons Convention.
Darius is finishing the M.A. in Security Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he specializes in Technology and Security, focusing on weapons of mass destruction and emerging technologies. Previously, he interned for six months with the Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit within the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Geneva. A graduate of the University of Oxford, Darius holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. During his undergraduate studies, he led a major student society and co-authored an online textbook on normative ethics with Oxford Professor William MacAskill. Darius grew up in Germany and lived and worked for extended periods in India, China, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Switzerland. His primary research interests include biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, WMD arms control and non-proliferation, nuclear policy, and the governance of artificial intelligence (AI).