Claire Standley, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Associate Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Global health security policy and implementation
  • Malaria policy and advocacy
  • Neglected tropical disease control (particularly schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths)
  • One Health (the interface between human, animal, and environmental health), with a focus on zoonotic diseases

Professional Memberships

  • AAAS
  • ISID
  • Royal Geographic Society

Dr. Claire Standley is an Associate Research Professor within the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security, with a primary faculty appointment in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, and a secondary appointment in the Department of International Health. Her research focuses on multisectoral approaches to health systems strengthening and international capacity building for public health, with an emphasis on prevention and control of infectious diseases. Prior to joining Georgetown University, Dr. Standley was a Senior Research Scientist at The George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health, and also served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of State, where she supported programs for laboratory capacity building, disease surveillance, and cooperative research across the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Lower Mekong. To this end, Dr. Standley built on relationships and experience gained as a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, where she examined the relationship between the transmission of disease, biodiversity, and public health, working at field sites in Tanzania and Costa Rica. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Standley is the Managing Editor of, a website dedicated to providing information, sharing resources, and creating linkages between different malaria stakeholders. Since 2015, Dr. Standley has served on the National Academy of Science Committee for One Health Fellowships in Pakistan, a program that provides support for early to mid-career Pakistani academics to gain expertise and skills while pursuing research at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health. Dr. Standley is also an Associate Editor for Science & Diplomacy, a quarterly publication from the Center for Science Diplomacy at AAAS. In 2021, Dr. Standley was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations as a term member. 

Dr. Standley received a B.A. (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Genetics (with a focus on Biomedical Parasitology) from the University of Nottingham, as part of a joint program with the Natural History Museum of London.