School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Bioterrorism Guest Speakers

We will have guest speakers from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group, New South Wales Police, as well as:

Dr Chau Bui

Dr Chau Bui is currently doing a PhD on spatial modelling of Avian Influenza viruses in birds and humans. She has completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from USYD (2012) and a Masters of International Public Health from UNSW (2015). Her research interests include zoonotic diseases and geospatial analysis.


Chief Thomas Engells

Chief of Police, The University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department

Chief Thomas Engells is the Chief of Police at The University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department and an expert on vulnerability assessment in the hospital research sector. He has a Masters of Science (Criminal Justice Management) and a Masters of Arts (Homeland Defense and Security). He was selected as the inaugural recipient of The University of Texas System Police Pace Setter Award, 2012; The University of Texas Police Chief of the Year, 2011 and 2014; The Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators -  Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year in 2006 and has served as Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee of the MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Associate Professor Brian Gerber

Director, Emergency Management and Homeland Security program, College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University

Associate Professor Brian Gerber is Director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program at the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University. Dr Gerber’s research specialization areas include disaster policy and management, homeland security policy and administration, and environmental regulatory policy. He has extensive experience performing policy analysis and program evaluation work for state and local government agencies, as well as major national non-profit agencies engaged in disaster relief and recovery work.  Currently he is working on research related to local governments and climate change, large scale disaster evacuation management, the dynamics of natural hazards governance.


Eric T Haas

Eric T Haas spent over a decade in municipal public safety emergency services as a paramedic firefighter, instructor, and field training officer before accepting a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Mr. Haas is currently assigned to the Counter-IED Section of the Critical Incident Response Group, where he provides specialized medical support to CBRNE response teams.  Mr. Haas graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Mary Washington College (Fredericksburg, VA), and obtained a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management, with Honors, from American Public University (Charlestown, WV).


Peta Mantel

Clinical Epidemiologist, Department of Defence

Peta Mantel is a clinical epidemiologist with the Department of Defence. She has a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology with Merit and a Masters in Applied Science (Environmental Health). Over her 18 years in the Australian Army she has gained a wealth of experience in domestic and international health threats. She has previously worked as a senior environmental health officer for the United Nations in Timor Leste and the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. During her time in Timor Leste she was worked as part of the WHO outbreak investigation team for various infectious disease outbreaks among deployed troops and the local population. She has also undertaken the role of Deputy Chief Inspector of the biological weapons inspection team in Iraq in 1998 as part of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq. Her interest lies in pandemic warning and the early detection of the emergence of pathogens with pandemic potential.


Chief Inspector, Caroline O'Hare

Chief Inspector Caroline O’Hare has been a police officer for the past thirty five years. She is qualified as and performed duty in the following areas; Detective, Police Prosecutor, Counter Terrorism Negotiation Team Leader, Intelligence Analyst. She has been involved in counter terrorism since 1987. She is also a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW and has degrees in Criminology and Policing. In 2008, Caroline was awarded the "Most Outstanding Female Leader of the Year" by the Australasian Council of Women in Policing Awards. In 2016, she was awarded Australian Police Medal (APM) by the Governor General of Australia in the Australia Day Honours list, for Distinguished Service. She has been involved in the police response to major incidents including Australia’s first terrorism cold case investigation into the bombings of the Israeli Consulate Sydney and the Hakoah Club Bondi involving collaboration with the US FBI, the Israeli National Police and seventeen other international law enforcement agencies. In 2000, Caroline was appointed Commander Operations, Dignitary Protection Sydney 2000 Olympics. She was the Negotiation Team Leader for the arrest of Ivan Milat, serial murderer and for the Cangai Siege on the north coast of NSW that involved three offenders who had murdered five people across three states, and had taken hostages including children in a remote farmhouse. All hostages were safely released through negotiation.


Professor Bill Rawlinson

Senior Medical Virologist and Director of Serology and Virology at South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Health Service

Professor Bill Rawlinson is Senior Medical Virologist and Director of Serology and Virology at South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Health Service. He is Director of the TGA licensed laboratory testing NSW organ donors for blood borne viruses, and the virology research laboratory. He is a molecular virologist with particular expertise in herpes viruses (CMV), emerging viruses, enteroviruses, and respiratory viruses.


Dr Jennifer Moore

Dr Moore is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law, a barrister and solicitor of the New Zealand High Court, and an epidemiologist and health sociologist (PhD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne). She specialises in health law and torts. She was the 2015-2016 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at Stanford where she undertook health law research. Prior to joining UNSW Law in 2017, Moore was a Senior Lecturer in Preventive Medicine and Acting Director of the Legal Issues Centre, Faculties of Medicine and Law, University of Otago in New Zealand. She was a lecturer in the Health Sciences Department, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University, Australia (2003-2006). She has also studied and worked as an academic at Hebrew University in Israel. Her non-academic roles have included serving as a Legal and Policy Advisor to the New Zealand Law Commissioners (2011-212) and a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Health Law Committee.