Dr. Mark Chandler led a seminar at Columbia University to promote public-private collaboration on WMD proliferation and bioterrorism issues.

The EastWest Institute, the Center for International Business Education and   Research (CIBER) and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) hosted Dr. Mark Chandler's lecture entitled "Private Sector Coordination with Governments in Response to the Threat of Bio-Terrorism" at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, on October 18, 2007. Mr. Brandon Declet, Counsel to the US House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security also presented. The seminar was intended to promote collaboration between leaders and experts on issues surrounding WMD proliferation and to bring the public and private sectors closer together in response to the threat of bioterrorism. Stuart Gottlieb of SIPA moderated the Q&A session.


Mark Chandler

Chairman and CEO, Biophysical

In 1982 Mark Chandler founded Inland Laboratories Inc. to provide plant and bacterial toxins to the medical research community. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Inland, Dr. Chandler received the KPMG High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1987. He later co-founded Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ:LMNX), which develops, manufactures and markets innovative biological testing technologies to clinical researchers. Chandler served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Luminex until 2002, when he formed Rules-Based Medicine to further identify and develop multi-analyte testing protocols. He now leads Biophysical Corporation, which makes this testing directly available to consumers.

Chandler established the Foundation for a Healthier World to apply the large-scale multi-analyte profiles created by Rules-Based Medicine to healthcare issues in the developing world. Supported by Chandler and major corporate contributors, the Foundation will also undertake disease surveillance and epidemiological studies to further the understanding of infectious diseases worldwide.

Chandler received his doctorate in immunology from UT Southwestern Medical School. Chandler is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and The National Center for Genome Resources.

Brandon D. Declet

Counsel to the US House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security

Mr. Declet serves as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security which has oversight over the Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he is responsible for the development of legislative, oversight, and policy initiatives with an emphasis in the areas of intelligence and counterterrorism. He was previously an Intelligence Research Specialist for the Counter Terrorism Bureau of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and an adjunct professor at the John C. Whitehead School of International Relations and Diplomacy at Seton Hall University. He also served as a senior analyst with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), specializing in strategic planning, military transformation and international security. Mr. Declet has a BA from Union College and a JD from the Fordham University School of Law; he is currently pursuing his LLM in national security law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Stuart Gottlieb

Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Stuart Gottlieb is a lecturer in the Department of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches courses on American foreign policy and terrorism. Dr. Gottlieb is also a senior partner of Prides Crossing Executive Communication, LLC, a speechwriting and communications consulting firm based in New York City.

Prior to joining SIPA in 2003, Gottlieb worked for five years in the United States Senate, first as senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, and subsequently as policy advisor and chief speechwriter for Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut. He has also worked on a number of political campaigns, among which include New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s reelection campaign in 1997. family.

Gottlieb holds a BA in political science and journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and two MA degrees and a PhD in international relations from Columbia University. He has held prior teaching positions at Brown University and Yale University. Gottlieb’s research interests include terrorism and American foreign policy.