Heather Manley, Ph.D. joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, as a program manager effective Dec. 1, 2014. Manley comes to IIAD with extensive experience in managing large-scale, federally funded research efforts and, as program manager, will primarily be working with efforts related to development of the AgConnectTM suite of tools.. This is a joint appointment with the Texas A&M University System Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
Manley received her B.A. in Psychology and Biology from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. She is a trained clinical neuroimmunology immunofluorescence technologist and conducted her post-doctoral research in the neurotoxicology branch at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense.
Previously, she worked as a research scientist and director of neurobiology for the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS). TIPS performs large animal good laboratory practice and translational research studies with access to expertise in all major medical and scientific disciplines including surgery, biomedical engineering, advanced imaging, pathology, radiography, interventional cardiology, neurology, animal behavior, chemistry, and engineering. Manley also previously worked at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in Fort Belvoir, VA, where she was a member of the senior leadership team for the Transformational Medical Technologies program, which began as a 5 year, $1.5 billion initiative to revolutionize discovery and development of medical countermeasures and rapidly adaptable platform technologies to counter biological threats and emerging infectious diseases. She provided technical, scientific and programmatic support to the Department of Defense, including the Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs at the Pentagon and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency