Fellow, Council on Strategic Risks
Yong-Bee Lim is a Fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR). He is also a Doctoral Candidate at George Mason University’s Biodefense Program with a specialization in Terrorism and Homeland Security. His dissertation work examines how emerging technologies and non-traditional actors such as the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Bio community are affecting the benefits and risks associated with the life sciences and other science disciplines.
His interactions with the DIYBio community have offered him unique opportunities in building bridges between the safety, security, and citizen science communities. He was an organizer and speaker at multiple Global BioSummits – a MIT Media Lab-led 3-day citizen-science conference. He also created an initiative through the Global BioSummit platform that brought together citizen scientists and public health professionals to discuss safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also joined the efforts of the Speaker Lab group of the Biohacking Village (associated with DEF CON) and its mission to serve as a hub and a catalyst for addressing safety, security, and equity issues that exist at the nexus of emerging tech, healthcare, innovation, and society.
He was chosen as a Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI) Fellow in 2018. In addition, he was a recipient of the full-ride Presidential Scholarship for the Biodefense program at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government.
In the past, he also worked as a researcher in a number of government institutions, including the Office for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (HHS/ASPR, the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (DoD), and at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (DoE).
Mr. Lim holds a master’s degree in Biodefense from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the same institution.