Raina MacIntyre is Professor of Global Biosecurity and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, Australia, and an adjunct professor at Arizona State University. She is a specialist physician with a master's and PhD in epidemiology. She is a graduate of the Australian FETP. She heads the Biosecurity Program of research in prediction, control and prevention of epidemic infectious diseases, pandemics and bioterrorism. She has pioneered concepts of risk analysis and biological threat detection using cross-disciplinary methods.
Her current research focuses on epidemic emerging infections, vaccines, personal protective equipment, aerosol dynamics, dispersion of respiratory pathogens, and bioterrorism detection and prevention. Her awards include the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal and Prize from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the PHAA Immunization Achievement Award, the CAPHIA Research Award, and the Frank Fenner Award. She has published on the risks of dual use research of concern (DURC)–research intended to benefit humanity, which may also harm humanity. Specifically, she is interested in the risks of biological DURC such as synthetic biology and genetic engineering of pathogens and in community engagement with the debate. In 2018, she was a member of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) committee for developing the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct in Veterinary Research Identifying, Assessing and Managing Dual Use Research. She has more than 370 peer-reviewed publications and sits on several expert committees and editorial boards.