Claire J. Standley

Claire J. Standley is an associate professor with the Center of Global Health Science and Security, with faculty appointments in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Department of Global Health at Georgetown University. Dr. Standley also maintains an affiliation with the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health in Germany. Her research focuses on multisectoral approaches to health systems strengthening and international capacity building for public health, with an emphasis on prevention and control of infectious diseases. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Standley is the managing editor of, a website dedicated to providing information, sharing resources, and creating linkages between different malaria stakeholders. Between 2015-2021, Dr. Standley served on the National Academy of Science Committee for One Health Fellowships in Pakistan, a program that provided support for early to mid-career Pakistani academics to gain expertise and skills while pursuing research at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health. Dr. Standley is also an associate editor for Science & Diplomacy, a quarterly publication from the Center for Science Diplomacy at AAAS, and on the editorial board for PLoS Global Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

Her academic training has been highly interdisciplinary, spanning zoology, conservation, parasitology, ecology, and genetics. Dr. Standley received a B.A. (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Genetics (with a focus on Biomedical Parasitology) from the University of Nottingham, as part of a joint program with the Natural History Museum of London. She was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, where she examined the relationship between the transmission of disease, biodiversity, and public health, working at field sites in Tanzania and Costa Rica. Dr. Standley was an AAAS fellow at the U.S. Department of State and is a current term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.


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