James R. Campbell, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Area of Expertise - Indonesia, Biosecurity, Adult Education

Dr. James R. Campbell photoDr. James Campbell came to the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in October 2008. He graduated from UCLA in 1972 and served three years in the U.S. Navy as ship’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Officer, and squadron Equal Opportunity Officer. In 1975 he left active Naval service to attend graduate school, earning a Ph.D. in Microbiology from UCLA. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree, as well as the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, conferred by the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation at Fordham University.

In 1981 Dr. Campbell returned to active duty in the Navy Medical Service Corps, and was sent to the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No.2 (NAMRU-2) in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he served five years as Head of the Departments of Immunology and Parasitology. From 1986 to 1989 he was assigned as Head, Biotechnology Division, Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. In 1989 he transferred to the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, D.C., where he served four years as Program Manager for Molecular Biology, and Director of Biosafety. In 1993 he was assigned to U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No.3, Cairo, Egypt, as Executive Officer and Scientific Director. In 1996 he was awarded the Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. From 1996-1999 he was again assigned to the NRL, where he served as Program Manager for Biotechnology and Environment, responsible for the Navy’s $20 million bioremediation R&D program. In 1999 he returned to Indonesia, where he served two years as Commanding Officer of NAMRU-2. Following a one-year tour at Navy Bureau of Medicine headquarters in Washington, D.C. as Liaison for Force Health Protection to the Chief of Naval Operations (N091/N093), he reported to London, U.K., as Commanding Officer of the Office of Naval Research Global, where he managed international Science and Technology operations and partnership development in the $1.7 billion portfolio of the Chief of Naval Research. He consulted to the Human Factors and Medicine Policy committee for the Research and Technology Organization of NATO. In 2004 he was selected as the first Medical department officer to serve on the CNO Strategic Studies Group, at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2005 he retired from Naval service and began work as Manager for Biosecurity and Biodefense, and Manager for Environmental Biomarkers Diagnostics at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In 2008 he accepted the position of Professor in the College of Security Studies, at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, where he manages the Comprehensive Crisis Management course, and Health Security elective. His academic appointments have included Clinical Research Professor at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Associate Professor in the George Washington University School of Global Health and Health Services, Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at USUHS, Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Maryland and Adjunct Professor at the University of Indonesia School of Medicine.

An avid sailor, surfer and long distance swimmer, he completed a solo swim across the English Channel, 22 miles in 17 hours 41 minutes. He is a certified Navy Business Acquisition Professional, with multiple awards for scientific leadership.

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