Presently he is employed at the Institute of Molecular Biology at the University of Scranton, Scranton PA. He oversees an ongoing project to sequence and annotate the genome of Haloferax volcanii, an extreme halophile. He also assists in the institute's analyses of bacteria that have strong potential for use as biological warfare agents directed against humans.
Research interests focus principally on plant-associated bacteria including systematics, epidemiology and control; plasmid, bacteriophage and bacteriocin characterization and genetics. She also has interest in research policy issues. This work has led to being advisor or consultant to several companies and several Federal agencies, including membership on the NIH-RAC (Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee) and USDA-ABRAC (Agricultural Biotechnology Research Advisory Committee). She has authored or co-authored over 180 scientific articles and a book. In collaboration with colleagues, she also holds two patents.
Dr. Erlick attended the University of Texas at Arlington, earning BS degree in Chemistry, Biology and Physics in 1968. He received a MS degree in Microbial Genetics and Biochemistry from Texas Christian University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Philadelphia in 1974.
From 1974 to 1975 he completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Oncology and Genetics at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. Between 1975 and 1978 he held joint positions of Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medicine and was the Director of the Division of Tumor Biology of The Cancer Institute of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital.
Between 1978 and 1982 he served as a Principal Research Investigator and Deputy Chief, Viral Biology, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland.
In 1982 Dr. Erlick joined U.S. Army Medical Information and Intelligence Agency, renamed the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (AFMIC) in 1986. Since 1982 he served in numerous senior level positions for AFMIC and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) including; Chief of the Scientific & Technical Division and Chief Scientist, AFMIC; Chief of the Department of Defense (DoD) Biological Threat Analysis Center; Chairman of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Subcommittee of the Weapons and Space Systems Intelligence Committee of the Director of Central Intelligence; and Senior Scientist and Deputy Chief of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Analysis Division, DIA. Included in his numerous national awards is the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. He served as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Chief Scientist for Biological and Chemical Warfare before joining the Department of Agriculture in June this year.
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