Chemical & Biological Defense Programs
Mr. Daniel Ackerman is a Senior Scientist for Chemical and Biological Defense Programs at the National Strategic Research Institute, the University Affiliated Research Center of US Strategic Command and the University of Nebraska.
Ackerman provides wide-ranging technical expertise in biological assays that cover molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, cell/tissue culture, aerosol biology and virology. His experience — rapid adaptability to both in lab and field — and mission execution has led him to become NSRI’s tip of the spear during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has supported missions that cover a broad spectrum of topics within the biodefense realm including hazard mitigation, counter-proliferation, sample collection and detection. Ackerman exemplifies a biological field operator leading and supporting projects under various DOD agencies.
Ackerman has been with NSRI since 2017, contributing his expertise at various NSRI locations to include NSRI National Capital Region Laboratory and Conference Center, NSRI Space Coast Field Office and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, conducting work primarily in a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory.
He has more than 15 years of experience working in various laboratory safety levels ranging from BSL-1 to BSL-4, working with a wide range of Tier 1 select agents. Prior to his appointment at NSRI, Ackerman worked at the Integrated Research Facility (IRF), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Frederick, Maryland. While at the IRF, Ackerman was a part of the Core Services Molecular Team and deployed to Liberia as part of the IRF Response Team during the 2014-2016 Ebola Outbreak, conducting diagnostic and serology on Ebola patients, survivors and close contacts.
In 2014, Ackerman completed a rotation at NCI as a post-baccalaureate, conducting HIV research and various molecular cloning work.
Ackerman graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University and is currently a doctoral student in the biological defense and health security program at UNMC, specializing in bio-aerosol and virology studies.
- Porous liquid metal-elastomer composites with high leakage resistance and antimicrobial property for skin-interfaced bioelectronics
- The size and culturability of patient-generated SARS-CoV-2 aerosol
- Nanofiber capsules for minimally invasive sampling of biological specimens from gastrointestinal tract
- Infectious Aerosol Capture Mask as Environmental Control to Reduce Spread of Respiratory Viral Particles
- Implementation of a COVID-19 cohort area resulted in no surface or air contamination in surrounding areas in one academic emergency department
- Ultra-absorptive Nanofiber Swabs for Improved Collection and Test Sensitivity of SARS-CoV-2 and other Biological Specimens
- Development of Lentiviral Vectors for HIV-1 Gene Therapy with Vif-Resistant APOBEC3G